Could A Keto Diet Reduce Dementia?

June 3, 2019 8:00 am Published by

A Keto diet, also known as a ketogenic diet is one that is high in fats and low in carbohydrates. Whilst research has shown that this type of diet is great at keeping you mentally sharp in old age, could it also be the answer to reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic published research which indicated that people whose diet is high in carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, potatoes, and rice have an 89% increased risk for dementia. However, those who consumed high levels of fat had only a 44% reduced risk.

Ketones are compounds the body uses to produce energy, but the latest research has shown that they are neuroprotective – meaning they can help to defend the brain from degeneration.

How can you start to adopt a ketogenic diet?

Here are some easy steps to start using right now:

– Eat low carbohydrate foods like meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables

– Eliminate carbohydrates and grains, including sweeteners

– Stick to low sugar fruits such as berries

– Eat more animal fats such as those found in meat, fish, and eggs

– Swap hydrogenated fats and vegetable oils such as sunflower oil with olive oil

Not sure if the Keto diet is right for you?

Before embarking on any new diet, we recommend you seek advice from your doctor or nutritionist as this diet will NOT be suitable for everyone. A doctor will be able to advise you on what’s right for you, depending on your lifestyle and other medical conditions. It’s definitely NOT a good idea to consider the keto diet if you are already taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure and/or are breastfeeding. If you’re not sure, get some advice from a medical professional.

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