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Ketogenic Diet and Epilepsy
- Oct 14, 2019 -

As a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet, Ketogenic diet is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children.

Usually, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted to glucose and then transported around the body, which is especially important in promoting brain function. However, if there is a little residual carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Ketone bodies enter the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. Elevated levels of ketones in the blood, a condition known as ketosis, cause a decrease in the frequency of seizures.


As early as 1920, the classic ketogenic diet was developed and widely used to treat epilepsy in children. This classic ketogenic diet contains a weight ratio of fat to protein and carbohydrate of 4:1. This is achieved by excluding high-carbohydrate foods (such as starchy fruits and vegetables, bread, pasta, cereals, and sugar) while increasing the consumption of high-fat foods such as nuts, butter and butter.

In 1994, the son of Jim Abrahams, the Hollywood filmmaker, suffered from severe epilepsy, and he founded the Charlie Ketone Therapy Foundation to further promote diet therapy. The current therapeutic use of the ketogenic diet has been studied for many other neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, brain cancer, headache, and neurological trauma. , pain, Parkinson's disease, and sleep disorders.

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