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1/10) 🚨NEW! #Keto for Anorexia🚨

We report on 3 patients who achieved remission from treatment-resistant anorexia using animal-based keto diet 🥩🍳

👉BMIs 10 - 13 kg/m2

👉Each gained ≥20kg

👉+Dramatic improvements in mental health…

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2/10) Background 👇

Anorexia is a devastating condition that increases risk of death >5X and is associated w/ high rates of relapse

There is desperate need for more effective treatment options
3/10) Common knowledge posits patients w/ anorexia should be discouraged from practicing food group restriction

But anorexia can be framed metabo-psychiatric condition that may benefit from treatment w/ metabolic health interventions w/ neuromodulatory properties, i.e. #ketodiet Image
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This thread provides some real talk about what is being called mental health support in the social media world and even in groups run by peers or trained mental health professionals. (1/11) #mentalhealthmatters
Sometimes the people attempting to provide a place for mental health support inadvertently do not. And if you are part of these support groups, either in person or online, I want you to watch out for something. (2/11)
Particularly if you are responding well and rapidly to the use of a #ketogenic diet for mental illness, with or without a therapy component, this is a real issue that comes up. (3/11)
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Research indicates that metabolic pathways play a significant role in regulating the aging process of organisms, suggesting that manipulating metabolism can potentially enhance healthspan and lifespan. (1/15)
So much so, that scientists are currently exploring dietary interventions and compounds that can modulate metabolism as potential anti-aging strategies. (2/15)…
One particular focus of metabolic interventions aimed at delaying aging is cellular senescence. (3/15)
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I feel like GLP1-agonists are like throwing buckets of water on a house fire. Do they help? Sure. Do they stop your house from being on fire? Absolutely not. (1/4)
If people just want to feel a little better, I get that. The bar for what we can expect has been set so low that quite frankly that is all they are expecting. (2/4)
But I think they should be offered an intervention that puts out the fire in the house and offers the prospect of rebuilding to occur. (3/4)
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Americans are facing a mental health crisis. Nearly one in five people suffer from a diagnosis every year.

Researchers are turning to possible correlations between the mind and body—including #metabolichealth.
Metabolic health has a significant effect on both #addiction and mental health.

Not only does being metabolically healthy reduce the risk of developing addictions, but evidence suggests it can improve mental health markers as well.
Many mental health disorders are correlated to the altered metabolism of glucose. Switching to a #ketogenic diet may be helpful.

