Ketogenic (low-carb/high-fat) diets are popular largely due to their well-evidenced yet still-controversial effects on weight loss and body composition. Some individuals go “keto” for mental and cognitive benefits, to increase energy levels, or to enhance some aspect of physical performance (another debatable area of research).

New avenues for the application of ketosis are focusing on more understudied areas such as longevity (lifespan-extension) and cardiovascular health. This is where things get interesting, because rather than just a weight-loss tool, ketones might have a role for preventing disease and extending lifespan and healthspan in humans. …

Brady Holmer

PhD candidate at the University of Florida — Science writing with a particular focus on exercise and nutrition interventions, aging, health, and disease.

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