Dr. Stephen Cunnane – Brain Glucose and Ketone Metabolism

Dr.  Stephen Cunnane – Brain Glucose and Ketone Metabolism


– Thanks Ken and good morning everyone. It’s a great pleasure to be here and I want to thank the
organizers for this invitation and for the energy in the room and the progress that we’re making. This is such an important area and I hope that we can
contribute a little this morning, Eric and myself, to the
neurological aspects. I’ve extended the title of my talk from what’s in the program to
focus on Alzheimer’s disease and the implications for treatment. We’ve developed ketone PET imaging and I’m gonna tell you a little bit about how we use that to try to establish potential, the
therapeutic potential of ketones in this important disease. I have some disclosures to mention. On the left side of my
public and nonprofit funding and you’ll notice at the top, we were talking about sources of funding some of it’s gone from Canada to the US for some of the cancer work, well the American Alzheimer’s Association has supported the trial that I’m gonna talk to you about today. So it does go both ways, and there’s some private-sector support and following Tim Nolks’
experience that he so eloquently described yesterday, I wanna mention in the bottom right there that I’m not a physician and I’m not providing any medical advice to anyone from this presentation. So we’re talking a couple
of people have referred to Jeff Volek’s Ford and
I just wanted to show a picture of it here. (audience laughter) It’s got a bigger
reputation than it really is and little do you know that
it’s actually a Toyota Prius which is dressed up as a performance car. No, I’m making allusions to hybrid cars because I think it’s a good
analogy for the human brain which is what I want you to think about in terms of its fuel requirements. There is an interchange normally between the ketones used by the brain and the glucose used by the brain, and this becomes faulty as we get older and I wanna tell you a little bit about how we explore that. And I wanna start with the beginning. And the beginning is infant development. We’ve made the allusions
over the past couple of days to the importance of ketones in starvation which is a secondary
benefit of having ketones. But in fact, the infant brain cannot develop
normally without ketone. So it’s not an alternative
fuel, it’s an essential fuel to supply 20 to 25% of the
infants brain energy requirements day in day out physiologically. It’s not a question of caloric restriction or intermittent feeding
or whatever you like, it’s a breast-fed healthy term infant. And part of that ketone
supply to the brain is fueling the energy, but part second point is supplying carbon to make brain lipids,
which is in the image there which if any of you do brain imaging you’ll realize that’s actually a human, an adult brain rather, that’s superimposed on a CT of an infant, or probably an ultra scan actually. And the white part of the
image is the white matter and the white matter is
made of primarily of lipids that are made from ketones, cholesterol, long chain fatty acids. The myelin, the sheaths around
the axons and the nerves. So it’s an important anabolic substrate for the developing brain, and it’s important catabolic
or fuel substrate as well. The main source of the
carbon supply the ketones that are constantly coming into
the infant during lactation is the medium chain
triglycerides that are in milk. Human milk, all mammalian
milk that we know of contain medium chain fatty acids and in principle, I mean that the infants of most or probably all mammals are in fact in mild ketosis
during the lactation period. The advantage in humans
is that some of those medium chain triglycerides
end up in storage fat, in the body fat of the infant. We are unique as a mammal
in having body fat at birth and so this in a way
extends the ketogenic state beyond weaning because
those MCT can then be used from body fat, and I’ve discussed this in
the implications of this for human evolution both in
the book that Ken referred to and in this article, the
general human evolution a of couple years ago. So I think the important point
I wanna make here is that what we’re trying to do is
recapitulate in the aging brain what the newborn brain
is used to and thrives on day in day out. The second I think important point that I wanna make is that the fuels that are used by the brain, there’s two different strategies. I notice on my screen
that this partly cut off but I’m glad to see this not
out off at the top for you. So the two strategies are that the glucose gets into the brain because it’s pulled into the brain. This little stick person is
pulling a glucose molecule into the brain which is on the right, and that processes occurs
through the glucose transporter and it’s driven by a falling
glucose in the brain cell that’s doing some job of
communicating with its neighbor. So this is a process that’s
driven by brain activity, that’s strategy number one. It’s still supplying most of the fuel that the brain is gonna use. But the alternative strategy
is driven by ketones and it’s a push strategy. So when the ketones go up
in the blood on the left, they are pushed into the brain. And this is the way the
brain works all the time if glucose goes down because you’ve been fasting for 24 hours for argument’s sake, insulin is down and ketones are being produced and they will go into the brain in relation to the concentration as shown on this slide. So this is a compilation
of a number of studies which I’ve compiled and in
the publication that’s noted. You’ll see on the x-axis
the plasma ketones are on a log scale and the fasting indeed
goes from the postprandial to 24 hours fasting, 40 day
fasting which is referred to George K Hill’s classic work, but there is also a paper published in the Journal
of Clinical Investigation on a 60 day fast in
obese individuals as well where you got over 10 millimolar of beta hydroxybutyrate in the blood and you’re supplying, as
you can see on the y-axis on the right-hand side, about 85 to 90% of the
brain’s energy requirements. Obviously it’s an extreme situation, a non-physiological situation, probably ethically impossible to do today. All I’m using it for is to
