How does Keto affect women?

Studies have shown that the Keto diet has many benefits, but do those benefits apply to women?

Studies have shown that following a keto diet aids weight loss by increasing fat burning and decreasing calorie intake and hunger-promoting hormones like insulin. Does this weight loss work for women too?

One study that tested 45 women with ovarian or endometrial cancer, found that women who followed a ketogenic diet for 12 weeks had significantly less total body fat and lost 16% more belly fat than women assigned to a low fat, high fiber diet.

The ketogenic diet also limits carb intake to less than 10% of total calories. For this reason, the diet is favored by women with high blood sugar, including those with type 2 diabetes.

A 4-month study that included 58 women with obesity and type 2 diabetes found that a very low calorie keto diet caused significantly greater weight loss and reductions in fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) than a standard low-calorie diet.

HbA1c is a marker of long-term blood sugar control.

A 2019 case study in a 65-year-old woman with a 26-year history of type 2 diabetes and depression demonstrated that after following a ketogenic diet for 12 weeks, along with psychotherapy and high intensity exercise, her HbA1c dropped out of the diabetic range.

Her fasting blood sugar and her markers for clinical depression normalized. Essentially, this case study showed that the ketogenic diet reversed this woman’s type 2 diabetes

Research has shown that the ketogenic diet may be effective at promoting weight loss and improving blood sugar regulation in women. Plus, it may be beneficial when used as a complementary therapy in women with certain types of cancers. 

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