Ketogenic Diet in Mediating Heart Failure Problems

Ketogenic Diet in Mediating Heart Failure Problems

A new study shows that Ketogenic Diet may help in mediating heart failure problems.

Affecting about 6.2 million adults in the United States, heart failure is a serious condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen. (

Although there is no cure for heart failure, a new study by McCommis et al. (2020) demonstrates that eating habits could mediate or even reverse heart-related problems. In the study “Nutritional modulation of heart failure in mitochondrial pyruvate carrier-deficient mice”, mice that were progressively developing heart problems were observed after being put on a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet. Results showed that this ketogenic dietary intervention was able to reverse their heart dilation and dysfunction.

While more studies are needed to support these results, the results are surprising regardless as they highlight that the ketogenic diet, which started out as a treatment for epilepsy, may also be beneficial in mediating other health problems like heart failure.


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-McCommis, K., Kovacs, A., Weinheimer, C., Shew, T., Koves, T., Ilkayeva, O., . . . Finck, B. (2020, October 26). Nutritional modulation of heart failure in mitochondrial pyruvate carrier–deficient mice. Retrieved November 20, 2020, from



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