Low-Carb Diet Can Improve Autism Symptoms

A gluten-free diet has been long recommended for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), but a new study published in Frontiers in Pediatrics suggests it may be beneficial to take it a step even further, and adapt a Ketogenic High-Fat Low-Carb Diet. The ketogenic diet (KGD) has been proven effective for treatment of epilepsy and certain deficiencies, and tests reports indicate that children treated with the KGD exhibited improved social skills and learning abilities in addition to decreased seizure frequency. This Atkins-like diet could be especially beneficial to for those with ASD affected with epileptic episodes or pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiencies.

The ketogenic approach to nutrition comprises a high-fat and protein content combined with carbohydrate levels that are not sufficient for regular metabolic function, forcing the body to burn fat rather than carbohydrates as its primary fuel source. This is a very difficult shift to make, and very difficult to maintain, but can be worth it. 40% of the children involved in the study could not comply to or tolerate the diet. Among the children who did comply, the ones with the mildest autistic behaviors saw the most improvement, but all so mild to moderate improvement. These children continued to benefit from their time on the KGD even after the study was concluded.

A gluten-free diet is a less severe lifestyle, but has also proven beneficial to ASD children.  This type of non-ketogenic (fat burning) low carbohydrate diet did not differ dramatically in metabolic benefits from the ketogenic diet, but may present less risk of inflammation or fatigue. Either diet is likely to produce some beneficial effects, but it may be easier to start with a gluten free diet and then graduate to the full ketogenic diet. If no significant improvement is felt after switching from gluten-free to ketogenic, then the easier gluten free diet is sufficient. By slowly isolating suspect foods individually, you can gauge the effect of those specific foods. It is always wise to consult your doctor or child’s pediatrician before making any major dietary changes. 

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 24, 2016 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    ダイエットをしたいと
    思って減量って難し
    いです。
    どうやって痩せようかなしよう
    かなと思って食事制限をしたり、
    運動を気にしてもいつの間にか辞めてしまって

    リバウンドしてしまう
    ことが多かったです。
    どんなことして効率良く
    痩せやすいのだろうと思ってダイエット商品で痩
    せやすい体体になれると思
    いサプリメントを
    使ってダイエットことにしました
    でも減量サプリっていろんな種
    類があって困りま
    すよね。
    糖質減量やパ
    ンを抜く炭水化物制限を減量をし
    ていたんですがす
    ぐに減量とおもったらすぐに体重が増
    えてして
    すごくがっかり
    で本気でがんばります。

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