An interesting study on ketogenic diet’s effects on postmenopausal women done by a group of Italian researchers has been presented at the ObesityWeek Congress, taking place in Washington these days.
22 elderly women were included in the research. They all had BMI higher than 35, high blood sugar levels, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. At baseline (and then after 12 and after 24 weeks) a series of measurements were taken: weight, BMI, waist circumference, fat mass, cholesterol, triglycerides, fasted blood sugar levels. They also measured the mineral density of bones. All participants were on a ketogenic diet for 24 weeks.
The results were nothing short of amazing. The average weight loss was 19.9 kg, fat mass loss 10.8% and waist circumference decrease 22 cm. Also notable decreases in blood sugar, triglycerides and total cholesterol were measured, while increase of HDL was present as well. The only thing that didn’t change was the bone density, which is good news as it proves that properly structured ketogenic diet does not negatively affect the bones. No significant side effects were present after 24 weeks of ketogenic diet, bringing the researchers to the conclusion that “the diet it is safe and helpful for postmenopausal women” (Vranceanu et al., 2017).
VRANCEANU, M. et al. 2017. A5303 – Long term effects of a ketogenic diet with MaVketoFast pro supplement on blood glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, waist circumference and weight control in obese postmenopausal women. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, vol. 13, no. 10, Supplement, pp. S200.