Dr. Sarah Hallberg: How does a ketogenic diet affect inflammation?
And what we can say about
inflammation is multiple studies,
including ours, have shown
a significant decrease
in inflammatory markers with
the start of a ketogenic diet.
In fact, in our large
study with type 2 diabetes,
we actually saw a 40%
reduction in something called
C-reactive protein, which
is an inflammatory marker
directly linked to being a
cardiovascular risk factor.
So 40% reduction is substantial.
And there’s mechanistic studies
as to why this is the case, too.
Because the question is great,
I’m glad it’s gone down, but why?
And so actually it looks like
it is the beta-Hydroxybutyrate,
which is that ketone body,
that is directly involved in decreasing
inflammation in the body.
So again, LDL-P levels for most people
will stay the same or decrease.
They can increase for some temporarily,
and for a few, if they rise and stay up,
then that is a risk
conversation that you need
to have with your individual physician.
But for almost everyone,
inflammation not only decreases,
but decreases substantially with the start
of a ketogenic diet.