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Can diet help Lennox-Gastaut syndrome?

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The ketogenic diet helps some people with epilepsy, including some children with LGS. It's a high-fat, low-protein, low-carb diet. It has to be started in a specific way and followed very strictly, so you need a doctor's supervision. Some studies show that children with epilepsy who stay on the diet have a better chance of reducing their seizures or their medications.

A modified Atkins diet may work, too. You don't have to restrict calories, protein, or fluids. Also, you don't weigh or measure foods. Instead, you watch carbs.

People with seizures that are hard to treat have also tried a low glycemic index diet. It focuses on the type of carbs, as well as the amount.

From: Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 12/15/2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Information."

LGS Foundation: "About Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," "Diets for Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," “Medical Marijuana," "VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulator).”

NYU Langone Center: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," "Corpus Callosotomy."

Epilepsy Action: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome."

The Hospital for Sick Children: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome."

FDA.

Henderson, C. , March 2006. Journal of Child Neurology

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Information."

LGS Foundation: "About Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," "Diets for Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," “Medical Marijuana," "VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulator).”

NYU Langone Center: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," "Corpus Callosotomy."

Epilepsy Action: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome."

The Hospital for Sick Children: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome."

FDA.

Henderson, C. , March 2006. Journal of Child Neurology

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

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