26 people with Alzheimer’s disease participated in a clinical trial to evaluate the effects of diet on mental function. Each patient followed a keto diet for 12 weeks (58% fat, 29% protein, 6% carbs) and a standard low fat diet (11% fat, 19% protein, 62% carbs) for 12 weeks, with a 10 week washout period between diets.
Results: Cognition: slight improvement on keto diet, slight decline on standard diet.
Daily function: Slight improvement on keto diet, 5% decline on standard diet.
Quality of life: 10% improvement on keto diet, slight decline on standard diet.
While on the keto diet, patients lost weight and reduced their HbA1c levels with no adverse effects experienced.
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