Webinar to focus on ketones and dementia risk

On Tuesday 6 June, Professor Stephen Cunnane (pictured) is presenting a webinar on Ketones – a key brain fuel during aging for the charity foodforthebrain.org.

Cunnane, who heads the Brain Research Team at Sherbrooke University in Quebec, Canada, will explain how the brain uses ketones for fuel, how to implement a keto diet and the state of the science for keto diets.

He will present new evidence which may indicate that high fat ‘ketogenic’ diets, which are low in carbs and contain almost no sugar, substantially reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and dementia whereas a low-fat, high-carb eating regime could increase the risk.

The webinar will also cover supplements for reducing cognitive decline and their potential as a treatment option to help prevent or arrest dementia, as well as other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and epilepsy.

“Our research shows that the areas of the brain that have trouble using glucose for energy are able to use ketones perfectly well, even in moderately advanced dementia,” says Cunnane. “This may explain why many people later in life who are given a supplement of C8 oil or MCT oil have improvements on a battery of cognitive tests. They often feel it brings their brain power back to life.”

To attend the webinar or for more information, visit: www.foodforthebrain.org/event/ketonebrain.