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Does ketogenic diet work to treat epilepsy?

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Normally, your body uses carbs for energy. The ketogenic diet is high in fat and low in carbs, so it forces your body to burn fat for energy instead of carbs. Ketones are substances your body makes when it breaks down fat for energy.

The ketogenic diet has been used to treat epilepsy for nearly 100 years. Studies show it helps prevent seizures in children whose epilepsy isn't well-controlled with medicine. This diet might also help adults with epilepsy, but more research is needed. The main side effect is stomach upset.

SOURCES:

Advanced Biomedical Research : "Effects of Vitamin E on seizure frequency, electroencephalogram findings, and oxidative stress status of refractory epileptic patients."

Barr, William B. . Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy

Better Health Channel: "Epilepsy and exercise."

Cochrane : "Epilepsy," "Vitamins for Epilepsy."

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Acupuncture for epilepsy," "Ketogenic diet and other dietary treatments for epilepsy," "Vitamins for epilepsy," "Yoga for epilepsy."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology : "Targeted treatment in childhood epilepsy syndromes."

Epilepsy Action: "Complementary Treatments," "The Mozart Effect."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Herbal Therapy," "Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Society: "Music and Epilepsy."

Mayo Clinic: "Epilepsy: Treatment," "Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Acupuncture: In Depth."

Neurology : "Mindfulness-based therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy."

Neurotherapeutics : "Botanicals and herbs: A traditional approach to treating epilepsy."

Seizure: Epilepsy and physical exercise."

UC Health: "Stress and Epilepsy."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

SOURCES:

Advanced Biomedical Research : "Effects of Vitamin E on seizure frequency, electroencephalogram findings, and oxidative stress status of refractory epileptic patients."

Barr, William B. . Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Epilepsy

Better Health Channel: "Epilepsy and exercise."

Cochrane : "Epilepsy," "Vitamins for Epilepsy."

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Acupuncture for epilepsy," "Ketogenic diet and other dietary treatments for epilepsy," "Vitamins for epilepsy," "Yoga for epilepsy."

Current Treatment Options in Neurology : "Targeted treatment in childhood epilepsy syndromes."

Epilepsy Action: "Complementary Treatments," "The Mozart Effect."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Herbal Therapy," "Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Society: "Music and Epilepsy."

Mayo Clinic: "Epilepsy: Treatment," "Exercise and stress: Get moving to manage stress."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Acupuncture: In Depth."

Neurology : "Mindfulness-based therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy."

Neurotherapeutics : "Botanicals and herbs: A traditional approach to treating epilepsy."

Seizure: Epilepsy and physical exercise."

UC Health: "Stress and Epilepsy."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on April 08, 2019

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