Not just kidney failure, keto diet could harm your other organs too

Not just kidney failure, keto diet could harm your other organs too





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The society has set unrealistic expectations about a body, which increases fourfold if you are a celebrtiy under the limelight, or wanting more limelight. In order to achieve that perfect body, many people take up diets which they think they know all about.

One such popular diet is the ketoginc diet, which many have benefitted from. However, on mistake could cost a life, which was the case with actress Mishti Mukherjee. She recently passed away after suffering kidney failure, which is only one of the many side-effects of the diet.

Other side effects:

1) Problems with digestion:

The ketogenic diet could also harm the intestines. It is likely to cause digestive discomfort and constipation since the diet does not consist many foods with fibre.

2) Heart problems:

Being a high-fat diet, keto diet might help raise cholestrol, thus putting individuals at risk of a heart disease.

3) Liver problems:

If an individual is already suffering from a liver problem, going on a keto diet will only worsen the condition, warn experts.

4) Low blood sugar:

Individuals with type 1 diabetes are adviced to stay away from the diet, basically because it could lead to low haemoglobin A1c (a type of blood sugar) levels, putting the individuals at a high risk. According to a study by the Oxford University, keto diet is efficient only for a short term in type 2 diabetes patients.

More symptoms:

Keto flu: 

Fatigue, nausea, dizziness, headaches, constipation are just a few side effects of the diet. Indian Journal of Medical Research study has found that keto diet could lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance in the body.

Kidney stones:

Scientists from Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil have found a direct co-relation in the diet and blood, urine becoming more acidic. The high-meat intake leads to increased excretion of calcium in urine, thus putting an individual at a high risk for developing kidney stone.

Long term negative effects due to nutrient deficiency:

Vitamins B and C, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium deficiency come along with the keto diet. The intake of unhealthy fats could lead to long-term negative effects, especially without the consumption of fruits and legumes.

How to do the diet right:

Follow the age-old advice and go consult a dietician before starting the keto diet. They could study your condition in more detail and help you with a personalized plan for weight loss, which would be way better than the keto diet and could possibly save your life.

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