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Modified Atkins diet may be beneficial in MCI, early Alzheimer's

People with mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer's disease who underwent a modified high-fat and low-carb Atkins diet had small but quantifiable gains in memory tests, compared with people who followed a low-fat diet alone, and those in the intervention arm with traces of urinary ketones had significantly increased Memory Composite Scores and energy after six weeks, according to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. The findings "suggest that the generation of even trace ketones might enhance episodic memory and patient-reported vitality in very early (Alzheimer's disease)," researchers concluded.

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