I know we’ve been all doom and gloom about the Keto Diet in the past but we do acknowledge that the diet does deliver some benefits…
Of course the most obvious benefit is, the reason people go on the diet in the first place, weight loss, but there are some surprising additional benefits.
For instance, the Keto diet has shown potential to improve glucose levels in people with diabetes, due to low carb intake. Another addition to the benefits of the Keto Diet, is its possibility to treat neurological conditions.
While this may seem surprising, one must remember that the Keto Diet was originally used back in the 1920s to treat childhood epilepsy, and is still being used today. Research has suggested that the presence of ketones can influence neurotransmitter activity in the brain, leading to reduced seizures. In fact, a recent study found showed a 30-40% reduction in seizures for those following a Keto diet.
With the Keto Diet’s effectiveness in treating epilepsy as a reference, medical professionals have since been exploring the diet’s potential in treating other neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
The study found that, out of the participants that finished the trial, the Ketogenic diet improved their cognitive function for a short time – but was only deemed to be effective for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia.
While the findings are interesting, the sample size is regarded as being to small to be conclusive. Additionally, many participants dropped out of the trial citing patient/carer burden so more care needs to applied for future studies.
If the Keto diet is something you’re interested in, feel free to come and talk to us and we can discuss your options.