The ketogenic diet has major benefits for MS patients at UVA Health

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – A certain diet has incredible benefits for patients with multiple sclerosis at UVA Health.

Dr. Nick Brenton has researched how a ketogenic diet helps people with MS. He says it has reduced people’s fatigue and depression and improved their quality of life.

“It can also improve energy balance in the form of energy delivered to the brain in people with MS who can combat that. So there are a lot of theoretical ideas, but you know, honestly, scientists still don’t know not exactly every way in the kitchen, this diet works,” Brenton said.

Ketogenic diets reduce carbohydrates and replace them with healthy fats and proteins. It is popular for weight loss.

“Our group is the first group to consider using this regimen in patients with relapsing-remitting MS to first see if it is tolerable and if they can do it, but also to examine the potential benefits that might arise from the use of this diet in this population,” Brenton said.

More research needs to be done, Brenton is hopeful with these early results.

“There are currently no clinical trials that really define the use of a ketogenic diet,” Brenton said. “There is a lot of work now looking at dietary interventions as a complementary form or treatment for patients.”

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