demonstrate the principle that as ketones become
available in the blood under these circumstances,
they will be used by the brain. So there’s a linear relationship, over a 600 fold range at least which is an extraordinarily
efficient way of providing a backup fuel for the brain. The third point I wanna make is that glucose is the main fuel of the brain under most circumstances
except under extreme fasting but it’s not the preferred fuel. So there’s a difference
between the main fuel and the preferred fuel. And this is an example of a study that we did with a PET scan. I’ll show you how we
did the pet in a minute but I wanted to set the stage
for the Alzheimer studies with these couple of preliminary points. So on the x-axis, you can see a change in brain ketone uptake
caused by the ketogenic diet. So these are Delta values, they are increasing amounts
of brain ketone uptake compared to the pre-ketogenic diet stage and on the y-axis is a glucose uptake which goes down in
proportion to the increase in ketone supply. So glucose uptake is going down when there’s sufficient ketones around to go into the brain. So this is an inverse relationship and it’s why I refer to ketones as being the preferred fuel. We’re not the first
people to have shown this, and there’s a very useful
glucose sparing effect that in fact occurs on the ketogenic diet. So the context for this
in relation to aging and Alzheimer’s disease is
shown by these two little arrows and if you look at the two scans, you can see that the
one where the arrows are has basically missing
the orange to red color over the years, the parietal lobes. This is a classic image of what one sees in Alzheimer’s disease and it’s been known since the dawn of PET
scans in the late 70s. Interpretation is almost always been, well the brain cells are
dying in Alzheimer’s disease so they don’t need glucose, so the glucose uptake goes down. And that’s a logical interpretation. Except for two points that I wanna make. The first point, and it’s in this concept that we’ve developed over
the past couple of years along with some other
people around the world, is that in fact the glucose
problem is specific to glucose and it precedes the cognitive deficit in Alzheimer’s disease. So how do we know that? What we’re talking about
is still the definition of the glucose deficit is
defined by the PET scans where the color, the
reddish color is declining and that’s showing lower
glucose uptake in the brain. In the yellow box, there are
five categories of people with presymptomatic bring
glucose hypometabolism and they’re all categories of individuals at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Who are they? Older people, people with
insulin resistance independent of age, people with a family
history of Alzheimer’s disease, people that are APOE four carriers and the presenilin mutation. So those are very
different groups of people. They’ve all been identified as
having a risk of Alzheimer’s, an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease and they all have presymptomatic brain glucose hypometabolism. So this cannot just be a
consequence of the disease, they don’t yet have the disease. They’re all cognitively normal. They’re at risk, but they
are still cognitively normal when the PEt scans have been done. I haven’t given you the citation. I’ll to, if you look up our work, all this work has been referenced and has been done by other groups. So the way we look at this now is that this latent glucose hypometabolism is in fact helping precipitate the neural pathology associated
with Alzheimer’s disease, deterioration of synapses and deterioration in brain function which is associated with cognitive decline and which is gonna push down
the glucose metabolism further and is gonna create a vicious cycle of brain energy exhaustion and
progression of the disease. So, we could argue about
whether the neuropathology comes before the latent
glucose hypometabolism, but we have a way of
assessing this and saying if there are two fuels
that the brain can use what about brain ketone uptake in people at risk with Alzheimer’s disease or at risk of Alzheimer’s disease? If it’s the same pattern
as it is with glucose and we know the neuron’s
completely screwed up or the astrocyte, because it’s a different
transporter mechanism, it’s a different access
point to the Krebs cycle, it’s a different pathway
until you get to the common pathway. So let’s explore brain ketone uptake in these conditions. So how do you do that? You do what we’ve called
dual tracer quantitative PET imaging, and the
protocol is shown here. We do the PET image with a ketone tracer which is acetoacetate, carbon
11 labeled, short half-life so you have time to collect the image before the radioactivity
is decayed away completely. And then you have a washout period, and then you do the classical PET FDG scan on the same individual,
on the same afternoon they’re in the same physiological state, so that images are quite comparable. You can do this qualitatively with, well I think Parker referred to SUVs standardized uptake values. It’s a relative measure. But it’s not good enough if
you’re trying to figure out what the problem with glucose is, the extent of the problem, what your therapeutic
target with ketones is. You need to quantify these scans. And in order to do that,
you need blood samples and you also need an MR image
to localize the PET image and get the exact information about what regions are affected and what the extent of
the glucose problem is. So this is what the scan is. You can see the references, we’ve published a few papers now. We’ve studied over 300 people
using this methodology. And the units are classically
known as CMR units, cerebral metabolic rate, is a quantitative value with
micromoles per hundred grams per minute and they’re basically two units to this calculation. One is an uptake rate constant. K which is taken from the PET scan, and the other is the plasma ketone value. And as many of you know now,
plasma ketones can vary a lot if you’re on a ketogenic diet, or if you’re on a ketogenic supplement. So the results become fairly noisy but the uptake rate constant
