A series of upcoming studies will explore whether the grind of active-duty military life and veterans’ disproportionately high incidence of chronic illness could be tamed by lifestyle interventions designed to achieve a metabolic state of nutritional ketosis.
This work, led by Ohio State University exercise science i biomedical researchers, is funded by a $10 million grant from a U.S. Department of Defense program focused on improving the health of military service members, veterans and the American public.
“Many Americans, including a significant number of military service members – and especially veterans – are suffering from poor metabolic health,” said principal investigator Jeff Volek, professor of human sciences at Ohio State. “Despite billions of dollars in investments by the private and public sectors, traditional drug and lifestyle treatments have had limited success in curtailing the complications attributed to poor metabolic health, which include disrupted sleep, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart failure and chronic kidney disease.
“We expect that whatever we find here will have huge relevance across the board both within and outside the military.”
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