Role of the Ketogenic Diet in treating Epilepsy

Epilepsy is one chronic disorder of the brain that is characterised by at least two unprovoked seizures, occurring more than 24 hours apart. An epileptic seizure refers to a transient occurrence of sign or the symptoms due to excessive, abnormal any synchronous electrical activity in a group of the neurons of the brain. There may or may not be loss of consciousness in a seizure.


Generally, there are three major types of seizures, namely, Generalised onset seizure that affect both sides of the brain at a similar time. Focal onset seizure that starts in one area or group of cells on the other side of the brain. There is An unknown Onset Seizure that can't be determined from the available information whether the seizure has started from one front or both sides at the beginning.


However, several Anti-epileptic Drugs that are available for treating Epilepsy. Most persons with Epilepsy are well controlled on one or two of these. Between 20-30% of persons with Epilepsy cannot be controlled with adequate dosages of appropriate anti-epileptics drugs.


Prolonged periods of fasting were some methods of ketogenic diets that were used to treat Epilepsy. Ketogenic Diet was first used in 1920, but 1940 saw the advent of antiepileptic drug that gave an easier and effective form of treatment that resulted in a decline of ketogenic cure.


Delicious keto recipes is a guide for caregivers, a book that has been published by doctors of AIIMS. It has been published to provide comprehensive patient care for persons with Epilepsy.


Easy dietary recipes are there in the book that can be made with Indian ingredients easily. In India, a sizeable proportion of the patients are vegetarian; the books contain Indianised recipe, soya products have been used for increased protein. Considerable decrease in coronary heart disease has also been noticed. Additional benefits, such as weight reduction have also been noticed.

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