Ketogenic Diet: Anti Aging & Longevity Benefits

Keto diet and longevity. So most people
realize that keto is great for burning fat and losing weight but then they hear
on the other side a lot of opponents claiming that the body needs
carbohydrate and if you cut it out too extremely you won’t live as long and
it’s unhealthy and side-effects and so forth so let’s take a really close look
at the mechanisms and what’s really going on here. So there’s a lot of
studies out but one review study I found which was interesting was ketone bodies
mimic the lifespan extending properties of caloric restriction so back in 1935
they found out that rats lived longer if you fed them less so they reduced their
diet they reduced their caloric intake basically starved them by feeding them
30 to 50 percent less than a normal rat would eat and they found when they did
that continuously then the average lifespan of the rat went from 500 days
to 820 days so about a 60% increase in longevity and ever since then there has
been this association between calorie restriction and longevity and they’ve
been able to duplicate this in a number of different species so it’s not just
like rats they’ve done it with tiny tiny things like yeast or nematodes or fruit
flies but they also done it with mice and primates so what is it about calorie
restriction that makes you live longer that’s what they try to figure out and
they had different theories maybe it’s that the cells turn over slower there’s
less wear and tear maybe it’s that the body fat is reduced when you starve the
rats maybe the fat is so bad that it it’s to
sit on your body that it it does bad things and makes you live shorter maybe
it’s the inflammation because we all know inflammation is is bad and starving
reduces overall inflammation may be body temperature because once you restrict
once you starve it the body thinks I don’t have as much to burn so I better
conserve it and turn down the furnace I can last a little longer or insulin
they’ve noticed that a lot of these things seem to do with insulin so let’s
look at insulin just a little bit closer and realize that insulin is what they
call a mitogenic hormone what that means is it increases mitosis and mitosis is
cell division or cell replication so anytime a cell makes a copy of itself
then it divides one time and they found that you only have so many copies
available it’s called a hayflick limit and it’s tied in to longevity and
telomeres and so forth which is a genetic marker of how long you can live
based on these cell divisions and we found that insulin increases the
turnover rate it increases the rate at which cells make copies so that can be
good in terms of of growth or repair but it can be really really bad because it
also increases cancer because it makes the cancer cells turnover and replicate
faster too and it’s been associated with atherosclerosis because it makes the
first of all it increases inflammation and a lot of the plaquing is in response
to that but it’s also been shown to increase the formation of the a
thoroughness of the atherosclerosis which leads to heart disease and of
course it’s been linked to aging because insulin if it tends makes the cells
turnover faster then it increases the rate of aging so when we look back
because they could never quite figure out which one of these is it but once we
look at this we realize that insulin has to do with virtually every single one of
them because insulin increases the turnover insulin is a fat storing
hormone insulin is inflammatory increases inflammation body temperature I don’t know if that would be directly linked
specifically to insulin and of course the insulin is linked to insulin so most
of the reasons for the mechanism is tied to insulin so what happens when we storm
the rats well there’s two things that always go together first is that we
reduce insulin because insulin is there to process carbohydrates and when you
eat less you’re gonna eat less carbohydrates
there’s less need for insulin you’re also going to increase ketones
so these always go together insulin and less insulin and more ketones they
always go together and it is always healthy it’s always
favorable except in one case and that is in type 1 diabetes when the insulin goes
to zero and then the ketones go sky-high which is a pathologic disease condition
as long as you have the ability to make some insulin then it is healthy to
increase the ketones and there’s different ways to increase the ketones
so we know it happens in starvation or in fasting which is prolonged periods of
not eating whether it’s voluntary or involuntary fasting is generally
considered voluntary and starvation’s considered involuntary exercise will
increase ketones and low carb diets with increased ketones so the question then
becomes which one is it that produces the beneficial results is it less
insulin or is it more ketones and we don’t have a clear answer on this but we
don’t really have to worry about it because one always follows the other so
if we get one we always get the other they both seem to have tremendous
benefits to themselves if we reduce insulin we reduced 95% of all
degenerative disease when we increase ketones we tend to get
certain observable benefits as well we can treat various different conditions
with it we know obesity and diabetes improve
with ketosis but they’ve also found a lot of other
neurological conditions that have pretty much been resistant or they didn’t get
any results at all until they tried ketones and things like Alzheimer’s and
Parkinson’s and ALS really severe neurological diseases tend to get better
with more ketones one more thing that ketones do is they’re metabolized
differently inside the cell inside your cell you have mitochondria which produce
most of the energy for you the vast majority of all energy used is in the
mitochondria and they have different pathways and it turns out the ketones go
through a more efficient pathway they can bypass a step or two and therefore
they can produce more ATP or more of your energy currency per unit of oxygen
so it’s more efficient and it produces less damage less oxidative damage by
burning ketones and burning other sources of fuel and one thing we have to
realize which this is my opinion based on a bigger perspective and a way of
observing things naturally is you don’t improve all these different conditions
you can’t improve such a wide variety of condition by making someone less healthy
so the biggest detractor for the opponents the biggest argument is that
sure it helps for for obesity and diabetes but we don’t know the long-term
effects we it’s it’s bad for this or you have to have carbs or fat is is bad and
they’re pulling these statements but they can’t really put the picture
together but the one picture I want to keep in mind is if it brings together if
you’d improve such a wide variety of conditions then it’s not a bad thing So
ever since 1935 when they first figured this out
the calorie restriction has been a huge topic it’s been something that people
say oh yeah if only I could do that if only I could restrict my calories for
the rest of my life then I would live a whole lot longer but the problem is when
you starve yourself then unless you want to be a rat and they put you in a cage
and just feed you half of what you want to eat you’re not going to be able to
keep it up because hunger doesn’t feel good the vast majority of people are not
going to be able to keep it up so we know that calorie restriction improves
insulin and ketosis reduces insulin increases ketones but you get hungry so
wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way that you could reduce insulin and
increase ketones without going hungry and I know I’ve heard about something I
think there’s there’s something I’ve I heard that could do that but no wait
wait here it’s coming to me oh yeah the ketogenic diet that’s what it is
because when people do that they reduce insulin they increase ketones
but they don’t go hungry and this is not so easy to understand for people who
haven’t tried it but once you try then you notice that your body wants fewer
meals because fat is very satisfying then you can go longer between meals so
in the end you end up eating a little bit less maybe not less calories
probably a little bit but maybe not but the main thing you get is reduced
insulin and increased ketones so you get these anti-aging benefits you get all
these health benefits because it is primarily about the insulin and possibly
some about the key but it’s certainly not about the
calories the reducing of the calories only results in changed insulin and
ketones it’s not the calories per se so please share this video with anyone that
you care about because we want to get as many people as possible healthy we want
to help people understand the true principles the true mechanisms around
health not just memorize a laundry list of things to do because that’s
short-lived but once we understand the mechanisms the big picture then we can
start creating a long term healthy lifestyle so leave your comments and
questions below and thanks for watching


