Ketogenic Diet as a Metabolic Treatment for Mental Illness

This is a video abstract of our paper published in Current Opinions in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity in 2020: https://journals.lww.com/co-endocrinology/Abstract/9000/Ketogenic_diet_as_a_metabolic_treatment_for_mental.99261.aspx.

Summary: Psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and binge eating disorder, are neurometabolic diseases that share several common mechanistic biopathologies. These include glucose hypometabolism, neurotransmitter imbalances, oxidative stress and inflammation. There is strong evidence that ketogenic diets can address these four fundamental diseases, and now complementary clinical evidence that ketogenic diets can improve the patients’ symptoms.

Dr. Chris Palmer

Psychiatrist with a clinical practice at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Director of Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He has been using the ketogenic diet to treat his patients for more than 15 years.

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