Low-carb Diet May Reverse Age-related Brain Deterioration

A new study, performed by researchers from the United States and the United Kingdom, finds that age-related changes in the brain start earlier than it was previously thought and switching to a low-carb diet may reverse the deterioration.Low-carb Diet May Reverse Age-related Brain Deterioration

To determine when changes to the brain start, the researchers used two large-scale functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) datasets. The analysis of these MRIs showed that the changes to the stability of a neural network emerged already at the age of 47, and the brain degenerated fast from the age of 60 years.

To study how the type of diet influences the brain network stability, the researchers integrated 42 volunteers aged under 50 into their study. The team used MRI machine to measure their neural activity.

The study participants were divided into two groups one of which ate a low-carb diet, and another ate a regular diet with overnight 12-hour fasting.

The researcher Mujica-Parodi, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, says: “… the good news is that we may be able to prevent or reverse these effects with diet, mitigating the impact of encroaching hypometabolism by exchanging glucose for ketones as fuel for neurons.”

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