The ketogenic diet is a rediscovered treatment for difficult-to-control seizures in children. It may be a useful therapy in adults as well. When properly ordered and fine-tuned, it seems to result in more than a 50% reduction of seizures in those who have failed to respond to many medications. At present, the diet may be considered for children who have failed to respond to two medications. It need not wait until all medications have failed. Ongoing laboratory research may enable us to determine how this shift in the source of energy to the brain is so effective in controlling seizures and may allow us to develop new understandings about seizures and epilepsy and their treatment.
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- Clinical Neurology