  1. Learn more about Keto and Intermittent Fasting:

  2. Congratulations to 10K! Your channel is really exploading!
    Keep up the good work, love your videos and explanations!

  3. 2:10 Perhaps the increased room for circulation of bodily fluids? Hence less stand still.

  4. Very good information thanks

  5. Feeling really, really good about my decision to skip going to get a snack and sit down and watch this video instead.

  6. Question we have is how is the Keto Diet different than the Atkins diet??

  7. What about collagen to improve skin wrinkles?

  8. The thing I find hard is that sugar is bad for skin aging so we should be low carb and sugar free BUT some of the anti inflammatory and anti aging vegetables /fruit are higher in sugar so I am always torn. E.g. berries, beetroot, tomatoes, red cabbage, kidney beans etc etc

  9. I have an expensive scale and have had it for the last 15 years. It tells me my “operating health” and does some calculation by putting some type of electrical pulse though my feet as I stand on the scale. It always maxed out at 50 years old. Even when I was 30, it always read 50. I’m now 45 and I started Keto 8 months ago. I’ll never forget last year when my scale said 49 then went back to 50, then 49, 49 then 48 and forward 6 months, this morning it reads 29. Time will tell but I feel like I will live to 110 whereas before I didn’t think I’d see past 50 or 60.

    I feel amazing and I need to trade my clothes that are all too big. 42 inch waist to a 36 in 8 months! BP is now 117/78.

    Thank you Dr. Ekberg. Keep up the great videos!

  10. Hi Dr Ekberg thank you for another follow up and doing this research for us … look forward to more till than..

  11. That was very informative, I will share with my family, thank you Dr Ekberg

  12. Thanks for you videos! Can you make a video on legumes intake on keto?

  13. Thank you Doctor! Your videos are so useful! Best greetings from Greece!

  14. Another excellent video. Thank you.

  15. Calorie restriction always reminds me on
    Minnesota Starvation Experiment
    That didn't go well for human "lab rats"

  16. Thank you Doctor for reassuring that keto diet doesn’t kill you . Whenever I respond to ppl the reason I lost 50lbs is because I am following ketogenic diet , they are quick to point their finger saying “hey you will die fast “ How disheartening but now I am more than confident to keep following this diet and thanks to doctors like you 💖.

