28 February 19
Do Not Start Keto Until You Take a DNA Test.
The ketogenic diet may cause serious damage to your heart, depending on your DNA.
By now, you’ve probably heard of the ketogenic diet, or “keto.”
The idea is simple: you consume a lot of fats and proteins, with little to no carbohydrates.
Most people love the idea of this diet because it’s filled with some of their favorite (and often forbidden) foods, including:
- Chicken & Beef.
Unfortunately, many fruits and vegetables are conspicuously missing from this diet plan because of their high carbohydrate content, although the nutritional implications of not eating fruits or vegetables is somewhat debatable.
For now, we’re going to focus on the more dangerous and DNA-driven risks: heart damage and weight management.
Heart Attack and Weight Response to Fats: Keto Is Not for Everyone.
Some variations of the APOA5 gene are tied to a 2-fold increase in your risk of an early heart attack.
Meanwhile, other variations may cause you to gain more body fat while on the ketogenic diet than other, low-fat diets.
The PPARG gene can also contribute to a slower fat metabolism, making the keto diet less beneficial for certain people.
Certain kinds of fats, such as saturated fats, also have a unique genetic component. The FABP2 gene may increase your body’s sensitivity to saturated fats in particular.
Losing Weight on a Keto Diet Doesn’t Necessarily Mean It’s Healthy.
While losing body fat is considered healthy, it’s not the only indicator of your overall health.
Your cardiovascular health, your risk of a heart attack, or the possibility of a stroke may be worse on a ketogenic diet, even if you’re successfully losing weight.
Some people may suffer an early heart attack if they consume too much fat.
It’s also worth noting that since the keto diet typically contains a large amount of processed, smoked, or grilled meats, it may increase your risk of cancer.
This is especially true for people with certain variations of the NAT2 gene, which causes “slow inactivation of heterocyclic amine which forms carcinogens,” causing cancer in humans.
Before You Begin Any Diet, Take a DNA Test.
Keto is not the only potentially dangerous diet plan.
While saturated fats may be a problem for some people, others may have more trouble with carbohydrates.
There are hundreds of genes that determine what the best diet and exercise program is for you.