Dietary treatments for epilepsy have been around for over a hundred years.
There are a number of similar ketogenic diets that are used, but all are based on the same principle of using a controlled diet to enable the body to produce ketones – a chemical that reduces seizures.
The principles of the ketogenic diet are:
- High fat
- Low carbohydrate
- Controlled protein
This diet is not effective for everyone, but for some it may result in an improvement in seizures, with fewer side effects than other treatments.
Any dietary treatments for epilepsy should only be used under the supervision of a consultant and specialist dietician.