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Ketogenic Diet is Helpful to Lower the Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a condition associated with a decline in cognitive ability. Several factors lead to the onset of the disease. Even though there is no definite treatment for the disease, it can be prevented by a certain lifestyle.

According to a report by the Alzheimer’s Association, nearly 15-20 percent of individuals aged above 65 years suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This condition involves a lack of ability to think properly and memory decline as well.

People with MCI do not necessarily suffer from dementia. They live an independent life and do not experience any major problems. However, this condition can lead to dementia later in life. It also increases Alzheimer’s disease risk.

Various strategies can help prevent this disease later in life. However, there is no treatment available for this condition despite extensive research.

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The latest strategy is the intake of such food that affects the gut microorganisms. The gut microorganisms are closely linked to brain function. The imbalance of this microflora can influence several central nervous system disorders.

Research shows that some microorganisms in the gut influence the onset of Alzheimer’s, MCI, and Dementia. Scientists from Wake Forest School of Medicine found that all the individuals with CI have a particular type of bacterial community in the gut.

The study was published recently in the journal EBiomMedicine.

The study also showed that the ketogenic diet helped reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s disease in people with MCI. This diet changed the gut microflora in those individuals which later reduced the risk of disease.

This Mediterranean keto diet consists of a higher percentage of fats. However, the carbohydrates are present in less amount. Most of these fats are obtained from fish and olive oil.

A keto diet consists of a lower percentage of carbohydrates. In this way, the body starts utilizing fats as a source of energy. This leads to the burning of fats in the body. The researchers also found that this keto diet also influences gut fungi.

Hariom Yadav, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Wake Forest. He said that the researchers do not completely know the relationship between gut fungi and brain disorders. However, this study shows that fungi and Alzheimer’s disease are somehow related.

He also said that the ketogenic diet is beneficial for the body. It reduces the gut fungi harmful for health. This in turn reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The latest study also has some limitations. The scientists guided the participants about the particular diet. However, they did not monitor all the participants during that period. Also, this study involved a limited number of individuals. Several other factors play a key role in the onset of this disease.

Further research will show the link between the gut fungi and the cognitive ability of an individual. The researchers will also consider the gender and ethnicity of the participants. These factors also play a major role in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Also, the lifestyle of an individual has a huge impact on brain disorders later in life.

Bisma Nasar

I am a freelance writer and my field of expertise is Microbiology and Genetics. I also write about advancements in medicine and general health.

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