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Epilepsy Services: Dietary Treatment

UW Health's comprehensive epilepsy program at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, offers state-of-the-art care for patients with epilepsy or those suspected of having seizures.

 

Epilepsy Dietary Services

 

Dietary treatment for epilepsy can be effective because of the changes it can have on metabolism, known as ketosis. Diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates compels the body to produce ketones, which have been linked with a decrease in seizure activity in some children.
 
Ketogenic Diet
 
The ketogenic diet is a strict, very high fat, low carbohydrate diet that is used to treat epilepsy. The diet removes foods such as dessert, bread, cereal, pasta and milk.  Every food to be eaten is measured out on a gram scale and every meal must be totally eaten for the diet to work the best.
 
Limitations of at Ketogenic Diet
  • A child's intolerance of such a limited diet
  • Potential for kidney stones, problems with natural growth and metabolic disorders