The ketogenic and Atkins diets: Recipes for seizure control

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Abstract

Created in 1921, the ketogenic diet is a medical therapy used for children with difficult-to-control epilepsy. After decades of relative disuse, it has re-emerged in the past decade worldwide both clinically and in research studies. This high-fat, moderate pro-tein, very low carbohydrate diet induces a ketotic state that theoretically leads to seizure reduction. Side effects may occur and include constipation, acidosis, kidney stones, dyslipidemia, and decreased growth. A modified Atkins diet may similarly lead to seizure reduction with less restrictiveness and is under investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-64
Number of pages12
JournalPractical Gastroenterology
Volume30
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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