Study of ketogenic diets and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s)

(Diane) #1

Saw this study:

(Old Baconian) #2

I love how the abstract states that keto is not a good idea, because the reduction in appetite will cause elderly patients to eat less and therefore be malnourished. They should only see how “emaciated” I am on keto!

(Susan) #3

My husband has two neurological diseases: Hydrocephalus and Parkinson’s and just turned 55, so not technically a senior yet. I have been trying to get him to do Keto, and I feel it would help his symptoms, so far not convincing him or the doctors… =(

(Diane) #4

This article indicates there is some promising research out there indicating that such a dietary change can be beneficial.

(Susan) #5

Yes, the problem is convincing him and his doctors…


There’s some misleading information in there too about alleged side effects of keto. I don’t know what they were feeding those subjects… maybe an old formula they used for epilepsy, full of PUFAs and lacking micronutrients? Anyway, that’s not the best article to convince a doctor.

The full version of the study is available with a pdf link here: There are plenty of references to the studies they cite if you wanted to sort through which ones might be the most convincing.

(Old Baconian) #7

I’d like to second Carol’s post: the epileptic diet is extremely high in fat and deficient in protein. It should be used with care.

(Bunny) #8

I would also add it’s just not ketones that can possibly reverse Alzheimer’s diseases, it is the ability of other natural chemicals within a exogenous medium chain triglyceride (type of fat) to kill bacteria or viral life forms within the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain with the thinning of the blood brain barrier in older folks and sometimes younger…