The Low Carbohydrate, Healthy Fat Diet for Children and Teenagers
If you are considering adopting the Low Carbohydrate, Healthy Fat diet for yourself and your family, it’s worth first looking into the benefits and possible risks for your child or children.
In this blog, we will discuss:
- Type 2 diabetes and obesity in children
- Ketones as a primary fuel source
- Cholesterol levels in children
You should never adopt the Low Carbohydrate, Healthy Fat diet for your children if you have not spoken to your GP and received consent to do so. If you’re interested in this diet, speak to Dr Sanjeev Balakrishnan at Park Medical Group.
Type 2 diabetes and obesity in children
According to Low Carb Down Under, there are no nutrients found in carbohydrate-filled foods that can’t be found in low-carb alternatives. There are no requirements for carbohydrates in our diets – and this includes children. Eating more fats and protein as advocated by the Low Carb, Healthy Fat diet means staying fuller for longer.
If children are exposed to large amounts of carbs in their diet, especially over a long period of time, it is possible that they may become insulin resistant, which will potentially lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes and obesity. According to Low Carb Down Under, “Behavioural problems such as ADHD have also been linked to excessive carbohydrate intake.”
If you want to get your child’s health off to the right start, book an appointment with Dr Sanjeev Balakrishnan at Park Medical Group today and speak to him about the benefits of the Low Carb, Healthy Fat diet.
Ketones as a primary fuel source
The brain can run just as well on ketones derived from a Low Carb, Healthy Fat diet as it can from glucose derived from carbohydrates. Protein and fat are essential components to brain development and restricting these from your child’s diet due to the recommendations of standard dietary guidelines could be a mistake.
If you’d like to learn more about the science behind the Low Carb, High Fat diet and what your child needs to grow and become a healthy adult, book an appointment with Dr Sanjeev at Park Medical Group today. Under the guidance of Dr Jason Fung, Dr Sanjeev applies techniques to manage weight loss and treat metabolic-related issues and can provide a guided weight loss program or help you to reverse type 2 diabetes, fatty live and metabolic syndrome through lifestyle modifications without the use of medications, supplements or surgery.
Cholesterol levels in children
According to Low Carb Down Under, “Cholesterol levels have been shown to increase slightly when children start on a Low Carb, High [Healthy] Fat diet, but these tend to normalise over time.” This diet can be a very effective treatment for children or teenagers who have already deve3loped insulin resistance.
You should not adopt this diet for an infant or toddler, and please do not begin the Low Carb, Healthy Fat diet for your child or teenager before consulting your family GP. Doctor Sanjeev would love to discuss the benefits of this diet with you and talk about the specific needs of your family. Book an appointment with Park Medical Group today!