My mother always used to say, “If you live long enough, everything comes back into fashion.” And I dare say that adage applies just as much to health as it does to style. Today’s case in point: The recent onslaught of study after study supporting the role of a ketogenic diet against just about every health ailment imaginable.
As you may recall, I started my career with the illustrious Dr. Robert C. Atkins—yes, the very one who was villainized for awakening the world to the wonders of a ketogenic diet. And during my time working under him, I saw this type of diet work—not only for weight loss, but for pretty much every condition that patients came to the center for.
It may not have been a scientifically accepted approach at the time…but baby, we’ve come a long way. And now, new research shows that a ketogenic diet may even help reverse the early signs of dementia.
A team of Johns Hopkins researchers recently found that older adults with mild cognitive impairment enjoyed a modest but significant memory boost when they followed a low-carb, high-fat diet. In other words, a ketogenic diet.
Ironically enough, this experimental diet was called the “modified Atkins diet,” or MAD—though I’m not sure I care for that acronym. Another group followed a diet pushed by the folks over at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), which they claim is similar to the Mediterranean diet.
While this diet favored fruits, veggies, and lean protein, it also pushed low-fat dairy and whole grains—without restricting carbohydrates. Which does not hold true to a Mediterranean-style diet. In fact, the group following this diet ate well over 100 grams of carbs daily (a true death sentence, if I ever heard one).
But let’s skip to the good part: After six weeks, the researchers saw a significant memory improvement in the ketogenic MAD followers—a benefit that lined right up with the highest ketone levels and the lowest carb intakes.
More specifically, the keto dieters scored better on delayed recall tests, while delayed recall scores among the subjects following the NIA diet dropped by the same amount. And I must say, it’s exactly what I’d expect to happen.
Yet these researchers say they were “surprised” to find that such simple dietary changes could be this big of a game-changer in early-stage dementia. I guess that’s understandable, considering the fact that some 400-plus drugs haven’t even come close to delivering results like this.
Succeeding where drugs fail
Researchers conducted just over 400 clinical trials of new medications for Alzheimer’s disease between 2002 and 2012—and fewer than one percent yielded anything close to a significant benefit. The rest were total duds.
So when you think about it, I guess there should be some degree of awe upon discovering that diet can do what drugs can’t. But remember, dietary changes affect literally every aspect of your health.
This is precisely why my Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan proves to be so beneficial for many sufferers of this tragic disease… because dietary change is the cornerstone of that plan (just as it is with all of my protocols). After all, it’s something that’s been scientifically proven to improve cognitive function and slow the disease’s progression—something our current crop of drugs simply can’t do.
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As I explained yesterday, the brain relies on sugar as its primary fuel. But even in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s, the brain’s ability to metabolize sugar drops significantly—and it’s deprived of its main energy source as a result.
Switching to a ketogenic diet overrides this malfunction. Because both the brain and the body adopt ketones—which, once again, your body generates by metabolizing fat—as their primary source of fuel.
So for the millionth time… the next time some so-called health “expert” tells you not to eat fat, ask yourself how much sense that makes. Because the reality is this: you can cut carbs, or you can lose your mind—your call.
“Keto-Like Diet May Improve Cognition in MCI, Early Alzheimer’s.” Medscape Medical News, 07/03/2019. (medscape.com/viewarticle/915192)