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Can Diet Affect Seizure Frequency in Epileptics?

Epileptic seizures can be terrifying. With nearly 150,000 Americans diagnosed with this scary central nervous system disorder every year, it’s promising to know that medical professionals are continuing to search for new and innovative ways to treat these episodes. Thousands of those with seizure disorders are unaffected by the current treatment options and in need of a new alternative.

When it comes to our health, medical professionals often recommend changing up our diet in order to feel better. But did you know that diet changes may decrease the number of seizures you experience? For example, refined carbohydrate foods such as pizza, pasta, rice, and white bread can raise blood glucose levels and increase your chances of a seizure. However, there is new information out now that sheds light on how the Ketogenic Diet could possibly provide those suffering from epilepsy with some seizure-relief.

The Ketogenic Diet is a special high-fat, low carbohydrate diet that provides 3 to 4 grams of fat for every 1 gram of carbohydrate and protein. This diet may be recommended by a doctor for children that have not found any relief with the seizure medications they have tried, but there is also evidence that this diet is beneficial to adults suffering from epilepsy as well. Several studies have shown that over half of the children who go on the Ketogenic Diet see a 50% decrease in the number of seizures,with10%-15% reporting to be seizure free. Here is a link for more information on the Ketogenic Diet and its overall effectiveness in treating epileptic seizures: http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/dietary-therapies/ketogenic-diet

If you’ve tried everything else and are still dealing with episode after terrifying episode, this diet may be a solution for you!

Northwest Florida Clinical Research Group is currently seeking participants for a new epilepsy research study! CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

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