Is a carb-free diet good for brain function?

An article in Wired cites two studies that show carb-free diets improved the memories and extended the lives of lab mice. While there are many DIY human experiments underway, scientific trials are needed to clarify the effects of ketogenic diets on people.

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  1. This article raises some questions for me. Proponents of a ketogenic diet rarely promote a plant based approach. Instead they promote a diet high in animal protein. As a result the diet is also high in animal saturated fats. Considering these points leads me to the following questions:

    Were the diets in the two studies plant or animal based?

    Who funded the two studies?

    Have the studies been peer reviewed by medical and nutritional researchers who conduct studies on the effects of animal proteins and animal fats on: the cardio vascular system, the pancreas and insulin resistance, vascular dementia, alzheimers, cancer, and MS?

    Why is the scope banded to just memory? What about the overall impact to the organism’s health?

    What about the studies out of Cornell that illustrate if 20% or more of calories comes from animal based proteins the cancer genes turn on. When the percentage is reduced to 10% the cancer genes turn off.

    What about the mountain of studies that highlight the impact of saturated fats on cardiovascular disease? It is my understanding so many studies have been done over the last 40 years and the data is so sound that there are minimal studies being conducted now. I listened to a lecture last month wherein the presenter (a Dr. and researcher) analyzed current studies being performed on the effects of saturated fats. The analysis highlighted a majority of the studies are being funded by the poultry/egg industry.

    What about the studies that highlight the saturated fats are causing significant insulin resistance in cells that disable the cells from processing glucose (the glucose stays in the bloodstream) thus spawning type II diabetes? The science shows saturated fats are the cause.

    What about the correlative studies that indicate type II diabetes is a precursor to dementia? Alzheimer’s is often referred to as type III diabetes (insulin resistance in brain cells).

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