is actually a fairly tight value depending on the conditions. So if we look at the people
that are of most interest during brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease is CTL or cognitively
normal healthy older people age matched to the MCI, which
is mild cognitive impairment and AD, Alzheimer’s, and
we’ve got 20 people per group in this project. And these are the K values. This is the capacity of the brain to take up the ketones. It’s kinda like how many doors are open if someone calls fire here, if there’s only two doors that open, we’re gonna backup
before we can get through everyone through the doorways. If four doors open or six doors open that’s a larger K value in the analogy of a fire
and trying to escape. And as you can see here with glucose, the capacity of the brain to use glucose is higher in the areas where
the red and orange colors are shown on the brain, and
as you go towards Alzheimer, you can see there’s a
virtual disappearance of the red orange and the
green is more predominant. So the capacity of the
brain to use glucose decreases in Alzheimer’s disease and this has been established
for many many years. If we look at the ketone uptake in exactly the same individuals, you can see that the green color, in fact the capacity’s
lower than it is for glucose under the normal circumstances. But it if anything, it actually increases as you get towards Alzheimer’s disease. There is no loss of the capacity to transport ketones into the brain. It’s the same cells. So they can’t be dead because this is an active
transport mediated process. So this encouraging us to believe that we could use the normal
brain ketone uptake capacity to in fact bypass the glucose deficit and potentially have an
impact on cognitive function. So the issue then is well
that’s basal uptake rates, what about uptake rates when you provided ketogenic substrate? Simple way of doing this is with an MCT, a medium chain triglyceride. We arbitrarily hit on a
dose of 30 grams a day. We did this over one month and this rather busy looking slide is basically showing you
that the plasma values are on the x-axis and
the star and triangle are before they start the treatment. So the values are lower
around .35, .4 total ketones. When they go on either of
these two MCT supplements, we basically double the plasma levels and the brain values
are shown on the y-axis. And you can see that we’ve
doubled the brain uptake on the y-axis. The key values are in the background. The dotted line is what
the reference value, the slope of the line that
we would ideally like to see that has been shown in our studies with young healthy adults. And basically they’re identical, statistically identical slopes for the Alzheimer’s patients. If we were to extend these plasma values to much much higher values, we might see that the slope of this line connecting the blue
triangles, the green triangles might drift off but it’s very
close to what it should be. So this suggests that the brain
can use additional ketones in Alzheimer’s disease
when you provide them. So the important thing then is, well what happens to memory and cognition? And we’ve done a study in
mild cognitive impairment, we call it the BENEFIC trial which is for brain energy,
functional imaging and cognition. And the cognitive outcomes
are summarized on this slide. This study was designed and powered for the metabolic outcomes. Is the capacity to use ketones normal in mild cognitive impairment? And the answer is yes,
it’s the same results as I just showed you
for Alzheimer’s disease, but we still have 19
or 20 people per group. And we have a placebo control on this so we have cognitive results. And you can see that
there are several domains of cognitive function that improve, particularly the episodic memory but also processing speed and language that do not improve on the placebo. So this is encouraging,
but it’s not definitive because a clinical effect
with a cognitive outcome would require probably closer
to 100 people per group. Importantly though, with the
brain ketone PET we can show that there is a statistically significant positive relationship between the plasma levels
or the brain ketone uptake and the outcomes on cognitive functions. This is one example with
the quite commonly used trail making test, which there was a positive effect in mild cognitive impairment. And you can see that there’s
a linear positive relationship in relation to the brain ketone uptake. But it’s also clear that the placebo group and the active group are not
well separated here at all so the ketone effect of the MCT does not really pull and separate them from the placebo group at 30 grams a day, which I don’t have on the slide I see, but that’s the dose we use for six months. So that’s something that we now realize is helping us set a therapeutic target. We arbitrarily started with 30 grams a day which was close to the
upper tolerable limit we thought with the
formulation that we had. And we were trying to
demonstrate a metabolic effect and we’ve seen that metabolic effect. But now if we expect to
see a cognitive effect we’re going to have to increase
the brain ketone supply a little more. Still the trend is there
and as the yellow box says, several other of these
correlations were also positive but I don’t have time to show them to you. So again proof of principle suggests that you can achieve a metabolic
rescue of the brain and that the rescue is gonna
have a functional effect that is gonna correlate with
the level of ketones achieved both in the blood and in the brain. So we look at this now in
terms of the green band in the middle here, what is the energy rescue or the gap in energy supply to the brain
that we’re trying to fill. So let me take you through this. The bar on the left here is
the young healthy controls and their energy supply, they’re in the normal group. So they’re at 100%. And their brain energy is coming as you can see in the table at the bottom, about 95% from glucose and
about five percent from ketones using the dual tracer ketone PEt imaging. So that’s the young healthy controls. Older healthy controls, we’ve got about 30 people in that group and you can see that the total
