Study Description: This research project seeks to examine the effects of exogenous ketones in adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Specific measurements to be analyzed will include: 1.) physical stress response, 2.) personal grit, 3.) gut and immune health, 4.) circulating systemic inflammation and endocrine hormone levels, 5) serum triglyceride and cholesterol levels, and 6.) cognitive performance related to short-term memory, attention span, and reaction time. Measure of the aforementioned variables will be recorded pre- and post-intervention of a 6-week ketogenic diet or exogenous ketone supplementation. Pre- and post- intervention results will be compared to determine the efficacy of the ketogenic diet on the various emotional, cognitive, and physiological health parameters in individuals with PTSD.
Principal Investigator: Angelia Holland
Eligibility Criteria: Males and Females Diagnosed with PTSD Not taking cardiovascular related medications during the study If on mental related medication, must maintain consistent usage and dosage throughout the study Not a chronic smoker 21-60 years old
Compensation: Yes, subjects will be compensated.
Compensation Explanation: Participants will receive a compensation of $50 half way through at the completion of the 3rd lab visit and $50 at the completion of the last lab visits. This will compensate participants for 2 primary laboratory visits, 5 short check-in lab visits, and 6 weeks of partaking in a dietary intervention.
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