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Hi Amy,I loved this interview and listened to it about three times. When someone mentions ketogenic diet I am all ears.I started my ketogenic diet in April of 2014 and stayed in it for the most part until September of this year (about two weeks ago). All the news about the dangers of long term nutrirional ketosis has made me fearful of this powerful diet. My morning Ketonix readings always stayed at about 5 - green flashes (0.5 millimoler?). Since I have increased my carbs I have noticed a decline in cognition so much so that I will probably go back on the diet. My work is such that I cannot afford to make too many mental mistakes. When I was a child I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar?) and was put on a prescription drug. I took the drug for about 10 - years. Growing up I had a steady diet of sugar, junk food, breads and other carbages. No wonder I had low blood sugar at such a young age. Now at 54 I feel great and am truly fortunate to be healthy and happy.Thanks for your important work.Jim
Thanks, Jim! You might be interested in the podcast I did with Jimmy Moore a couple of months ago. The conversation was focused almost exclusively on Alzheimer's, while Robb and I talked about a couple of other things. http://www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownotes/12494/967-amy-berger-examines-the-ketogenic-antidote-to-alzheimers-disease/Sounds like your body is telling you it works best on lower-carbs. I don't think there's much to worry about with long-term nutritional ketosis. And it depends on how low you need to be in order to function at your best. (It varies so much among individuals...some people feel their best <20-30g, others can be more like 75-100g.) Overall, though, it seems like there's *far* more benefit to a low-carb, high-fat approach than there are drawbacks.