height of the bar is lower, the ketone contribution is a bit lower. It’s not that the K value for the ability to take up the ketones goes down, but in fact plasma ketones drift
downwards as you get older. So their contribution to brain
energy metabolism goes down. But it’s glucose that is going
down in principle here mostly from 95% contribution to about 89%. But they’re all cognitively normal still. Then you go to MCI which is the middle bar and the values gone down a little further. So there’s still a
significant drop in glucose although the ketone
uptake is still the same as it was in the healthy older people. Then the second bar from the right is the trial I just
mentioned, the BENEFIC trial in which the MCI patients
were on 30 grams a day of The MCT, and now we’ve helped restore them closer to the healthy
elderly with the ketones which are now contributed
twice as much as they were in a healthy elderly. But the glucose contribution
has not been changed by the MCT supplement. So this is suggesting to us that if we wanna get a more complete reversal of the energy deficit, we’re gonna get up, need
to get into 45 grams a day roughly speaking. That was gonna pit us somewhere between the healthy elderly and the healthy young which seems like a reasonable place to be. We might be able to get
right up to this 100% value with perhaps with a ketone Esther or some other supplement,
we’re still exploring that. So this is telling us what
our therapeutic target is, it’s giving us a dose that
we should be looking for in order to accomplish
this particular goal. This is the same slide but
it’s a little busier now because I’ve added the
Alzheimer’s group here. So from the MCI we get a further decline to a value of a deficit of about 19% in early Alzheimer’s disease. So person with early diagnosis
of Alzheimer’s disease day in day out is facing a 20%
energy deficit in their brain constantly. MCT is one way to help correct
that, as we show you here but you can see that the group next to the Alzheimer group
here is an exercise group. And in fact exercise
helps get glucose in more into the brain. It also helps get ketones into the brain without a ketogenic
supplement at the same time. It’s helping to increase the K value, the number of doors into the brain. So exercise is potentially
quite complementary with this and we’re excited about
the potential of that. The problem is that it took seven years to get five patients
through this protocol. So it’s not easy to get Alzheimer patients to participate in these sorts of projects. But the proof of a
beneficial effect is there. A second Alzheimer group
which are basically identical to this one on 30 grams a day is also improving the brain energy status but it’s not changing glucose. So medium chain triglycerides
are not affecting glucose, exercise is affecting both, and I think together we could probably catapult them just over
this magical line here. So it’s kind of exciting
to know that we can do some things about the brain energy status in Alzheimer’s disease and we need to power studies
now for the cognitive outcomes. So coming back to that busy slide with the direct line relationship between in normal young adults who have been starved or not, that’s the black line that’s shown here, and what I’m showing next to it is the uptake not of beta hydroxybutyrate, which is the black line, but the dotted line which is acetoacetate and I put the Alzheimer patients on there. I put our healthy older controls on there and I put the ketogenic diet on there and they’re all in the
same linear relationship. So it’s very achievable. People are on a ketogenic
diet are probably at least at one millimolar ketones in the blood and this should be really helping to stave off if you’re in a preventive mode the glucose deficit in the brain. But this is what we imagine is probably the target that we’re gonna
need on a daylong basis 24 hours. It’s very hard to achieve with a medium chain
triglyceride supplement but much easier to achieve
with a ketogenic diet although compliance is
tougher in older people. So just to show you what
a ketogenic diet does to the brain ketone uptake, these are the cerebral
metabolic rates for acetoacetate and the blue color is in
people pre-ketogenic diet, very low ketone uptake,
around five percent and that’s what you would see. The blue represents quite a low uptake and then everything basically lights up when you’re on a ketogenic diet. So those of you that
are on a ketogenic diet, you can see how your brain,
it loves the ketones. And in fact the ketogenic diet is actually increasing the total
supply to energy of the brain. This is in a normal adult where there’s five percent
ketones, 95% glucose around 100% there are two
different control groups here for reasons that I don’t
need to explain it, both about 100. But in fact you can get to
113% or so on a ketogenic diet. There’s more energy
getting into your brain on a ketogenic diet than there
is on a typical Western diet. So there’s not just a therapeutic effect but potentially a cognitive benefit in those that are not
facing aging associated cognitive decline. So to summarize, I just want to come back to this image and say that those arrows are definitely a consequence of the disease, but they’re also
contributing to the disease, the arrows are present
before the disease starts and it’s a glucose specific problem that brain energy rescue by ketones is definitely feasible in
mild cognitive impairment, it’s feasible in Alzheimer’s disease. What we’re to do is
basically let the brain have the luxury of thriving
in a fuel environment that you were born into. And the fourth point is
that the cognitive benefits still need to be better defined as well as a mechanism of action. We don’t know if it’s as
alluded to earlier today. We don’t know if it’s just a fuel effect or whether there’s some signaling affects, whether there’s some
anti-inflammatory effects, whether even affecting
the pathology in the brain in this situation. So I wanna finish by thanking a terrific group of collaborators
and members of my lab. And thank you for your attention. (audience applause)

