Alzheimer's and Keto Diet
Welcome to 2018! Since this time of year everyone starts to set their health goals and everyone is talking about topics related to wellness, we are starting our first episode talking about 2 different health-related topics: Alzheimer's and the Keto diet.
Alzheimer's is one of those interesting diseases that scientists have worked hard to study, but have made very little progress with finding treatment options. Most of the time when the diagnosis is made, the family is told that there isn't much hope, and eventually the disease will fully take over their mind.
How the Keto Diet can Improve Alzheimer's Disease
Science has agreed on 1 piece of Alzheimer's, which is that glucose at some point can't get into the brain cells to provide the energy the brain needs to function. This is where the keto diet can come in. Ketones are another fuel source that can get through the blood-brain barrier and supply energy to the cells. In the case of Alzheimer's, this can be the fuel source necessary for improving cognitive function.
Amy Berger has been working with the Keto diet with Alzheimer's patients for quite some time, and has been able to make significant changes in cognitive function. Listen is as we discuss how this approach can be very beneficial.
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[5:05] What made you want to study Alzheimer's Disease
[8:00] Research has known about a glucose and insulin issue with Alzheimer's for decades
[8:55] Traditional approach to Alzheimer's is that there is no approach
[10:20] How does glucose and insulin impact the development of Alzheimer's disease
[13:38] If it is an issue with getting glucose into the brain cells, why is this not happening with the Standard American Diet is full of sugar and carbs
[17:30] How does the body break down fats into ketones, and how is that used in the body
[20:50] At what point do you want to start switching someone from high carbohydrates to low carb to better utilize the ketones
[23:50] Would it be more beneficial to people following a SAD diet to switch to a ketogenic diet to break down fats
[27:20] Do you cycle people on and off the keto diet
[30:00] Doesn't fat make you fat, and isn't cholesterol bad for you
[35:50] Is protein a factor with keto diets and Alzheimer's
[37:45] Are certain fats better than others, and do some fats break down into ketones easier
[41:15] What are good sources of MCT fats
[42:10] Would stress change how your body utilizes any type of diet you are on
[44:20] Are there specific tests for glucose and insulin that you would recommend
Learn More About Amy Berger
Book: The Alzheimer's Antidote