Dietary treatments for epilepsy

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.

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NB Young Epilepsy are currently reviewing our information portfolio which will be updated in October 2023.

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