Worldwide dietary therapies for adults with epilepsy and other disorders

Mackenzie C. Cervenka, Bobbie Henry, Janak Nathan, Susan Wood, Jeff S. Volek

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During the 3rd International Symposium on Dietary Therapies held in Chicago, Illinois, there was a first-ever, half-day session devoted to the management of adults with epilepsy and other disorders with dietary treatments. Speakers from 3 different continents shared their successes, challenges, and future directions in their management of these patients. Diets used to treat adults included the classic ketogenic diet, the modified Atkins diet, and a low glycemic index treatment. The utility of dietary therapies was demonstrated not only in patients with epilepsy but also patients with propriospinal myoclonus, astrocytoma, type 2 diabetes, obesity, hyperlipidemia, and metabolic disorder. The session provided evidence that dietary therapies are safe and effective in adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1034-1040
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of child neurology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013


  • Atkins
  • adult
  • epilepsy
  • ketogenic diet
  • seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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