I read an interesting book recently, “The Ketogenic Solution for Lymphatic Disorders.” Written by Leslyn Keith, who has a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy emphasizing lymphedema and obesity. She was certified as a Lymphedema Therapist in 2000 and became LANA-certified in 2001. In addition to treating lymphedema and other lymphatic disorders, she researches, consults, and lectures on lymphedema, lipedema, and obesity.


Leslyn wrote this book to help lymphedema therapists and doctors understand that lymphatic disorders cannot be treated effectively if underlying weight issues are not addressed. She also highlights how a ketogenic diet can help with lymphatic disorders. Leslyn shares, “Presently, it is more likely than not for a client with lymphedema also to have a severe weight problem. Many therapists have reported a trend towards obesity among their clientele. A large portion of these patients are obese.”

However, Leslyn discovered that many of her patients were trying to follow their doctors’ recommendations of dieting, but with little success. Following the USDA’s food pyramid was not working for them.


Leslyn concluded that her strategy had to be different. Coming across the book “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It”‘ by Gary Taubes gave her a new way of looking at nutrition relating to weight loss. After coming across this book, she increased her research, reading extensively on food and a ketogenic diet. Leslyn discovered this way of eating was a powerfully effective means of improving health and enhancing lymphedema management. As a result, she began including a well-formulated ketogenic diet in her treatment protocol. As a result, patients who suffered weight management issues benefited remarkably.


Through her extensive research and work with patients, Leslyn found that ketogenic nutrition for weight loss was her patients’ most effective and healthiest approach to nutrition. Therefore, Leslyn expanded her lymphedema therapy to include weight management techniques, resulting in many successful outcomes among her obese clients. Some patients have had such great success with the ketogenic diet that they have never had to return for further treatment. However, there is a lot of bias towards this way of eating due to the high-fat consumption. In her book, Leslyn helps to dismantle these assumptions and increase the understanding of the relationship between lymphatic disorders and obesity.


Leslyn believes that medical personnel dealing with clients with lymphedema should pay as much attention to their clients’ obesity as their lymphedema. Her book is an excellent place to learn more about understanding and introducing a ketogenic diet. Furthermore, she explains how a ketogenic diet can benefit those with lymphatic disorders. Through her many years of practice and her work with both obesity and lymphedema, she has a vast amount of knowledge of the subject – beginning with how the ketogenic diet works and how to incorporate it into your practice.

The Ketogenic Solution for Lymphatic Disorders, Leslyn Keith OTD, CLY-LANAIN CONCLUSION

Leslyn believes that being armed with the knowledge of a ketogenic diet allows therapists to be better able to assist in lessening their clients’ suffering. In conclusion, Leslyn says that her wish is for more therapists to experience clients returning to their lymphedema clinics, not for more treatment, but to give thanks for introducing them to this healthy lifestyle and better managing their lymphedema.

Visit her website to learn more about the ketogenic diet, Leslyn Keith, and her books.

Disclaimer – This blog is for general information purposes only. Furthermore, the information contained in this blog is not intended as a substitute for medical advice – always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition. Any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.


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