I’ve always been fascinated by the inner workings of the brain and the study of neuroscience as a holistic way to approach health science. Research is a way to deepen my understanding of the neural network and help further improve the quality of treatment patients receive.
The Late Implementation of a Ketogenic Diet May Improve Cognitive and Memory Function
Age-related cognitive decline is typically evident in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex through the decreasing ability to utilize glucose as an energy source. Ketones are an oxidizable caloric fuel produced when a body’s main source of food is fat-based. Thus, when ketones are the main source of fuel, the body can avoid the glucose-based signaling mechanism. A ketogenic diet may then be most effective for patients with memory-loss disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease. My project will test the effectiveness of ketogenic diets on aged brains’ cognitive capacities.