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Is following a ketogenic diet as effective as surgery for epilepsy?

Is following a ketogenic diet as effective as surgery for epilepsy?

Diet vs surgery: The ketogenic diet and surgery are two approaches to reduce or control seizures. Surgery is directed at localized areas of brain from which seizures are triggered. The ketogenic diet is most often used for medication resistent seizures that are generalized forms of epilepsy or seizure syndromes. They are not usuallly interchangeable. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is it safe for an adult use ketogenic diet for treating epilepsy?

Is it safe for an adult use ketogenic diet for treating epilepsy?

Not useful: Although children with difficult to control epilepsies do respond, most adults do not. Furthermore the diet is rather tough to tolerate in adults, as it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and could cause chemical imbalances and cardiovascular problems. Best to avoid. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is the ketogenic diet the only one for people who have epilepsy?

Is the ketogenic diet the only one for people who have epilepsy?

Best for kids: Ketogenic diet was first introduced in childhood epilepsy, and seemed to work well in kids who failed to respond to medications. No real reason why it could not work in adults, other than nasty gastrointestinal side effects. Of interest, this concept is being employed to assist thinking in patients with alzheimer's, using a triglyceride to induce ketone bodies which can fuel brain cells (axona). ...Read more

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Does anyone have experience with the ketogenic diet for epilepsy? If so do medications become more potent on the diet?

Does anyone have experience with the ketogenic diet for epilepsy? If so do medications become more potent on the diet?

No: Ketogenic diet was introduced long before current antiepiletic drugs became available. Ketogenic diet works well for some individuals with intractable epilepsy allowing tapering down the AED they have been on. ...Read more

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Will following a ketogenic diet while breastfeeding adversely affect my 8 month old daughter? She is a good eater and eats a variety of solids.

Will following a ketogenic diet while breastfeeding adversely affect my 8 month old daughter?  She is a good eater and eats a variety of solids.

Constant ketosis: In light of the fact that your infant "is a good eater and eats a variety of solids", breast feeding her while on the ketogenic diet probably will not harm the baby. However, it may have detrimental effects on your health and energy levels. Our body needs carbs to perform normal day functions. Importance of a well balanced diet cannot be overemphasized. ...Read more

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How can I lose weight by the ketogenic diet?

How can I lose weight by the ketogenic diet?

First...: You should be high wiasted and carry weight on the middle for optimal results. Initially keep carb intake below 40g per day. You should become ketogenic. You will notice once weight loss occurs, your lipids will improve almost immediately! it is not a diet: it is a lifestyle! it prevents metabolic syndrome or corrects it, if strictly adhered to. ...Read more

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How dangerous is the ketogenic diet for the type 2 diabetic?

How dangerous is the ketogenic diet for the type 2 diabetic?

Not dangerous: People get 'ketosis' mixed up with 'keto-acidosis'. Ketosis is the process of burning fat for energy instead of sugar or muscle. This is definitely a GOOD thing for type 2 diabetics. Keto-acidosis is a very dangerous condition that occurs in type 1 diabetics when they are not taking in enough insulin. I have had MANY diabetic 2 patients do with with ketogenic eating plans (sensible) ...Read more

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Is a ketogenic diet able to turn around ckd?

Is a ketogenic diet able to turn around ckd?

Kidney Quandary: Unfortunately, the answer is no. One of the problems in chronic kidney disease is the inability to handle metabolic stress in the system. If you preferentially burn fat at the cost of little or no carbohydrate intake, you create ketones as a by-product of metabolism. This can cause significant stress on the liver and kidneys and it won't turn around ckd but may in fact make it worse. ...Read more

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Low fat low carb ketogenic diet for person with high bilirubin?

Let's talk: If your only finding on chemical profile is a consistently high indirect bilirubin and you feel fine, you almost certainly have gilbert's and this is a non-problem that you should not try to address. If consistently high indirect, dubin-johnson is likely, same advice. If you have high bilirubin from an identified or unidentified illness, get with your physician before you try this diet. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more