#127. How long can you be on the ketogenic diet?

Full question: Our 12 year old has been on the ketogenic diet for 5 years and is doing great. How long can she remain on it?

Reply: Long term use of the diet can certainly be healthy as long as there is sufficient nutrition supplementation and medical monitoring. Bone health is one of the major concerns with long term use. Typically the diet is made more liberal with long term use (greater than 3 years) allowing more protein and carbohydrate, less fat and therefore lower ketosis.