Dietary therapy is now a recognised treatment for epilepsy in children and adults and is offered by many specialists and epilepsy clinics. Often for people whose seizures are difficult to control and surgery is not an option, one the following diets can assist in managing their seizures. These therapies are usually used in conjunction with seizure medications.
The Ketogenic Diet is a high fat, low protein and low carbohydrate diet used as a treatment for epilepsy in children. The Modified Atkins Diet is a special high fat diet that is used for difficult to treat seizures in children and adults. It is less restrictive than the Ketogenic diet. Some more information on these dietary therapies can be found on the following pages.
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