Can a Ketogenic Diet Reduce Concussion-Related Brain Damage?
A ketogenic diet (KD) appears to be a promising therapeutic strategy for treating symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), early research suggests. Results from a mouse study showed the high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, which induces fat metabolism and ketone production, was associated with a reduction in TBI-induced cognitive impairment, neuronal loss, and neuroinflammation.
@senjuti It's estimated that about 2.8 million people in the United States receive medical care each year for a TBI, primarily as a result of road accidents, falls, assault, and sports injuries. Mild TBIs account for 80% to 95% of these cases. They are difficult to diagnose because routine tests, including imaging, fail to show changes in brain structure. Patients with TBI can experience behavioral, emotional, and cognitive impairments that could include memory and concentration deficits, poor executive function, depression, and anxiety. The brain trauma is also a risk factor for diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD). There is currently no proven effective treatment for TBI.