My decision to try keto and intermittent fasting may seem extreme to some, but I have very personal reasons for trying and I will share these reasons with you guys.
My greatest hope and reason for doing the keto diet is to use it as a means of preventing alzheimers disease and maybe later use it as a treatment plan for Jacques ' autism. There are also some people who use keto to treat type 1 diabetes but I will research the pros and cons thoroughly before I decide to implement keto with Jacques.
My family was not lucky in the gene lottery. My mom had early onset alzheimers disease and my uncle has also been diagnosed with dementia.
*"A rare form of Alzheimer’s that affects younger patients is known as early-onset. It occurs in no more than 5 percent of cases and tends to develop before the age of 60. Studies show that in most cases it does run in families. This inherited form of early-onset is known as Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD).
FAD is caused by any one of a number of different gene mutations on certain chromosomes (i.e., 1, 14, and 21). If a parent carries even a single genetic mutation for FAD, their children have a 50/50 chance of inheriting that mutation. If the mutation is inherited, the child is almost certain to develop FAD." My sisters and I thus have a significant increased risk of developing early onset alzheimer's disease.
I was one of my moms primary caregivers and the toll alzheimers took on her as well as our family was devastating. I will do anything to try to decrease my chances of developing this aweful disease. I read in one of the alzheimer's fb groups I am part of something really sad but I could understand where the lady was coming from. She said that if she was to develop alzheimer's disease that she wanted her children to lead her to the edge of a cliff, then they should put on blind folds and shove her over the cliff. She did not want her children to go through the same things she was experiencing with her loved one now.
I have started the keto diet as well as intermittent fasting with the hope that it will at least decrease my chances of developing Alzheimer's disease.
I will update my progress and experience on the blog and hopefully this will give hope not to my sisters and myself only, but to all going through similar circumstances.
* excerpt from brightfocus.org