We know ketogenic diets aid in weight loss but as we've seen with paleo that's never the end of it, right? This week has seen some excitement around the ketogenic diet's effect of epilepsy. Using ketones over glucose in the brain seems to help cut down on seizures.
I am interested in other things that its been implicated in helping/curing. I know Paleo isn't always ketogenic but it can be. Seems like there is potential that using ketones for fuel could do a lot of interesting things in the brain... anyone seen any other studies or articles on it?
I like to see more ways eating bacon can make the world a better place...
Here is the New York Times article... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/magazine/21Epilepsy-t.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&ref=health
The epilepsy fix is not news, it's been known for nearly a century, and has been in clinical use for decades.
Ketogenic diets help or cure many brain problems: Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression, Bipolar disorder, brain trauma, as well as heart disease and diabetes. There are also numerous studies showing they will reduce or eliminate brain tumours.
Robb Wolf has spoken about essentially curing migraines with keto/Paleo diets. I don't know any of the literature, but a Google search for "ketogenic diet migraines" might turn up some interesting things, if you are a migraine sufferer.
I do know that epilepsy meds are sometimes used to treat migraines, which is suggestive.