Ketogenic diets are attractive to many people because they encourage you to eat a lot of tasty stuff – butter, red meat, cheese. Studies are now showing increased health risks from this fad diet. But this appears ill advised. Increasing evidence such as from a study by Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers indicates that ketogenic diets that severely restrict carbohydrates and replace them mostly with fats appear to be associated with increased risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD. It is not until the disease has progressed to a more serious stage, like nonalcoholic steatohepatitis NASH or cirrhosis scarring of the liver, that patients and doctors become alerted to the problem. Researchers also suggest the condition is linked to increased risk of liver cancer as well as increased risk of other forms of cancer.
Doctors are worried about an increasingly common condition called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, in which extra fat builds up in the liver. It may lead to serious consequences like cirrhosis and liver cancer — just like liver problems caused by drinking too much alcohol. Scientists also believe the condition is linked to increased risk of liver cancer even in the absence of clear-cut cirrhosis, Rosen said. He has seen preliminary results from a Mayo Clinic study that suggest NAFLD can increase susceptibility to other forms of cancer as well. Hugo Rosen, a liver disease specialist at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has seen an increase in the proportion of patients with fatty liver disease. In NASH, the liver becomes inflamed and damaged, which can cause scarring and higher risk of cancer or liver failure. Concerning results could indicate the need for referral to a liver specialist and a liver biopsy. Vitamin E and the diabetes drug pioglitazone have helped some patients, but results are inconsistent, he said. The FDA has approved no drugs for the disease yet.
Bifidobacterium longum seems to be the most effective probiotic strain at reducing liver fat, inflammation, and endotoxin levels. I don’t want my health issues to worsen because i’m trying something new. It may lead to serious consequences like cirrhosis and liver cancer —just like liver problems caused by drinking too much alcohol. Reply: Find a good naturopath.