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Can a ketogenic diet help with treating refractory epilepsy?

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The ketogenic diet helps some people with epilepsy. It's a high-fat, low-protein, low-carb diet. You have to start it in a specific way and follow it strictly, so you need a doctor's supervision.

Your doctor will watch closely to see whether or when you can lower any of your medication levels. Because the diet is so specific, you may need to take vitamin or mineral supplements.

Doctors aren't sure why the ketogenic diet works, but some studies show that children with epilepsy who stay on the diet have a better chance of reducing their seizures or their medications.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Neurology.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Refractory Epilepsy."

Merck Manual Home Edition : "Seizure Disorders."

Stanford Epilepsy Center: "What Causes Epilepsy?"

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Intractable Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What Is a Seizure?" "Refractory Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Action: "Epilepsy Seizures Explained," "Some Common Seizure Triggers."

University of Pittsburgh: "Adult Epilepsy Surgical Options," “Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders," “Responsive Neurostimulation.”

Neuromodulation : “Deep Brain Stimulation.”

International Neuromodulation Society: “Neuromodulation: Closed-Loop Stimulation for Epilepsy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Study: Continuous electrical brain stimulation helps patients with epilepsy.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Neurology.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Refractory Epilepsy."

Merck Manual Home Edition : "Seizure Disorders."

Stanford Epilepsy Center: "What Causes Epilepsy?"

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Intractable Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "What Is a Seizure?" "Refractory Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Action: "Epilepsy Seizures Explained," "Some Common Seizure Triggers."

University of Pittsburgh: "Adult Epilepsy Surgical Options," “Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders," “Responsive Neurostimulation.”

Neuromodulation : “Deep Brain Stimulation.”

International Neuromodulation Society: “Neuromodulation: Closed-Loop Stimulation for Epilepsy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Study: Continuous electrical brain stimulation helps patients with epilepsy.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

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