A low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet is a dietary approach that has gained popularity in recent years. It is characterized by high fat, moderate protein, and low carbohydrate intake, typically ranging from 5-10% of daily calories. By restricting carbohydrate intake, the body is forced to enter a state of ketosis, in which it burns fat for fuel instead of carbohydrates.
This shift in metabolism has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including weight loss, improved blood sugar control, reduced inflammation, and even potential benefits for neurological disorders. While the diet may not be suitable for everyone, it is a promising option for those seeking an effective and sustainable approach to weight loss and overall health improvement.
Chronic pain affects millions of people worldwide, and while there are various management options available, a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet may be a promising solution. In a clinical trial, researchers evaluated the effects of a ketogenic diet on reported pain, blood biomarkers, and quality of life in patients with chronic pain
The trial included participants with chronic musculoskeletal pain who were recruited for a 12-week diet intervention. The diet intervention commenced with a 3-week run-in diet removing ultra-processed foods, followed by randomization to either a whole-food/well-formulated ketogenic diet (WFKD) or to continue with the minimally processed whole-food diet (WFD).
The results of the trial showed that both groups experienced improvements in average weekly pain. The WFKD group experienced a reduction in visual analogue scale pain scores by 17.9 ± 5.2 mm (P = .004), while the WFD group experienced a reduction of 11.0 ± 9.0 mm (P = .006). Both groups also reported improved quality of life, with the WFKD group demonstrating an 11.5 ± 2.8% improvement (P = .001) and the WFD group demonstrating an 11.0 ± 3.5% improvement (P = .014).