Dr Ignacio Cuaranta - Ketogenic Psychiatry - Advantages on Stress Adaptation

Presentation overview:

Ignacio Cuaranta, MD, is a psychiatrist in Argentina. In this lecture, Dr Cuaranta shares his experiences of a keto diet as a comprehensive approach for mental health and disease, using eating disorders to demonstrate.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand mental health classification limitations in advancing science and research
  • Understand that metabolic therapies offer a new framework for the necessary paradigm shift in psychiatry
  • Grasp how using a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting may improve stress adaptation, brain physiology and current environmental pressure
  • Consider challenges for the implementation of metabolic ketogenic therapies in psychiatry

Presentation summary:

In this lecture, Dr Cuaranta shares his experiences of a keto diet as a comprehensive approach for mental health and disease. He begins by explaining why labels/diagnosis can be unhelpful, without correctly reflecting clinical phenomena and etiology. We must acknowledge the influence of the environment on the individual, noting that major environmental changes to the food environment have happened over the past 50 years. He proposes that aspects of this environment, particularly addictive processed food, influences neurobiology affecting propensity towards eating disorders.

Dr Cuaranta notes that a ketogenic diet attenuates all mechanisms of stress activation, as well as key pathophysiologies of psychiatric diseases. He proposes that the current dietary management of eating disorders may not be optimal nor address the underlying pathophysiology. He makes the case for intermittent fasting as a tool for providing decision autonomy and notes beneficial brain changes with a ketogenic diet. Dr Cuaranta ties in other aspects that are important to psychiatric health including sleep, stress, connection and movement.

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