Low Glycemic Index Diet May Curb Autism Symptoms

Autistic-bred mice fed diets with a low glycemic index (fruits, vegetables and whole grains) saw a reduction in autistic behaviors.

Autism symptoms can be reduced in an animal model with low glycemic index diets, similar to those diabetics follow to control blood sugar levels, according to a new study.

The study by Salk Institute scientists found that the brains of mice fed diets with a high glycemic index accumulated more activated immune cells called microglia, along with signs of inflammation. The mice also exhibited more autistic type behaviors, such as impaired social interactions, and apparently purposeless activities.

Mice fed low glycemic index diets showed improved behavior.

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