Ketogenic diet in cancer management : Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care

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Ketogenic diet in cancer management

Talib, Wamidh H.a; Al-Dalaeen, Anfalb; Mahmod, Asma Ismailc

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Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care 26(4):p 369-376, July 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/MCO.0000000000000944


Purpose of review 

This review presents details about types of ketogenic diet (KD), anticancer mechanisms, and the use of KD in experimental and clinical studies. Studies summarized in this review provide a solid ground for researchers to consider the use of KD to augment conventional treatments.

Recent findings 

KD is a dietary pattern composed of high fat, moderate proteins, and very-low-carbohydrate. This diet was suggested to have an anticancer effect and to augment conventional anticancer therapies. KD can target cancer cell by interfering with its metabolism without harming normal cells.


Several experimental and clinical studies support the use of KD as adjuvant therapy to treat different cancers.

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