Epilepsy Treatment: Natural Way to Treat Epilepsy? Benefits of Low Carbohydrate Diet

Epilepsy Treatment: 
Natural Way to Treat Epilepsy?
The below was not published in a great journal, but it does suggest that a low carbohydrate diet may be a natural way to control epilepsy in some patients. There appears thus far very low risk to changing to a low carbohydrate diet for most patients.
Sandra Lora Cremers, MD, FACS
Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2016 Oct;74(10):842-848. doi: 10.1590/0004-282X20160116.

Ketogenic diet for epilepsy treatment.


The ketogenic diet (KD), a high-fat, low-carbohydrate, and adequate-protein diet is an established, effective nonpharmacologic treatment option for intractable childhood epilepsy. The KD was developed in 1921 and even though it has been increasingly used worldwide in the past decade, many neurologists are not familiar with this therapeutic approach. In the past few years, alternative and more flexible KD variants have been developed to make the treatment easier and more palatable while reducing side effects and making it available to larger group of refractory epilepsy patients. This review summarizes the history of the KD and the principles and efficacy of the classic ketogenic diet, medium-chain triglyceride(s) (MCT) ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diet, and low glycemic indextreatment.

Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria (ARQ NEURO-PSIQUIAT)

Publisher: Academia Brasileira de Neurologia

Journal description

Publication of the Academia Brasileira de Neurologia – ABNEURO. Mission: To publish the results of clinical and experimental researches in neurology and related areas.

Journal Impact: 0.71*

*This value is calculated using ResearchGate data and is based on average citation counts from work published in this journal. The data used in the calculation may not be exhaustive.

Journal impact history

2016 Journal impact Available summer 2017
2015 Journal impact 0.71
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