Keto Drinks vs. Keto Diet: Dr. Chris Palmer

Exogenous (Liquid) Ketones vs. Ketogenic Diet

Dr. Palmer expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of exogenous ketones alone, based on clinical experience and the lack of case reports of children controlling their epilepsy using exogenous ketones without also following a strict ketogenic diet.

Dr. Palmer noted that patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia who have tried to switch off the ketogenic diet using exogenous ketones experienced a return of their symptoms.

The guest speculated that the effectiveness of the ketogenic diet is not solely due to ketones themselves, but rather a multifaceted story involving lowered glucose levels, improved insulin signaling, increased mitochondrial biogenesis in the liver, changes in the gut microbiome, and hormonal changes. Simply drinking ketones while consuming a high-carbohydrate diet may not be enough to achieve the desired benefits.

However, the guest suggested that exogenous ketones may prove invaluable in clinical use for patients who cannot follow a super strict ketogenic diet but could adhere to a low-carb diet.

Additionally, the guest proposed a potential scenario where exogenous ketones could be used to help individuals with alcohol use disorder manage their cravings by drinking ketones instead of alcohol.

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