Health Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet

May 25, 2018
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Dr. D'Agostino discusses mechanics and benefits of the ketogenic diet. Ketosis has many health benefits including increasing insulin sensitivity, enhancing brain metabolism, decreasing reactive oxygen species, spurring on mitochondrial biogenesis, and improvement of many health conditions. Ketosis is not to be confused with the Atkins Diet as the ketogenic diet does not recommend a high amount of protein as high protein levels lead to sugar spikes and an increase in insulin levels which many experts believe leads to the pathway of chronic diseases. One does not need to be in ketosis all the time in order to get its benefits. Periodic ketosis can be aided with certain dietary tricks such as MCT oils, bulletproof coffee. Ketosis has been shown to help with cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as seizures, ALzheimer's disease.

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Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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