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Can a ketogenic diet prevent heart failure?

Islamabad (State Observer): A high fat, low carb diet reversed heart failure in a mouse model of the condition. A 24-hour fast also led to improvements, mimicking the physiological effects of the diet.
In people with heart failure, the muscle on the right or left side of the heart or on both sides weakens. This impairment limits the organ’s ability to pump blood around the body, causing fatigue and shortness of breath, among other symptoms.
The leading causes are high blood pressure, diabetes, and ischemic heart disease, in which the heart muscle becomes starved of oxygen.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute estimate that about 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure.
There is currently no cure, but medications and lifestyle changes can improve people’s quality of life and increase their lifespan.
Healthy heart muscle can draw upon a variety of chemical energy sources, depending on the circumstances. One of these is a molecule called pyruvate, which the body generates during the breakdown of the sugar glucose.

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