Efficacy of the Atkins diet as therapy for intractable epilepsy

Eric H. Kossoff, Gregory L. Krauss, Jane R. McGrogan, John M. Freeman

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The ketogenic diet is effective for treating seizures in children with epilepsy. The Atkins diet can also induce a ketotic state, but has fewer protein and caloric restrictions, and has been used safely by millions of people worldwide for weight reduction. Six patients, aged 7 to 52 years, were started on the Atkins diet for the treatment of intractable focal and multifocal epilepsy. Five patients maintained moderate to large ketosis for periods of 6 weeks to 24 months; three patients had seizure reduction and were able to reduce antiepileptic medications. This provides preliminary evidence that the Atkins diet may have a role as therapy for patients with medically resistant epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1789-1791
Number of pages3
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 23 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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