Improved metabolic health also has clinical evidence for prevention, as schizophrenia and bipolar disorders may increase metabolic health factors.
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B12 is an important water-soluble organic compound that plays a critical role in the health of our brains. It is involved in DNA synthesis, methylation, and cellular metabolism, which means it is necessary for the proper functioning of our cells. (1/21)
B12 deficiency is a major concern, as it can lead to megaloblastic anemia and neurological problems. But did you know that inadequate #B12 or subclinical deficiency is also very common? (2/21)
It's seen at all ages but definitely in elderly populations. This can be particularly worrisome for those with Alzheimer's disease (AD), as several studies have shown an association between B12 deficiency and #AD. (3/21)
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Some of you are a little obsessed with gut health. Which is fine. But you need to understand what a #ketogenic diet can do for gut health. Like seriously, let it do it's magic and calm down with all those probiotics! Prepare for a thread. 🧵(1/18)
Before we discuss microbiome we need to talk about how the ketogenic diet helps improve gut healing and integrity. (2/18)
The gene Hmgcs2 is like a set of instructions that tells the cells in our body how to make molecules called ketone bodies, including a specific type called beta-hydroxybutyrate (βHB). (3/18)
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Are you on #pain medications or use #opioids? If so, and you do a ketogenic diet, you may find you are more sensitive to opioids. (1/6)
Now, this was a mouse study. And you are not a mouse. I am aware of that. But I am not surprised by the findings of this study. Why? (3/6)
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Doesn't butyrate also convert into beta-hydroxybutyrate in the main ketone body? Is there some inner conversion in the gut? Are these used interchangeably? (1/11)
For the most part, the pools of butyrate in the gut and beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) are separate. Remember, #BHB is a #ketone body that is produced by your body on a #ketogenic diet. (2/11)
There are some bacteria that may be able to put the hydroxyl group onto butyrate to create BHB. But for the most part, butyrate produced in the gut is mostly from the fermentation of fibers and different prebiotics. (3/11)
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Research suggests that these changes in cognitive function (#brain fog, poor memory, mood, and focus) may be accompanied by dysfunction in #brain energy metabolism that can be treated with #metabolic therapies. (1/17)
Cognitive dysfunction can arise when the brain's energy supply is disrupted. It's called brain hypometabolism. (2/17)
Head traumas and concussions in sports or accidents are associated with such changes and can cause behavioral changes and memory loss in adults. But you don't need a history of head injury for cognitive decline to occur. (3/17)
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We need to talk about the role of GABA in mental illness and neurological disorders. And then I am going to explain to you why ketones can help regulate this neurotransmitter. 🧵 (1/21)
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, and it plays a critical role in regulating neuronal excitability and maintaining the balance between neuronal excitation and inhibition. (2/21)
GABAergic dysfunction has been implicated in a wide range of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including #anxiety disorders, #depression, #epilepsy, #schizophrenia, and #autism spectrum disorders. (3/21)
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Some of you are under the mistaken understanding that the mechanism of improvement in the ketogenic diet is just simply improved nutrient intake and eating a whole foods diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. (1/7)
And I need you to understand this is not the case. Yes, improved nutrition is good for the brain. But that alone does not stop seizures, and it does not improve metabolism in the brain to the level needed to treat mental illness. (2/7)
If you have been doing "all the right things" regarding nutrition with little improvement in mood and cognitive symptoms, you may want to consider a ketogenic diet. It is a powerful metabolic therapy for the brain. (3/7)
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We are discovering exciting things about how therapeutic nutritional ketosis could benefit those living with serious mental illnesses. It's time for a short thread about two main ways this could be happening. 🧵 (1/13)
First is the direct effect of ketones. Scientific studies have shown that people with serious mental illnesses often have trouble using glucose efficiently for fuel. Ketones supply fuel that doesn't depend on insulin or the cell's ability to metabolize glucose. (2/13)
By providing the brain with this alternative fuel source, ketones can help enhance energy production and improve cognitive function in people with serious mental illnesses. (3/13) #lifechanging
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Can a ketogenic diet help the symptoms of a hard-core neurodegenerative disorder like Huntington's disease? Let's see what a published case study found. 🧵 (1/16)
Huntington's disease (HD) is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation in the huntingtin (HTT) gene, which produces a toxic protein that damages nerve cells in the brain. (2/16)
HD is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, meaning that a person only needs one copy of the mutated gene from either parent to develop the disease. (3/16)
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It can be easier to adopt the ketogenic diet as a treatment for mental illness if you're not taking medications. But many other clinicians and I have seen many people taking medications for psychiatric disorders benefit from it. (1/6)
