Ask any neurologist how Parkinson’s disease is treated, and you’re sure to get a long list of medications. Truth is, none of the medications actually treats the disease. The medications that are used are clearly effective, but only focus on the management of symptoms, not the underlying disease.
It turns out that Parkinson’s disease is characterized by failure of the mitochondria to make energy, and this occurs in a very specific part of the brain. That said, researchers decided way back in 2005 to explore the possibility of improving mitochondrial function by placing patients on the ketogenic diet.
Their results were phenomenal, to say the least. The study only included five individuals and doesn’t appear to have gained much traction in the world of neurology. I’m hoping this changes moving forward.