26 thoughts on “Dr. Stephen Cunnane – Brain Glucose and Ketone Metabolism

  1. I am sold on the ketone being the preferred brain fuel but how can you answer the question "If it is the preferred fuel, why do the brain still need 25% glucose with 75% ketone to function?"

  2. It's fascinating to hear that human milk is said to be the food that puts / keeps human infants (babies) in ketosis. After all, human milk has a higher lactose content – milk sugar – than cows' milk. Of course, human milk is usually served raw.

    Some people cannot make good use of the milk from cattle. However, many who think they cannot find that they can enjoy milk from cows, IF it is consumed unprocessed. 'Raw' milk is a very different thing from the highly processed stuff sold in supermarkets:

    – It contains enzymes which aid digestion, including lactase which digests the lactose, so people don't need to 'have the adaptive gene' to produce lactose.
    – Unprocessed milk contains beneficial bacteria, also known as 'probiotics'.
    – Unprocessed milk also contains all the vitamins we need, including those destroyed by the heat treatment, like Vit C.
    – The cooking process alters the proteins in milk, making them more allergenic.
    – In processing, the butterfat is separated from the rest of the milk. The fat globules are artificially reduced in size, allowing them to be absorrbed across the gut wall without being digested, especially those with 'leaky gut'.
    – The butterfat is then added back to a level of 3.25% in 'whole' milk. Unprocessed milk from well managed Holstein cows averages nearly 4%. Cattle from many breeds on high forage or all 'grassfed' diets averages as high as 5-6% butterrfat, or more.
    – The processing steps expose the milk to air which can oxidize the fats. And to surfaces that can collect bacteria.
    – Supermarket milk almost always comes from CAFOs – not ecologically sustainable. Instead of allowing the cows to harvest much of their own feed themselves from perennial pastures, which they naturally fertilize. Properly managed, livestock grazing pasture asequesters carbon, reduces or eliminates soil erosion, increases the diversity of the soil life below the surface and the plant community above, provides habitat and food for a range of wildlife, including pollinators, birds, etc, increases rain infiltration which mitigates the effects of drought and reduces flooding, while replenishing springs, ponds & lakes, streams, rivers, and aquifers…
    Cows in CAFO operations are confined, then fed a TMR (total mixed ration) that does not allow each cow to select what she needs that day. The feedstuffs in the TMR are farmed mechanically, using petroleum, synthetic fertilizers, and an array of toxic chemical 'cides'.
    – CAFO milk is usually from cows given GMO hormones, rGBH.
    – In the North and East, CAFO cows are increasingly being kept indoors 24/7 with little or no access to pasture or sunlight.
    – Processed milk is almost always from cows fed a high grain ration, dropping levels of the beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids to nearly nothing.
    – Many raw milk producers bottle their milk in glass. The plastic lined cartons and plastic jugs transfer synthetic chemicals to the milk, which some people can even taste and smell.