So, as @bschermd says in this video, don't let that hold you back. You just need the clinical support of a cooperative prescriber. (2/6)
@bschermd @Metabolic_Mind wants you to have this information so you can advocate for yourself and find a cooperative prescriber you can work with! (3/6)
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Depakote, Tegretol, Lamictal, Neurontin,
Gabapentin, Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, Topamax, and Topiramate are often used to treat seizures. Did you know that a ketogenic diet can be used to treat seizures? Without the dependency or side effects of these medications? (1/4)
Seizure #medications are used as "treatments" for mental illness and neurological disorders. (2/4) #neurology #epilepsy #psychiatry
Did you know that you can use a #ketogenic diet to help treat seizures, mental illness, and neurological issues and possibly not need to use these medications? Did you know that was an option you could pursue? (3/4)
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Mitochondria are essential to our overall health and well-being. In addition to producing energy, they regulate many critical processes in the body. (1/11) #mitochondria #energy #health
Mitochondria play a key role in the production and regulation of neurotransmitters. They also help produce key hormones like cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone. (2/11) #mitochondria #hormones #neurotransmitters #neurotwitter
Mitochondria are involved in epigenetics, which is the expression of #genes from the nucleus. They send signals to the nucleus that turn genes on or off. (3/11) #epigenetics #genes #mitochondria
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Attention healthcare professionals, if you haven't yet explored training in ketogenic dietary therapy for mental illness and neurological disorders, you may be missing out on a groundbreaking approach that is transforming lives. (1/10)
The online training program designed by @KetoPotterRDN @KaniaZupec has seen tremendous success, with several hundred professionals completing the training within the first year. (2/10)
@KetoPotterRDN @KaniaZupec In addition to benefiting those with epilepsy, advanced ketogenic dietary therapy has shown promise in improving the symptoms of a variety of neurological disorders, including migraine headaches, autism, and dementia. (3/10)
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Two ketogenic dieticians, @KaniaZupec
and @KetoPotterRDN were both recently interviewed on BipolarCast podcast by @IainCampbellPhD and Matt Baszucki. And I think you will be interested to hear what they had to say. 🧵(1/7)
@KaniaZupec @KetoPotterRDN @IainCampbellPhD Beth and Denise, ketogenic dieticians with experience in treating pediatric epilepsy populations, have long observed the significant improvement of other medical issues alongside epilepsy, such as cognitive delays, physical mobility issues, autism, and depression. (2/7)
@KaniaZupec @KetoPotterRDN @IainCampbellPhD They have seen that, even when epilepsy remains the same, other symptoms may improve with a #ketogenic diet. (3/7)
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Many people with mental health conditions rely on medications to manage their symptoms, but these medications often come with metabolic side effects like weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and sexual side effects. (1/8)
Many people complain of feeling less "bad" but also emotionally flat. As someone who does couples therapy, I can tell you these side effects come into the session with the couple.
There are costs to these side effects. (2/8)
In addition to the financial cost of medications, these side effects can come at a high quality-of-life cost, which is why many people don't stay on them, even when they're helpful. (3/8)
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Let's explore the outcomes of a study that explored the neurobiological evidence in support of improvement in depression with a ketogenic diet and find out what underlying biological mechanisms they uncovered through in vitro and in vivo studies.🧵(1/29) #depression #ketogenic
Basically, they did a literature review from August 2021 to January 2022. Here's what they found. (2/29) #research
People with #depression may have changes in #glucose #metabolism in the brain. The #ketogenic diet boosts cellular #energy metabolism by raising #ketone bodies and replacing glucose as the main fuel source. (3/29)
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Psychotherapy and medications are considered effective treatments for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Except for about 30%. (1/5) #depression #psychiatry #psychotherapy
For 30% of patients with #depression symptoms persist even after multiple treatment attempts. (2/5) #medication #psychotherapy #psychiatry……
And for those in which medications work sufficiently, there can still be the problem of significant side effects. (3/5) #depression #medications #psychiatry…
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Nutritional ketosis has traditionally been considered a contraindication for individuals with eating disorders. 🧵(1/10)
The concern was that the restrictions and rules around food could trigger the disorder. But that's not what I have seen in my role as a licensed mental health counselor (2/10)
However, a recent case study showed safety and efficacy in using a ketogenic diet and ketamine to treat anorexia (3/10)…
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Many people believe that a ketogenic diet doesn't work for everyone, and this has been the experience of @GeorgiaEdeMD in clinical practice. (1/6)
@GeorgiaEdeMD However, after practicing psychiatry for 15-16 years, she reports has never seen any other intervention with as much power as a ketogenic diet. (2/6)
@GeorgiaEdeMD She explains in her most recent video with @Metabolic_Mind that medications are designed to address one piece of the puzzle, such as a neurotransmitter imbalance, but the #ketogenic diet addresses multiple root causes of #brainhealth problems. (3/6)
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