Studies: Keto, Exercise, Stress

Vol. 5

Keto vs. Cancer

Traditional cancer treatments can be less than effective and can even do more harm than good. In 1995, Dr. Nebeling implemented the ketogenic diet on two patients who had nonresectable advanced grade brain tumors. The theory was that by shifting energy metabolism from glucose to ketone bodies, tumor metabolism would be disrupted and the patients would maintain adequate nutrition. “…Measurable tumor remained in both subjects following extensive radiation and chemotherapy…both children responded remarkably well to the KD(ketogenic diet) and experienced long-term tumor management without further chemo or radiation therapy…”


Can high intensity exercise mitigate or even negate the harmful effects of a fast-food diet? The specific diet consisted of three extra value meals a day and an optional snack. The exercise regimen was 15 sprints, each lasting 60 seconds at about 90% of maximal heart rate. This lasted two weeks. Body composition, lipid, hepatic enzymes, glycated hemoglobin, glucose, insulin, hsC-reactive protein, and blood pressure levels were measured before and after. Surprisingly, fat mass, lean body mass, fasting glucose, serum lipoprotein(a) and hsC-reactive protein all showed improvements. “In conclusion, in large part, insulin resistance and the cardiometabolic profile of young healthy individuals seems to be protected by HIIT from a fast food diet.”

Stress vs. Junk

Mice that were exposed to stress and anxiety showed biomarkers similar to mice that were on a poor diet. The researchers also found gender differences. Male mice showed more signs of anxiety and were less active in response to stress than female mice on the same diet. “In society, women tend to have higher rates of depression and anxiety, which are linked to stress…a possible source of the gender discrepancy may be the different ways gut microbiota responds to stress in males vs. females.”


Author: NFShealth

Certified personal trainer, grad student in nutrition. Obsessed about all things regarding nutrition and health.

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