Understanding the Ketogenic Diet


Susan Fishman

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If you or someone you love is living with epilepsy, you’ve probably heard about a special diet that is sometimes used to help control seizures. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that helps to reduce or prevent seizures in some people with epilepsy, often for those whose seizures cannot be controlled by medication and/or surgery.

The ketogenic diet is often associated with children. But recent studies suggest that the diet is not only effective in children, but it can be used for adults, as well.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures—but it can affect everyone in different ways. Do you know the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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