Ketogenic Diet: This low-carb weight loss diet can protect your eyesight

Leslie Hanson
May 17, 2018

The ketogenic diet which has been gaining traction among celebrities around the world, for its supposed weight loss benefits, may have other health benefits as well.

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.

Glaucoma, a degenerative disease of the optic nerve that involves a progressive loss of vision, can lead to complete blindness. The study, which was lead by Denise Inman from the Northeast Ohio Medical University in the United States, showed that following a diet high in fats and low in carbohydrates can act against degeneration of retina cells and their connections with the brain. According to the new study, the low-carb and high-fat diets help protect the retinal cells from degenerating. But looks like there's more to this eating plan than just helping people lose weight and stay fit. If you follow the diet as it directed by the dieticians, it can help you lose weight at the earliest.

A ketogenic diet may help to maintain vision in patients with glaucoma
A ketogenic diet may help to maintain vision in patients with glaucoma

The research found that feeding mice, which are genetically modified to develop glaucoma, a ketogenic diet composed of almost 90 percent fat for two months protected retinal cells from degeneration by increasing energy availability. Experts believe that maintaining a healthy Ketogenic diet not only reduces weight, maintains your blood pressure but also improves your vision. This is because ketogenic diet is high in saturated fat, which may protect the heart against complications. The study requires a lot more investigation and research, experts say.

Although further research into this intervention is required, these findings suggest that a ketogenic diet may help to maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, the researchers said.


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