Is a ketogenic diet healthy for everyone, not just people with diabetes or weight issues?

By Dr. Stephen Phinney and the Virta Team

We humans are a very diverse lot, and there is no known diet that is perfect for everyone.  Given its ability to reduce insulin resistance and reduce inflammation, a well-formulated ketogenic diet has clear benefits for people with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and in most cases of obesity.  There is also research being done to assess the benefits of nutritional ketosis in people with irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and some forms of cancer. And of course, there’s also almost a century of experience with the ketogenic diet halting or reducing seizures in children and adults.    

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    Micheline Vargas December 11, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Can you share your experience with patients with IBS-D that have increased diarrhea when eating high fat? Would you expect diarrhea to dissipate over time with a KD or is a KD not appropriate for this population? If you have any references on KD and IBS or IBD you could share I would be grateful. Thank you, Micheline


    1. Virta Health

      Micheline, Thank you for your question. There are anecdotal reports of a ketogenic diet improving symptoms of IBS-D, which may be due to reduced inflammation as well as reduced intake of FODMAP foods. In patients that are experiencing an increase in diarrhea, it is important to take a closer look at the foods you are eating to determine if they are contributing to your symptoms. I’d recommend checking out this post for more information:


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