Keto followers will experience rapid weight loss initially. The questions to be asked are if it is sustainable, are there long-term health issues not yet identified, is there a downside to eliminating fruits and beans, and limiting vegetables with their beneficial antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. And there are studies showing that in the long term, non keto eating plans that are low in simple sugar and carbs but include fruits and whole grains produce similar results to the ketogenic diet.
There is intriguing emerging research on the ketogenic diet. A recent study in Diabetes Therapy reported on 218 people with diabetes following a ketogenic diet. After one year, blood glucose levels improved and insulin and medication use decreased. Other interesting ketogenic diet research is with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.