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A 31-year-old female asked:

how/why does a ketogenic diet help in epilepsy? (what happens in the body and brain?)

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Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 33 years experience
See below: The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling bra.

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Last updated Jun 11, 2018

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