    Most raw milk is produced on pasture-based farms, and some is 100% 'grassfed' with levels as much as 7+ times higher than grass + grain fed milk. The farms producing this milk generally avoid synthetic hormones, antibiotics (except in emergencies, which are rare in pasture-based cows), The profits from milk sold in supernarkets go mostly to the processor, and to the stores. Dairy farmers are often paid little over the cost of production, sometimes less than the cost to produce the milk.

    Whenever we make a purchase we are voting with our dollars – the vote that counts most. Seeking high quality milk, meat, eggs, etc from small farms and buying DIRECTLY from those farms is a vote for sustainable, ethical, regenerative farming.

    Best of all – the flavor is fantastic!

  3. I'm still thinking that the cause of alzheimer's is tissue damage due to excessive glucose levels, so then it's reasonable to expect that energy deficit would be a side effect, not a cause. The fact that ketone metabolism is preserved is consistent with either model. The exercise cohort backs this up too. Exercise lowers average glucose/insulin levels. Lower glucose/insulin should result in additional energy deficit in cells with impaired glucose metabolism. However, if it is shown, that low carb/ketogenic not only improves energy balance – but also slows progression of the disease then either the ketones are protective OR lower glucose levels are sparing the remaining undamaged tissues…..

  4. Just think if these people were fat adapted compared to 60 yrs on glucose these stats would be way more in favor of ketones

  5. Hello, I have a question about sugar on keto, can I have it in small amounts as they are in some products? For example sausage that have 3 grams of carbs but 1.5 grams in it are sugar. What is the safe limit of sugar in that form per meal and per day?

  6. The people doing these expirments are incredible! Thank you Dr. Stephen and your team for such insightful research.

  7. But on keto diet you have little glucose so maybe that is the reason why the brain “prefer” ketones, because then it is more stable choice of energy

  8. On his disclosures he shows receiving money from Nestlé. Nestlé is one of the world's largest promoters and sellers of sugar laden products. I wish he would explain his disclosures. I had to stop watching. I am not a troll and I welcome any educational advice. I love Virta Health.

  9. Amazing. I think ketones are our normal and original source of energy. We’ve been forced to consume glucose these past 70 years through big food & pharma companies. Sad that we think sugar is the primary source. Crazy…
    our ancestors 500 years ago didn’t have refined processed sugar & carbohydrates. And they survived…
    I’ll never understand how it’s BAD to NOT eat carbohydrates. Lol. So stupid. Can’t stand the health & food industry.

  10. Very informative. Thanks.
    So brains love ketones. And ketones stop the brain cells from dying and thus prevent alzhimers ?
    Why does glucose to the brain reduce as we grow older ????

  11. Thanks, very well received. The problem is that this is too academic for most of the normal ppl. Maybe it should be more easy for the ppl who needs this knowledge (not us we have PhD's or Diploma's). That is the problem in the world, the scientific knowledge is to complicated for the normal ppl to understand.

  12. 2:09 Infants & Small Children

    17:00 Just found a study today saying that Alzheimer's is basically the brain digesting it's own fat stores (myelin) in order to make ketones so it can function. This may be why you didn't see a separation between test and control in that study. Just because you didn't give the subject any ketones, doesn't mean the brain wasn't already getting them some other way.

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/283979137_White_Matter_Lipids_as_a_Ketogenic_Fuel_Supply_in_Aging_Female_Brain_Implications_for_Alzheimer's_Disease

    My Mom is forgetting alot now. But she won't listen to me about Keto.
    X'-(

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