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How does the ketogenic diet for epilepsy work?

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Even though it's been around for about a hundred years, we still don't know. Many experts believed it had to do with a process called ketosis. That's where the diet's name comes from. Ketosis happens when your body runs out of carbohydrates to burn for energy and burns fat instead.

But now many experts aren't sure if ketosis has anything to do with why the diet works. It may be related to some other effect we don't understand.

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Ketogenic Diet."

UpToDate: "The ketogenic diet and other dietary therapies for the treatment of epilepsy."

The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies: "Classic Ketogenic and Modified Ketogenic."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Epilepsy Center: Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): "Ketogenic Diet."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Ketogenic Diet."

UpToDate: "The ketogenic diet and other dietary therapies for the treatment of epilepsy."

The Charlie Foundation for Ketogenic Therapies: "Classic Ketogenic and Modified Ketogenic."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Epilepsy Center: Ketogenic Diet."

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): "Ketogenic Diet."

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

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