Ketogenic diet: variations on a classic (including the Atkins diet)

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The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low-carbohydrate and adequate protein diet, which was originally developed to treat epileptic individuals (see my previous posts about the use of the diet for epilepsy and the mechanisms of action of the diet). The diet produces remarkable ¬†results on subjects suffering from intractable seizures but also revealed quite useful for a variety of other conditions, such as narcolepsy and autism and shows promises for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson,¬†Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, migraine headache, depression and type-2 diabetes (see my post on the use of ketogenic diet beyond epilepsy).

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How does the ketogenic diet work?

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The ketogenic diet is a high fat, adequate protein, low carbohydrate diet, which has been used for almost a century to treat cases of epilepsy resisting to anticonvulsant medications (see my previous post for more details). However, although its efficiency is now widely accepted, the exact mechanisms by which it operates are still not completely understood. Continue reading