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Med Hypotheses. 2017 Nov;109:150-152. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2017.10.011. Epub 2017 Oct 13.

Ketogenic diet and anorexia nervosa.

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Boston University, Department of Psychology, 64 Cummington Street, Boston, MA 02212, United States. Electronic address: scolnick@bu.edu.

Abstract

This hypothesis suggest that starvation-induced ketosis, which leads to a fundamental biochemical change in the metabolic fuel supply of the brain, is uniquely anxiolytic and rewarding to patients prone to AN. Ketosis can easily be replicated by a unique diet marked by high fat, moderate protein, and very low carbohydrate. This diet, known as a ketogenic diet (KGD) mimics starvation, thus allowing the patient to experience the anxiolytic state of ketosis, and yet avoid the morbidity of starvation.

PMID:
29150275
DOI:
10.1016/j.mehy.2017.10.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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