  17. Insulin is linked to insulin

  18. How many calories per day for a 6ft male

  19. Just found your chanel. It's one of the best health advice chanels I've found. You ahve a great way of describing all these things. Thanks. Sub'd

  20. Thanks for the very well explained VDO. Just a question: What if you want to build up some muscle (with resistance training), should you then not be in a calorie surplus? And will the Ketogenic diet not be counterproductive in this case?

  21. Is getting headaches in the beginning normal?

  22. Hangry on the S.A.D (standard American diet)
    Satiated on Keto
    If you told me a year ago I’d have a 6 hour eating window … I’d call you crazy
    After loosing 40 lbs , making gains in the gym …. I just don’t get hangry on Keto
    I eat when my body tells me to , it’s just that simple …..

  23. Hello doctor. Is beetroot as a whole unit with the fiber allowed on a ketogenic diet?

  24. Hi Dr Ekberg .. i just came across your channel and im loving it .. love the way you simplify the facts and break it down to layman's language.. great work by you and all the others that are guiding humanity.. i look forward to your next video .. lotsa love from Johannesburg South Africa xxx

  25. Simple,concise and beautifully put. Thanks

  26. Another great video. Can anybody point out to me why this "has to be wrong"? I guess nobody can.

    Trying it out on yourself is the best way to find out if it works. And it does.

  27. Never take food advice from someone who is less than 110 years old.

  28. THANK YOU!

  29. Interesting video,myself I'm 70 years old and I have been on a low carb diet for a few years now. My health has inproved a whole lot from thinking I only had a few years to live to having many many more years to live. I'm healthier now than when I was in my 40's

  30. My ketones got to 6.8 on the 7th day of a prolonged fast….glucose 62 is that too high

  31. Just to let you know Doc, I am type 1 diabetic of over 20yrs – i have been on keto for over 2yrs and i have had no problems at all with ketones!

  32. very well explained, thank you very much Dr Ekberg

  33. Feeling hungry is a good thing. It means you're getting healthier.

  34. The ketogenic diet its onli for blod type O. Not for oll type of blod.

  35. Thankyou for the informative video! I have a question Id like to hear your opinion on. I am nursing my nine month old and I have seen recommendations to not go below 50g net carbs, or it could affect supply. What do you think about this? If it's true should I up my fat intake to maintain the proper macro ratio? Thanks in Advance

  36. Humans have been around for what, 3 million years? I think we can safely say that Doritos should not be a good group.

  37. I had given up even trying to lose weight because I had failed so many times. I did lose 100 lbs once but immediately started gaining it back and ended up weighing more than I originally had. Finally, after years of just surviving, not really living, I tried the ketogenic diet. I didn't have much hope as I was 56 and a female, so I already had two strikes against me as fair as the slowing of my metabolism. I decided to give it a try regardless, and I've lost 160 pounds! I still have another 30 pounds to get to where I want to be, but it'll happen in it's own good time. Please, those of you who think it's impossible, give this a try. It is never too late. I feel better than I have in at least 30 years. A big plus is my arthritis pain is almost completely gone and it was so bad I was fearing I'd have to have knee replacement surgery. Anyway, enough of the long rant, but I beg those of you who feel hopeless, give it a try. If I can do it, you certainly can.

  38. I love to increase my knowledge about health so eaisly and free by great people like you Dr. Ekberg. <3

  39. my question is that do keton bodies restore liver and muscle glycogen that needed for workouts?

  40. The real question I’d like to see answered is ….. is eating meat harmful to health?

  41. If keto is done right. If done wrong you will die of a heart attack at age 40 :).. so its very risky for allot of people.

  42. Does starving kill ppl?

  43. Thank you Dr Ekberg, for a very informative video, as usual. I have been following IF for 7 months and a ketogenic regime for 4 months in that time I have lost 24 kgs and have felt better than I have in years! But as you said in another of your videos I am not expecting fast results as I am reversing 30 years of poor diet and for me this is a permanent lifestyle change whatever the naysayers say. One of the aspects of calorie restriction is I believe that it slows down your metabolism. Can you say whether the same happens when fasting? From my own experience I would think not but it would be really helpful to understand why this is? Thanks again for your excellent videos.

