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Ketogenic Diet Program


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A ketogenic diet a high-fat, adequate-protein, and very-low-carbohydrate diet which has been found to help many children whose seizures are not well-controlled by anti-seizure medications.

In some children, the ketogenic diet is combined with standard anticonvulsant medications.  While the actual mechanism of the ketogenic diet's effectiveness against seizures is unknown, many children on the diet are able to have their epilepsy medication dose lowered, decreasing unwanted medication side effects.

Because this is a medical treatment, the ketogenic diet must be supervised by a medical team, consisting of a neurologist and dietitian, who can anticipate and manage possible nutritional deficits or other medical side effects or complications. The team helps children and their families establish and maintain the diet, and learn how to incorporate the diet into daily living.

Children on the ketogenic diet are seen several times throughout the year in the Ketogenic Diet Clinic for close monitoring, while they continue to follow with their primary neurologist for potential medication changes.

In addition, the Ketogenic Diet Program also implements the Modified Atkins Diet and Low-Glycemic Index Therapy, other dietary therapies for which there is increasing data about benefit in the treatment of difficult-to-treat epilepsy.

Conditions treated by the Ketogenic Diet Team include:
Epilepsy such as Myoclonic Astatic Epilepsy and other epilepsies
• Glucose transporter type-1 deficiency
• Lennox Gastaut syndrome
• Pyruvate dehydrogenase deficienc
• Dravet syndrome

 

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