14 Feb The Ketogenic Diet and Autism Spectrum Disorders–Part 1
Diet has been proven to reduce the effects of autism. Keto is a very popular diet, but there is more to this treatment than you might find online. Learn about the history, definition and benefits of the Keto diet.
In this video, certified Clinical Nutrition Kelly Barnhill hosts a webinar informing us about the Ketogenic diet and the effect it has on autistic people.
What We Learned from this Video:
- We’ve known the effects of ketosis on the brain for thousands of years.
- Removing certain foods from your diet is just as important as adding the proper nutrients to your diet.
- A 1911 study showed that a high fat, low carb and low protein diet reduced seizures.
- In 1922, Frank Conklin believed that seizures and epilepsy were tied to issues in the gut, and that fasting could help mitigate these problems.
- “Keto diets” that are trending online these days actually encompass a broad range of different approaches, and do not necessarily match the classic ketogenic diet.
- This diet was the main treatment for epilepsy from the 1920’s to the 1930’s/1940’s.
- The Keto diet trains the brain to use ketones rather than glucose as energy. This involves limiting carbohydrate intake and focusing on healthy fats.
- Ketosis is usually induced with inpatient care, as the patients are usually very vulnerable.
- The ketogenic diet requires strict adherence, and it requires at least 90 days for results to be visible.
- Two-thirds of patients report a 50-100% drop in seizures.
- All of the variants of the ketogenic diets are validated by medical research.
- The ketogenic diet has had proven benefits for autistic children.
The Keto diet is a strict regimen that requires the person on this dietary plan to adapt, but don’t worry! We have your back. If this particular option doesn’t work for you or your loved one with autism, take a look at our other videos about nutrition for more ideas.