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Epilepsy: Is The Ketogenic Diet Effective?

Approximately 600,000 people suffer from epilepsy in France. Among them, 80,000 to 90,000 children. On the occasion of the international day of epilepsy, what about the ketogenic diet, rich in fats? The ketogenic diet is based on a daily fat intake of about 90%, protein 8% and carbohydrate 2%. It is recommended for children whose epileptic seizures do not respond to conventional treatments, when anticonvulsants cause excessive side effects, or when surgery is not feasible.

A diet that sets up in the hospital

Very restrictive, the establishment of the ketogenic diet (Keto ultra diet review) requires hospitalization of a few days of the child. Subsequently, regular monitoring (weight, height, electroencephalogram, urine and blood tests…) remains essential.

Fewer side effects

The ketogenic diet is, in itself, not new. As early as 1925, Dr. MyniePeterman demonstrated that, like fasting, this diet reduces or suppresses seizures in children with epilepsy, says the doctor.

More recently, in the 1990s, Dr. Kossoff and Dr. Freeman noted that children had fewer side effects by following the ketogenic diet than taking epileptic drugs. Their academic achievements were notably better. These observations led to a renewed interest in ketogenic diets to treat children and adults with epilepsy,  says Dr. Michèle Serrand.

A typical day for a 4 year old epileptic child

In his book, Dr. Michèle Serrand proposes for a 4-year-old epileptic child the following typical day:

  • Breakfast: 30 g of ketocal (dietary food powder, high in fat).
  • Lunch: 20 g of chicken + 155 g of green beans + 20 g of butter + 10 ml of oil.
  • Taste: 65 g of 30% cream + 25 g of 40% white cheese + vanilla pod.
  • Dinner: 60 g of tomato + 10 ml of oil + 250 g of spinach + 15 g of butter + 15 g of cheese + 20 g of 30% cream + 10 g of fruit compote without added sugar.

Good results

Half of the children who follow this diet see their seizures clearly decrease, and 15% of them see them disappear even.

Where to go?

The ketogenic diet/Keto ultra diet must absolutely be put in place by a doctor. In France, Dr. Michèle Serrand recommends: the neuropediatrie service of the Hautepierre University Hospital in Strasbourg, and the reference center for inherited diseases of metabolism and energetic diseases at the Necker-Enfants Malades hospital in Paris.

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