According to a recent study on JAMA Network Open, Americans have put on about 1 1/2 pounds each month on home orders over the past year. At the same time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 in 5 struggle with mental health problems. A local researcher believes that a ketogenic diet might help address both of these issues. Eric Rodgers was running marathons when his doctor said he was pre-diabetic. At the time, he was also taking antidepressants. “You’d lose the joy of things. You don’t look forward to things that you used to look forward to,” Rodgers said of the ketogenic diet. It’s a very low-carb, high-fat option that has been around for 100 years and is first used to control drug-resistant seizures in people with epilepsy. Now there is a growing body of research that suggests it can alleviate mental disorders as well. “It’s not at all far-fetched to think, ‘Wow, if this diet can stop seizures, it could potentially have a powerful effect on some people with psychiatric disorders,'” said Dr. Chris Palmer, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He also practices at McLean Hospital in Belmont and has been using the ketogenic diet to treat patients with treatment-resistant diseases for 15 years. He said it didn’t work for everyone, but he saw incredible results in some people. “Some people have actually been able to come off medication and make a full recovery from their illness,” Palmer said. Palmer says processed foods are high in fat, and carbohydrates can negatively affect brain metabolism in anyone, leading to stress, depression, and anxiety. The ketogenic diet removes these foods. “This has antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects, at least in some people,” said Palmer. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed out, Palmer suggests paying attention to what you eat. Over the next two weeks, try changing your diet to eat less processed foods and less junk food, “said Palmer. Rodgers did Cut out those foods four years ago and have been on a keto diet ever since. He reversed his pre-diabetes and got off his medication. He believes that the diet that did it. “If you are just not satisfied with your health, you should take care of it, “said Rodgers.

According to a recent study on JAMA Network Open, Americans have put on about 1 1/2 pounds each month on home orders over the past year. At the same time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 in 5 struggle with mental health problems. A local researcher believes that a ketogenic diet might help address both of these issues.

Eric Rodgers was running marathons when his doctor said he was pre-diabetic. At that time, he was also taking antidepressants.

“You’d lose joy in things. You don’t look forward to things you used to look forward to,” Rodgers said.

He started his own research and came across the ketogenic diet. It’s a very low-carb, high-fat option that has been around for 100 years and is first used to control drug-resistant seizures in people with epilepsy.

Now there is a growing body of research suggesting that it can alleviate mental disorders as well.

“It’s not at all far-fetched to think, ‘Wow, if this diet can stop seizures, it could potentially have a powerful effect on some people with psychiatric disorders,'” said Dr. Chris Palmer, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

He also practices at McLean Hospital in Belmont and has been using the ketogenic diet to treat patients with treatment-resistant diseases for 15 years. He said it didn’t work for everyone, but he saw incredible results in some people.

“Some people have actually been able to come off medication and make a full recovery from their illness,” Palmer said.

According to Palmer, processed foods high in fat and carbohydrates can negatively affect brain metabolism in all individuals, leading to stress, depression, and anxiety. The ketogenic diet removes these foods.

“This has antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects, at least in some people,” said Palmer.

If you are feeling anxious or stressed out, Palmer recommends paying attention to what you are eating.

“Be more vigilant. Over the next two weeks, try to change your diet to eat less processed foods and less junk food,” Palmer said.

Rodgers cut out these foods four years ago and has been on a keto diet ever since. He reversed his pre-diabetes and was able to stop his medication. He thinks it’s the diet that did it.

“If you are not satisfied with your health right now, you should take care of it,” Rodgers said.