New research published on the online HIV resource TheBodyPro.com found that a low carb diet may actually be very beneficial for older people living with HIV. You see, keto may be trending, but it isn’t new. Doctors have been using it for years to treat for certain types of epilepsy and is now being studied in other conditions that involve inflammation, like diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. And new research presented at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) conference in Denver suggests that the keto diet may be beneficial for older people living with HIV who experience cognitive decline (supported by similar findings among older HIV-negative adults).
Though researchers haven’t been able to pinpoint why older people living with HIV are likely to experience more severe cognitive impairment than their HIV-negative counterparts, they do feel it may have something to do with the body's inflammatory response to the virus.