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Is there a link between diabetes and the keto diet?

Is Keto diet: Scientists find link to diabetes risk It you have your child on, or you are doing, the Ketogenic Diet and not being monitored by a medical professional beware. “By finding a link to a condition that raises the risk of type 2 diabetes, new research questions the health benefits of ketogenic diets. Is there a link between diabetes and the keto diet?

A dietitian on what you need to know about the keto diet – Another Fad?

A diet developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy is suddenly all the rage. The ketogenic diet, or “keto diet”, has reportedly been endorsed by celebrities and even athletes are giving it a go. The keto diet is one of a series of fashionable low carb diets that include the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet and the Zone diet. There are hundreds of people selling ketogenic diet plans online and on social media, with big promises of the results to be expected.

Mediterranean diet may help provide long-term protection to the brain

A new study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. The study is published in the January 4, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. But contrary to earlier studies, eating more fish and less meat was not related to changes in the brain.

Diabetic Diet for Autism?

Autism symptoms can be reduced in an animal model with low glycemic index diets, similar to those diabetics follow to control blood sugar levels, according to a new study. The study by Salk Institute scientists found that the brains of mice fed diets with a high glycemic index accumulated more activated immune cells called microglia, along with signs of inflammation. The mice also exhibited more autistic type behaviors, such as impaired social interactions, and apparently purposeless activities. Mice fed low glycemic index diets showed improved behavior.

Ketogenic Diet and Enzyme Inhibitors Treat Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

SOURCE – One percent of the world’s population suffer from epilepsy, and a third of sufferers cannot be treated with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Diet control has been used to treat patients suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy since the 1920s, but how metabolic processes affect epilepsy has not been fully understood. Now researchers at Okayama University and Kawasaki Medical School have identified the metabolic pathways altered by diet treatments, the enzymes that can control them and potential metabolic drugs that may be effective for treating types of epilepsy that are resistant to other drugs.

Ketogenic Diet? There’s a Pill for That!

‘Ketogenic’ pill to treat drug-resistant epilepsy EpilepsyAction: New studies in Japan have identified a drug that may help people with epilepsy whose seizures don’t respond to medication. The drug changes the energy supply to the brain – effectively mimicking the ketogenic diet Most anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) are believed to suppress seizures by affecting neuron activity in the brain. This new study – conducted by Tsuyoshi Inoue at Okayama University, Japan – takes a new approach. Instead of targeting the neurons directly, this new approach affects astrocytes – the cells that support neurons and provide them with energy when they need it. Recent studies suggest that metabolism may be important in some cases of epilepsy. By metabolism, we mean the chemical reactions that take place ...

Drinking coffee may lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis

Drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015. “Caffeine intake has been associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and our study shows that coffee intake may also protect against MS, supporting the idea that the drug may have protective effects for the brain,” said study author Ellen Mowry, MD, MCR, with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Benefits and Complications of the Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy

The ketogenic diet, also known as the traditional ketogenic diet and modified Atkin’s diet, is an important and validated dietary approach to controlling intractable epilepsy that focuses on a high-fat, protein, and low-carb diet. Yet despite its success in cases of drug-resistant epilepsy, the mechanism behind its effectiveness is still not well understood. Several hypotheses are based on the difference in cell metabolism between standard and fat-based KD, while other hypotheses focus on increased production of adenosine triphosphate. “There is an ion channel in the membrane of neurons which makes membrane less excitable; a potassium channel which is activated specifically by adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The more ATP is generated, the more this channel is active and the less excita...

Food Myths Busted – Eat More Curry For Healthy Neurological Aging?

The Ketogenic Diet has been proven to help reduce seizure frequency, by resetting the brain. What other super-foods can aid in Neurological Health, and overall health? There are myths about many types of foods, like Alzheimer’s can be prevented by eating Curry – is this true? The Guardian breaks down 4 diet myths related to aging. Via – The Guardian Can curry cure Alzheimer’s? Four healthy aging diet myths busted With so many  “super-foods” jostling for attention in the media and on supermarket shelves, it’s not always easy to separate the fad from the genuinely healthy. We spoke to nutritionists and doctors to discover which foods really benefit us as we grow older and to bust some of the most popular myths about diets for healthy ageing. Can curry cure Alzhe...

STROKE PREVENTION: Women with healthy diet and lifestyle less likely to have stroke

Women with a healthy diet and lifestyle may be less likely to have a stroke by more than half, according to a study published in the October 8, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study looked at five factors that make up a healthy lifestyle: healthy diet; moderate alcohol consumption; never smoking; physically active; and healthy body mass index (BMI). Compared with women with none of the five healthy factors, women with all five factors had a 54-percent lower risk of stroke. “Because the consequences of stroke are usually devastating and irreversible, prevention is of great importance,” said study author Susanna C. Larsson, PhD, of the Karolinska Instituet in Stockholm, Sweden. “These results are exciting becau...

THE KETOGENIC DIET FOR ADULTS

Previously, the Ketogenic Diet has been primarily administered to children with epilepsy. Some of the reasons it has not been a staple for adult treatment is that there are some cardiovascular risks and children are able to recover from the treatment at a faster rate. Adults also have longer-term eating habits in place, which can be hard habits to change. An adult caretaker usually makes sure a child is adhering to the diet, doing all of the planning, purchasing, preparing and serving for the child.  An adult will have to take this diet seriously on their own and use their own self-control to adhere to the diet strictly. Furthermore, since several forms of pediatric epilepsy can be so severe and so drug-resistant, previous research has focused on pediatric treatment. There has not been muc...

Treating Epilepsy With a Diabetes Drug: Does metabolism play a role in epilepsy?

Researchers from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio are exploring a possible link between metabolic defects and seizures. They determined that diet could influence susceptibility to seizures, and they have identified a common diabetes drug that could be useful in treating disorders such as epilepsy. Dr. Daniel Kuebler, the principal investigator behind the experiment, and his lab made the connection by measuring fruit fly movement with inexpensive web-cams. They have published a peer-reviewed, video demonstration of their method in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, to assist others in reproducing and further applying the method.

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