The Diet That Could Help Fight Schizophrenia

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The diet may also help combat side-effects of drugs used to treat schizophrenia.

A diet favoured by body-builders could help treat schizophrenia.

The research is based on a study of mice, who were fed a so-called ‘ketogenic’ diet.

The diet is high in fat but low in carbohydrates.

Dr Zoltan Sarnyai, who led the study, said:

“Most of a person’s energy would come from fat.

So the diet would consist of butter, cheese, salmon, etc.

Initially it would be used in addition to medication in an in-patient setting where the patient’s diet could be controlled.”

In the research, the mice displayed fewer animal behaviours related to schizophrenia, compared with a control group.

Dr Sarnyai said the diet may also help combat side-effects of drugs used to treat schizophrenia:

“It’s another advantage that it works against the weight gain, cardiovascular issues and type-two diabetes we see as common side-effects of drugs given to control schizophrenia.”

The study was published in the journal Schizophrenia Research.(Kraeuter et al., 2015)

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Published: 21 December 2015

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