I have been searching around the internet and I have found some interesting research done on the possible benefits of following a low carbohydrate diet, other than for weight loss.
Researchers from the British Colombia Cancer Research Centre have found that a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates may reduce your chances of getting cancer. Also, there is some evidence to suggest that following a low carbohydrate diet can reduce the growth of tumors already present. Although this work was done using mice it is thought the results may be valid in humans.
In a scientific paper recently published in Epilepsia (an online Journal) researchers conducted a retrospective review on the success of ketogenic diets to control epilepsy in adolescents and adults.
Fatty Liver Disease
Researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Centre have found that following a low carbohydrate diet may be more effective in controlling a fatty liver than just reducing calories.
At Duke University Medical Centre, during a diet study researchers were surprised to find that subjects asked to follow a low carbohydrate diet (less than 20g of carbohydrate per day), had significant reductions in their blood pressure. This was after 48 weeks on the low carbohydrate diet. The comparison group followed a low-calorie diet using the weight loss medication called Orlistat.
Spinal Cord Injury
It was discovered by researchers that rats with a spinal cord injury recovered faster on a ketogenic diet, compared to rats fed a normal diet. This could be good news for the thousands of people with spinal cord injuries.