October 2, 2016

Health Conditions Treatable by a Ketogenic Diet – Part 2

#6. Some Cancers. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In recent years, scientific research has suggested that a ketogenic diet may help some types of cancer when used along with traditional treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Many researchers note that elevated blood glucose, obesity and type 2 diabetes are linked to breast and other cancers. They suggest that restricting carbs in order to lower blood glucose and insulin levels may help prevent tumor growth.

#7. Autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a condition characterized by problems with communication, social interaction, and in some cases, repetitive behaviors. Usually diagnosed in childhood, it is treated with speech therapy and other therapies.

Bottom Line: Early research suggests some people with autism spectrum disorders may experience improvements in behavior when ketogenic diets are used in combination with other therapies.

#8. Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a nervous system disorder characterized by low levels of the signaling molecule dopamine. The lack of dopamine causes several symptoms, including tremor, impaired posture, stiffness and difficulty walking and writing.

Because of the ketogenic diet’s protective effects on the brain and nervous system, it’s being explored as a potential complementary therapy for PD.

#9. Obesity. Many studies show that very low-carb, ketogenic diets are often more effective for weight loss than calorie-restricted or low-fat diets. What’s more, they typically provide other health improvements as well.

#10. GLUT1 Deficiency Syndrome. Glucose transporter 1 (GLUT1) deficiency syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, involves deficiency of a special protein that helps move blood sugar into the brain. Symptoms usually begin shortly after birth and include developmental delay, difficulty with movement and sometimes seizures.

Read this which is a full discussion of the points I only skimmed.

Part 2 of 3 parts.

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