Thursday, 24 February 2011

Mum's Proposed Ketogenic Diet for Dementia.

The following diet is not intended to induce deep ketosis. It's intended to be a trade-off between ketosis, palatability & simplicity.

Feedback from the nurse on duty:- "Eggs shouldn't be in the "unlimited" list. You're not supposed to eat more than two eggs a week because of the cholesterol". God Bless the NHS! The British Heart Foundation doesn't impose a restriction on egg consumption.

Eggs can be eaten as part of a balanced diet.

Mum's currently eating two eggs a day in her cooked breakfasts.

Effect of dietary egg on human serum cholesterol and triglycerides.

Old people have the lowest mortality when their serum cholesterol is higher than average.

Total cholesterol and risk of mortality in the oldest old.
Cholesterol and all-cause mortality in elderly people from the Honolulu Heart Program: a cohort study.
Low total cholesterol and increased risk of dying: are low levels clinical warning signs in the elderly? Results from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging.
Higher total serum cholesterol levels are associated with less severe strokes and lower all-cause mortality: ten-year follow-up of ischemic strokes in the Copenhagen Stroke Study.
Serum total cholesterol levels and all-cause mortality in a home-dwelling elderly population: a six-year follow-up.
Lipid-lowering treatment to the end? A review of observational studies and RCTs on cholesterol and mortality in 80+-year olds.

Paul Jaminet has done a series on ketogenic diets.
Ketogenic Diets, I: Ways to Make a Diet Ketogenic
Ketogenic Diets 2: Preventing Muscle and Bone Loss on Ketogenic Diets

Also: See Branched chain amino acids as adjunctive therapy to ketogenic diet in epilepsy: pilot study and hypothesis.


Galina L. said...

I hope they got some blood tests results from the before-ketodenic-diet time. It would be fun to compare results in 3 - 6 monts

Nigel Kinbrum said...

The last time mum had her total cholesterol tested was years ago and the result then was approx 5mmol/L (193.5mg/dL).

She's lost a lot of weight since then due to muscle wastage, but the walking should re-build some of it.

Galina L. said...

I forgot to say - Wonderful post! I really enjoyed the links.
Your list of limited or slightly limited foods left me slightly worried. Too much depends on interpretation.It is a good progress, of course. I think you will have to make some corrections in a future.(I suspect yogurts and puddings may be a problem, fruits often come in sweetened form ...) Learning curves are unavoidable in life.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

I supply mum with fresh fruit, double cream & yoghurt with cream & coconut and the home also provides fresh fruit. As some of the residents have diabetes, all of the desserts prepared by the chef are artificially sweetened.

I will tweak the list as I gain experience in its use. I left out peas, beans & lentils. I think that they should be in the "in moderation" group.

As protein foods are naturally expensive, they are naturally supplied in moderation.

Anonymous said...

Dear Nigel

I sincerely wish your mum the best. Dementia is a horrible disease.

I hope it is very stable.

My Best Wishes,


Nigel Kinbrum said...

Dear Razwell,

Thank you. Mum's condition is stable at the moment. When her serum Vitamin D level is raised from 98nmol/L to 125nmol/L (divide by 2.5 to convert to ng/mL), I'm hoping for some improvement.

Cheers, Nige.

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