The low carb high-fat ketogenic and Paleo diets can prevent Alzheimer's in addition to aiding weight loss, according to neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter.
"Your key to weight loss is to eat more fat. Eat fat, get thin," Perlmutter, author of "Grain Brain," told Fox News. Perlmutter said carbohydrate restriction is the key to weight loss and protecting brain health.
Ideally, you should eat no more than 60 to 80 grams of carbs a day, said Perlmutter, who said a high-carb diet causes blood sugar spikes, which fuel inflammation. Inflammation is what spurs most degenerative diseases, including diabetes, dementia, heart disease and cancer, he explained.
Carbs Fuel Pro-Inflammatory Blood Sugar Spikes
Perlmutter said even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, citing an August 2013 report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Perlmutter says we can ward off — and in some instances reverse — Alzheimer's, heart disease, diabetes, and ADHD by following a gluten-free, low carb, high-fat ketogenic-style diet. Sadly, the U.S. government has long advocated a high-carb, low-fat diet, suggesting that Americans eat three to six servings of grains a day — a recommendation Perlmutter says is unhealthy and misguided.
Dr. Perlmutter told me the brain — and the body — needs plenty of fat to function properly. People who want to be healthy physically and mentally should consume a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic-style diet and eschew the low-fat, high-carb, grain-centric diet espoused by the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Physician Reversed Multiple Sclerosis With Paleo Diet
Perlmutter joins a growing number of medical experts who are sold on the health benefits of the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic and Paleo diets. Dr. Terry Wahls, a professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has successfully reversed many of the symptoms of her progressive multiple sclerosis by following a low-carb Paleo diet.
Wahls, who was diagnosed with MS in 2000, developed her own personalized Paleo diet plan called the Wahls Protocol, and has been managing her multiple sclerosis for the past seven years with her program. “I used what I had learned from the medical literature, functional medicine, and my knowledge of the Hunter-Gatherer diet to create my food plan," Dr. Wahls wrote in her bestseller, The Wahls Protocol.
Dr. Wahls said her MS improved dramatically, without drugs, after she switched to the Paleo diet. “The results stunned my physician, my family, and me. Within a year, I was able to walk through the hospital without a cane and even complete an 18-mile bicycle tour," she wrote.
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