A study in mice found that the high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet would reduce the risk of loss of sight following glaucoma.
The high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet, which has already proven its worth in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and Crohn’s disease, would also be effective in reducing the risk of blindness in people with glaucoma, a degenerative disease of the optic nerve, according to the results of a study published in the medical journal The Journal of Neuroscience. These conclusions were obtained on mice.
Glaucoma, a degenerative disease of the optic nerve that involves a progressive loss of vision, can lead to complete blindness. This disease affects 1% of the population over 40 years old. It is the second leading cause of blindness in developed countries after age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Researchers at Northeast Ohio Medical University in the United States fed some mice, genetically engineered to develop glaucoma, with a high-fat diet at 90% for two months. The findings of this experiment showed that the ketogenic diet protect retinal cells and the neuronal connections of degeneration by providing a greater source of energy for the cells.
If the results of this study are conclusive, researchers must conduct larger studies to confirm their results.