Jeff Volek, PhD


Department of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University

Jeff Volek, Ph.D. Dr. Jeff Volek is a registered dietitian and professor in the Department of Human Sciences at the Ohio State University. For the last two decades he has been performing cutting edge research elucidating how humans adapt to diets restricted in carbohydrate with a dual focus on clinical and performance applications. His work has contributed to the existing robust science of ketones and ketogenic diets, their use as a therapeutic tool to manage insulin resistance, plus their emerging potential to augment human performance and resiliency. This research indicates that that well formulated ketogenic diets result in substantial improvements in insulin resistance and the myriad of cardio-metabolic biomarkers associated with metabolic syndrome, including favorable changes in fatty acid composition and saturated fat metabolism, cholesterol and lipoprotein profiles. He has also performed seminal research on a wide range of dietary supplements (e.g., creatine, chromium, whey protein, caffeine, carnitine, HMB, etc.) that can augment performance and recovery. He has accumulated an enormous amount of laboratory and clinical data as it pertains to biomarker discovery and formulation of personalized, effective and sustainable low-carbohydrate diets. His team is currently exploring the role of nutritional ketosis induced by diet and/or supplements to: 1) reverse type-2 diabetes, 2) alter gut microbiota, 3) favorable impact tumor metabolism and health outcomes in women with advanced breast cancer, and 4) extend human physical and cognitive capabilities in elite athletes and military personnel. Dr. Volek has secured several million dollars in research funds from federal sources, industry, and foundations. He has been invited to lecture on his research nearly 200 times at scientific and industry conferences in a dozen countries. His scholarly work includes 300+ peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and five books, including a New York Times Best Seller.


15 Replies to “Jeff Volek, PhD — Discussion on Ketogenic Diet for Dyslipidemia & Metabolic Syndrome”

  1. as far as uric acid it went from high to normal once i started fasting then keto diet ..cause I cut carbs/sugars?! I will update if it goes high again..I do NOT take any medicines just many good supplements.

  2. You die without cholesterol … Simple … The AMA (the most powerful lobby in Washington) and NIH have failed the patient … Physicians have abandoned the nutritional approach to patient diagnostics and medicine, simply because they are not trained in nutrition. A key part of the Hippocratic Oath … “I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure… “, has been forgotten … Doctors have allowed themselves to be "Trained" by Big Pharma and the Chemical Industry, and this is under the purview of the AMA and NIH. Doctors cannot answer simple nutritional questions … irony. 70 Going On 100.

  3. Yes, sat fat – cholesterol theory is dead … Keys invented the K-Ration … what did he know about nutrition … Nothing … and he falsified his data …Just after WWII, the first warning were being reported in the news about the Refined-Carbohydrate Disease. References to “The Saccharine Disease” started in 1956. Simple the FDA, AMA, NIH have failed the patient … 70 Going On 100

  4. I follow everything that Volek presents on. I've been on a ketogenic diet for about 9 months and it has had better results in all areas than I could have ever believed. I expect that I will be on a ketogenic diet for life, but there is so much variation in what is promoted for ketogenic diets. The basis of my is whole foods (largely all non-processed). Thanks so much Jeff….

  5. Wonder what sugar companies will try next , because of people catching on about Toxic sugar. Maybe put fat back in . But if they do it surely won't  be the healthy  kind !  More veg. oil & corn junk ..

  6. Volek seemed not to understand the first question, about limiting food intake to a certain window of time per day.  This is often called 'intermittent fasting', but the word intermittent does not indicate that this fasting happens within a 24 hour daily cycle.  Dr. Mercola calls this 'peak fasting', and recommends that people eat within a 6 to 8 hour time period each day, which results in a 16 to 18 hour daily fast.On a very low carb high fat diet, this becomes pretty easy to do, a 'painless' way to help our bodies to burn fat.

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