Navigation Links
Special Diet Can Ease Epileptic Seizures in Kids
Date:5/3/2008

Strong support for ketogenic regimen from major randomized trial

FRIDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- The "ketogenic" diet, which features high levels of fat, low levels of carbohydrates and controlled protein intake, helps control and prevent seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy, a new study finds.

The trial is the first randomized controlled study to confirm that the ketogenic diet -- widely used since the 1920s -- is effective against epilepsy, the British researchers said.

Experts believe that the regimen's high fat and restricted carbohydrate content mimics the biochemical response to starvation, when compounds called ketone bodies (rather than sugar) provide the main source of energy for the brain.

Ketone bodies are byproducts produced when fatty acids are broken down for energy in the liver and kidneys. They are used as energy sources in the heart and brain. In the brain, ketone bodies are a crucial source of energy when a person fasts.

This University College London study included 145 children, aged 2 to 16, who suffered seizures at least once a day or more than seven seizures per week. These patients hadn't responded to treatment with at least two epileptic drugs, and hadn't previously been placed on the ketogenic diet.

Baseline information about the children's seizures was first recorded. Seventy-three of the children started the ketogenic diet immediately, while the other 72 started it after a three-month delay. The delay group acted as a control group during the study. Complete data was obtained from 54 children in the diet group and 49 children in the control group.

The overall number of seizures in the diet group declined by more than 38 percent, while seizures in the control group increased by 36.9 percent, the researchers report. The study found that 28 of the 54 children who completed three months in the diet group had a greater than 50 percent reduction in seizures, compared to four of 49 children in the control group. Five children in the diet group had more than 90 percent fewer seizures. None of the children in the control group experienced that kind of improvement.

The study appears in the current online edition of The Lancet Neurology and will appear in the June print issue.

"We have shown that the diet has efficacy and should be included in the management of children who have drug-resistant epilepsy. However, the diet is not without possible side effects, which should be considered alongside the risk-benefit of other treatments when planning the management of such children," the study authors wrote.

More information is needed about the long-term effects of the ketogenic diet, such as changes in blood fat concentrations and ketosis, Dr. Max Wiznitzer, of Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, wrote in an accompanying comment article.

"Better identification of epilepsies that benefit from starting early on the ketogenic diet and comparisons between the choices of ketogenic diet are needed," he wrote.

More information

The Epilepsy Foundation has more about the ketogenic diet.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Lancet Neurology, news release, May 2, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Jefferson specialists studying innovative surgery for effectively treating sleep apnea
2. Manor Care, Inc. Announces Record Date for Special Stockholder Meeting
3. Physician Skin Care Specialist Says Proposed New Rules for Sunscreen Products Will Better Protect the Public
4. Symmetry Medical Completes Acquisition Of Specialty Surgical Instruments
5. MedHelp to Add Top Stanford Surgeons and Specialized Forums to Online Health Community
6. Mercedes-Benz Special Edition C350 Sport Sedan to Raise $1 Million for Saks Fifth Avenues KEY TO THE CURE
7. Kyphon Announces Special Meeting Date to Vote on Proposed Medtronic Merger
8. Uninsured community health center patients often have difficulty accessing specialty services
9. Especially Yours and Paula Young Team up with Diahann Carroll and Jaclyn Smith in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
10. Hologic Sets Special Meeting of Stockholders to Vote on Proposed Merger with Cytyc Corporation
11. Inspiring Authors Tell Inspirational Stories: Special Writers Find Accepting Home at Lulu.com
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Special Diet Can Ease Epileptic Seizures in Kids
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Washington Wellness Center today announced its tenth anniversary of providing ... started out as an idea to provide a holistic approach to wellness has now ... by Dr. David Swanekamp, Chiropractic Physician , the wellness center offers a complete ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Dr. Elyson and Dr. Assili, dentist in Northridge , ... tooth removal, a common dental procedure, is performed for many adolescents and young adults ... in risks of complications. By providing wisdom tooth removal surgery at their office, Dr. ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Recognizing that lifestyle medicine is essential to health ... have tapped David Katz, MD, MPH, president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, ... medicine is especially gratifying,” said Katz. “There is so much opportunity to add years ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... , ... May 04, 2016 , ... ... the pharmacy industry, today announced that it was chosen as the Pharmaceutical News ... Industry Awards . The awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication of community ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... May 04, 2016 , ... Advanced Spine & Sport Medical ... its patients’ health, is hosting a free seminar on stem cell injections. The seminar ... Advanced Spine & Sport, 4601 Telephone Road, Suite 110, Ventura, CA. There are only ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... COUNTY, Calif. , May 3, 2016  While you may be familiar with watching a ... resolution , also known as ultra-high-definition or 8MP in the Medical Industry.  Ampronix  is a ... manufacturer of innovative technology. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160502/362730 ... ... ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... Calif. , May 3, 2016  Specialty ... teaching tool that shows how a cleanroom works. ... classroom discussions about science and technology. ... said, "As a technology company, SSF enthusiastically supports ... to help educators foster the next generation of ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , May 2, 2016 Kalorama Information ... (Electronic Medical Records) market in a recent white paper.  ... switches, Increased physician usage, a growing market are among ... noted in Kalorama,s report EMR 2016: The ... marks Kalorama,s seventh complete study of the EMR industry, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: