The ketogenic diet: An effective therapy for seizure control

Eric H. Kossoff, John M. Freeman

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Created in 1921, the ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that creates a ketotic state and is used to reduce seizures. However, its primary mechanism of action remains a mystery. Although traditionally used for children with intractable epilepsy, it can also be used for infants, adolescents, and adults. Preliminary studies indicate that a modified Atkins diet may also reduce seizures. In this review, practical aspects of diet initiation, management, side effects, and discontinuation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-157
Number of pages9
JournalNutrition in Clinical Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005


  • Atkins diet
  • Children
  • Epilepsy
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Ketosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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