Diet & Alzheimer’s: Ketones Over Carbs or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Ketogenic Diet*

Grade: Excellent

The ketogenic diet induces ketosis and that’s a good thing because ketosis brings with it a raft of health benefits.  It’s a diet in the sense that what you eat is important, but how much you eat isn’t that important.  Also there’s the whole weight loss thing, but that’s more of a side note.  The importance of this diet lies in its mechanisms to prevent and possibly even treat Alzheimer’s.

Moving from Glycolysis to Ketosis

Most diets include a high percentage of simple carbs (bread, rice, pasta, etc.).  Those carbs along with sugar (in all its forms) are quickly converted to glucose.  This glucose is stored in the liver as glycogen and the rest used by mitochondria as the substrate for making energy.  This assumes that one is not eating excessive amounts of carbs and sugar as that would produce chronic stress on the system and lead to weight gain on the way to full blown diabetes.

The ketogenic diet is high in fat and has few or even zero carbs.  In response to the lack of dietary glucose, the body taps the glycogen stored in the […]

By |2018-09-21T09:50:45+00:00September 21st, 2018|Prevention and Treatment|5 Comments

Diet and Alzheimer’s: Diet Soda

Grade: Bad

Sugar is bad so how about artificial sweeteners?  When it comes to dementia you should dump that diet soda down the drain.

April 2017 – Stroke (a journal published by the American Heart Association) ran a prospective cohort study using data from the Framingham Heart Study.  The researchers studied nearly 3,000 participants over the age of 45 and found that those who consumed artificially sweetened beverages were at significantly increased risk of both stroke and dementia.

The two graphs below show A. Risk of all stroke types and B. Risk of all-cause dementia.  Green = zero diet sodas  /  Red = 1 to 6 per week  /  Blue = 1 or more per day

The study concludes that the risk of stroke and dementia increases in each of the 10 years (left to right in the graph) for each group (Green, Red, and Blue).

The graph clearly shows that the more diet sodas you consume and the longer you continue to drink them, the greater your risk of stroke and/or dementia.

Diet soda graph

image source Stroke a journal of the […]

Diet and Alzheimer’s: Sugar

Grade: F

Sugar should be avoided in the diet, especially added sugar.  Sugar has 61 different names when listed as a food ingredient.  For the complete list of names and a host of interesting facts about sugar visit Sugar Science: The Unsweetened Truth.

Alzheimer’s: Sugar increases insulin levels, which if chronically elevated leads to insulin resistance which is highly correlated with Alzheimer’s.

For a more in depth description of the effects on sugar on the brain see How Sugar and Insulin Damage the Brain.

By |2018-05-15T08:10:18+00:00May 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|3 Comments