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Ketogenic Diet for Obesity and Diabetes: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

Aug 17, 2019
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Amber Satz, PharmD Candidate, LECOM School of Pharmacy

The ketogenic diet is catching the attention of millions of people across the world. It is important for clinicians and patients with diabetes to understand the clinical evidence or lack thereof that supports the exercise of the ketogenic diet. As this diet, which emphasizes the elimination of nearly all carbohydrates, consuming moderate amounts of protein and high levels of fat, continues to gain popularity, there is concern in the medical community regarding the benefits vs risks from a lifestyle focused on these dietary habits.

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