In our discussions in recent years about Alzheimer’s disease, certainly one dietary recommendation seems to gain the spotlight and that is a diet that helps produce ketones. To be fair, most of the support for a ketogenic diet thus far has been theoretical although early animal research has been supportive.
Now, I’m excited to report that an actual interventional trial using the ketogenic diet in Alzheimer’s patients has been completed and has demonstrated quite remarkable results. The study, performed by my friend Dr. Matthew Phillips in New Zealand, demonstrated significant improvement in a variety of parameters in Alzheimer’s patients who were placed on a ketogenic diet in comparison to their standard diet. Here is the actual study:
Many of you may remember Dr. Phillips as he appeared on the podcast in the past describing his results of using a ketogenic diet, successfully, in Parkinson’s disease:
Here’s more information about him.
Matt is a full-time clinical and research neurologist at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand. His foremost passion is to explore the potential feasibility, safety, and efficacy of metabolic therapies, particularly fasting and ketogenic diets, in creating alternate metabolic states that may improve not only the symptoms, but also function and quality of life, for people with a variety of difficult disorders.
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