  44. I dont need studies because my body tells me if its good for me or not and i feel great on a ketogenic diet

  45. Does this diet improve bad breath?

  46. Has anyone ever on a cetogenic diet for more than 50 years?

  47. I agree to say insulin is linked to insulin

  48. Eat like the Japanese (a lot of rice)

  49. I've been studying and on keto for years now. I must say your information is admirable and spot on. Great delivery and you explain everything so well. I'm going to promote your site for my newbies on keto.
    Thank you for all your great work!!👍👍😁

  50. I'm 76 years old and was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue stage 2 last August. I had started doing keto in March very successfully and lost the excess weight right down to my goal weight and have stayed there ever since. I am under a lot of pressure to stop doing keto and increase my carbs and cut back on protein. Also to cut out dairy completely even though I have no problem with dairy and it helps me maintain my weight. Without dairy I lose weight. I'm 5' 2" and weigh 110 lb. Perfect. My question is: is there a problem eating Keto with adrenal fatigue? My blood sugars never go over 100 and my ketones stay around 2.0.

  51. I'm just at the very beginning of the diet. I'm not overweight; it's for physical and emotional health. Your explanations are very good and easy to understand. Thanks very much.

  52. What is your opinion on a diabetic having a few glasses of wine in the afternoon or before bed

  53. Hi Dr. Ekberg, I love your channel. I am wondering if the Keto lifestyle will help with bipolar disorder with depression. I've also had migraines for 34 years. I currently take six prescriptions. I'm 54 and am looking to get healthy and lose about 50 pounds. Any information would help.

  54. DOC, love your videos. Can you make a video with breakfast and lunch choices for keto? I am type II diabetes, but my blood sugar can go down to 89 if I work out. I do take medicine for it. Unfortunately, growing up in a french and italian household, pasta and bread were staples. So please do a video with veg and fruit and other foods for lunch and breakfast. Thank u

  55. Another lunatic chiropractor with no real medical qualification. Charlatan.

  56. Thank you

  57. 👍👍👍👍👍👍Thank you

  58. Or just take resveratrol and nmn

  59. I’ve been on Keto for ibd and done way better than any other diet I’ve tried . I’ve tried them all but lowering my carbs to 30g or less a day high fat and protein is great it seems . It really does lower inflammation in the body

  60. Doc, what about leptin & mTOR? My understanding is leptin/insulin/mTOR are vital for health. Ketosis is vital for autophagy & mitophagy aka longevity minus the drugs and or surgeries. My 2¢.

  61. I just found you yesterday, April 5,2019. Love , love , love your videos! Thank you beyond all measure!

  62. Sten, you give the absolute best explanations to health & diet. I have watched all the highest viewed YouTube presenters on health & diet and your depth of detail and way of simplifying is by far the best.
    I thank you for helping me understand sufficiently enough to make the changes. Because without understanding ‘why’, I would have struggled to make the long term commitment that I have been able to maintain.
    I wish you well and hope your channel grows to level of millions of subscribers so that you can help as many people as possible and receive the rewards & recognition you deserve.
    Again, thank you.

  63. tq Doc. Had been following your videos and advise for the last 2 months. Weight lost up to 10KGs, which is hitting my ideal weight right now. The lightest and ideal weight in 25 years ! Feel awesome, body is also quick to recover from intense exercise (which i tried (exercise a lot ) for the last 5 years to improve my health but no help till i followthis diet regime).
    From the body composition scale , the body score went from the score of 49 to 89 !! Also, Body fat down from 25% to 19%, V fat Down from 15 to 11. six packs soon ! Lipid Profile ( Triglycerides and HDL specifically) also improved tremendously. Will continue to follow the videos, keep up the good job Doc. !

  64. So, is it ok. For me to consume cheese everyday?

  65. Thanks a lot..ciuld you please tell me if kefir keto or not? 200ml a day 😚

  66. Thanks for great explanation, Dr.!

  67. I'd like to echo Garry Rowland below. Thank you Sten.

  68. Great video! It was long known that the only diet that measurably extends life is the one with restricted calories intake. Dr. Ekberg shows that it is result of ketosis and keto diet is the way to achieve similar result without calories restriction suffering! Thank you, Dr. Ekberg! Your videos are very scientifically bases, very interesting, and very convincing!

  69. Thank you Dr. Ekberg for explaining this so well and digging deeper…I enjoy all your videos! I’ve been watching for several months now and really have been getting great information and education on many different levels. Please keep it up educating us more! And btw, that was also very cute trying to be funny 😛 wish I didn’t live so far, otherwise I’d come in person to your clinic.

  70. I'm always craving vegies. Virtually grain-free. 16/8 IF window.

  71. Thanks to keto diet I am dropping many pounds, have tons of energy, plantar fasciitis is gone, bursites gone, wake up brand new every morning, no more sugar cravings, less hungry….wow!!!

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