MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND THE KETOGENIC DIET
Is there an MS diet? Dr Swank, who lived to 99, popularized a low fat and high protein diet. This idea was reinforced by studies in Europe and Iran that diets high in grains, low fat dairy, fruits and vegetables reduce risk of MS. But recent study surprisingly found this diet was, in fact, no better than the American (read Donald Trump) diet.
Enter the ketogenic (Atkins) diet which is again fashionable. It is high (75%) in unsaturated and saturated fats, such as from bacon and butter, and low (5%) in carbohydrates. It has been found to be helpful in controlling diabetes, the metabolic syndrome and obesity.
Now, a new study shows that it can improve symptoms and reduce risk of disability in people who are already diagnosed with MS.
See International Journal of MS Care, 2019. Lead author is Bromley.