The Surprising Truth About the Ketogenic Diet, Insulin Resistance, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Article written and reviewed by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH
Published July 7, 2020

We have an action-packed episode for you today. Make sure to grab a pen and paper or type notes on your phone because this one is full of some mind-boggling information you’ll want to remember to share with your friends and loved ones.

Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are two of the most brilliant humans we’ve ever met.

We feel very fortunate to call them friends and soak up their brilliance. We’re honored to be able to share their work with you in today’s episode.

Before we get into that, we want to tell you about our upcoming virtual retreat. If you listened to our last episode with Dr. Loomis then you know all about this incredible event.

If this is your first time hearing about it, check out our website about this life-changing event which will occur from July 23rd to 26th. masteringdiabets.org/retreats

We really, really hope you make the investment in yourself and join us July 23-26th.

Making changes in your home environment is going to be a game-changer. Simply go to masteringdiabets.org/retreats to learn more.

In today’s episode, you will learn:

  • 11:42 Fun facts about how many neurons exist in the human brain and the true power of your brain
  • 16:10 What is type 3 diabetes
  • 21:38 Why do so many experts recommend a ketogenic diet as the optimal diet to prevent and reverse cognitive decline?
  • 28:52 Does fish improve your memory?
  • 34:08 Does a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet provide adequate EPH and DHA?
  • 35:45 How does exercise affect your brain health?
  • 42:42 How about sleep?
  • 47:57 How about stress?
  • 59:55 The show will conclude with some specific dietary recommendations for optimal brain health

We hope you love this show and learn a lot. Give us your feedback on social media.

Enjoy the show!

About Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai

Dr. Ayesha Sherzai is a neurologist and the co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University. She completed a dual training in Preventative Medicine and Vascular Neurology and is also a plant-based culinary artist.

Dr. Dean Sherzai, is an MD and MPH, and is the co-director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Program at Loma Linda University along with I-SHA. Dean trained in Neurology and completed fellowships in neurodegenerative diseases and dementia and is also in the final stages of earning a PhD.

Through research and their extensive medical backgrounds, they work to demystify the steps to achieving long-term brain health and the prevention of devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. They are the authors of The Alzheimer’s Solution which was released in September of 2017 and has been taking the Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia world by storm. All the profits of their book go to the Healthy Minds Initiative whose mission to better brain health through research, education, and mobilization of local communities.

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About the author 

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD and Robby Barbaro, MPH

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, and Robby Barbaro, MPH are the coauthors of the New York Times bestselling book Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetes, and Gestational Diabetes. They are the cofounders of Mastering Diabetes, a coaching platform that teaches people how to reverse insulin resistance via low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition. Cyrus has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002, and has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from UC Berkeley. Robby was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000, and has been living a plant-based lifestyle since 2006. He worked at Forks Over Knives for 6 years, and earned a Master’s in Public Health in 2019.