Originally Posted By: Mr Doof
why would cells deprived of glucose be good for epileptics or cancer patients?

I think the process involved in the keto diet produces metabolites that interrupts the chemical pathway(s) that trigger seizures.

Don't know if this is true, just me thinking aloud.

That could make sense too. The possibilities there could include repression or enhancement of signaling cascades.

Repression could include producing metabolites that interrupt chemical signaling or depriving the cell or metabolites the would normally induce signaling.

Enhancement of signaling could include producing more of a metabolite that could enhance signaling or producing more of a metabolite that would outcompete a repressor ligand, thereby increasing signaling.

Again, I'm hypothesizing. I'd have to research it.

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