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In 2018, the ketogenic or "keto" diet topped the list of trending health-related questions searched on Google. The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. The idea is that getting most of your calories from fat forces your body to use different energy pathways. Instead of carbs for energy, the body burns fat, entering a state called "ketosis." While the ketogenic diet may be recommended for some people with uncontrolled epilepsy to help control seizures, for most people the high fat content combined with limits on nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and grains is a concern for long-term heart health.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietician nutritionist, will discuss the keto diet and compare it with other popular diet plans, including the Mediterranean diet; Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, also known as the "DASH diet"; and the Mayo Clinic diet. Also on the program, Dr. Tobias Kohler, a Mayo Clinic urologist, will explain why vasectomy rates rise in March. And Dr. Jan Buckner, chair of Oncology at Mayo Clinic's Rochester, Minnesota, campus, will discuss why deaths from cancer in the U.S. continue a 25-year decline.
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