The (brief) history of the ketogenic diet🥑...
Why was a diet based primarily off of fat ever introduced? If we follow the history of the ketogenic diet back to its inception, we’ll find ourselves in the early 1900s. The diet was born on the premise that fasting could be used to treat epilepsy - something that had been known for a very long time. Fasting is an ancient practice, known throughout centuries as a therapy against a host of ailments, including seizures. However, fasting came with its obvious limitations, and simply was not sustainable in the long run. In search for an alternative, clinicians at the Mayo Clinic created a dietary approach with the goal of mimicking the metabolic state of fasting, wherein dietary carbohydrates were replaced with fat - a diet that would be coined “The Ketogenic Diet”. In 1921, these researchers quickly put the ketogenic diet to the test in the first ever clinical study which reported remarkable success in reducing seizures in epileptic patients. As the success from this trial spread across the U.S., many clinicians began implementing the diet into their practice, and scientists began researching it. Today, the ketogenic diet extends far beyond the treatment of epilepsy, and our incredible line-up of speakers including top physicians, scientists, and thought leaders will be presenting the latest research on it at MHS 2019! Get your tickets at metabolichealthsummit.com and save $150 on General Admission this upcoming Cyber Monday! #MHS2019