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Efficacy of dietary treatments for epilepsy

Neal , E.G. ; Cross , J.H.

Journal of human nutrition and dietetics, 2010, Vol.23(2), pp.113-119 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Efficacy of dietary treatments for epilepsy
  • Author: Neal , E.G. ; Cross , J.H.
  • Subjects: High Fat Diet ; Epilepsy ; Ketone Bodies ; Glycemic Index ; Clinical Nutrition ; Human Diseases ; Medium Chain Triacylglycerols ; Diet Therapy ; Dietary Fat ; Low Carbohydrate Diet ; Randomized Clinical Trials ; Literature Reviews ; Modified Atkins Diet ; Ketogenic Diet ; Low Glycemic Index Diet
  • Is Part Of: Journal of human nutrition and dietetics, 2010, Vol.23(2), pp.113-119
  • Description: The ketogenic diet (KD) is a high fat, restricted carbohydrate regime that has been used as a treatment for seizures since the 1920s, when it was designed to induce a similar metabolic response to fasting. A modification of this early classical version of the KD was introduced in the 1970s using medium chain triglycerides as an alternative fat source. More recently, two alternative, less-restrictive dietary treatments have been developed: the modified Atkins diet and the low glycaemic index diet. There are many case reports and observational studies reporting successful use of the KD, and a growing number of studies reporting similar success with the modified Atkins protocol. A recent randomised controlled trial has shown a significant benefit of the KD compared to no change in treatment. The use of these dietary therapies in the UK is supported by literature evidence, although often is limited by a lack of resources; increasing awareness and knowledge is fundamental to ensure availability for those individuals with intractable epilepsy who may benefit from them. ; Includes references ; p. 113-119.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0952-3871

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