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Chloe’s story

 “Chloe began suffering from seizures at the age of 3. Seeing our little girl suddenly suffering was terrible. She wasn’t our Chloe, she looked different, she was hitting her head and falling. She ended up in ICU for over 5 weeks, on a cocktail of drugs.

At the time, we were recommended the ketogenic diet. The doctors weren’t expecting such a turnaround. Chloe has now been on the diet for 3 years and has been seizure-free ever since and it has exceeded all our expectations.”

“Chloe was gone for a while – but now she’s back and she’s brilliant!”

Chloe’s mum - UK
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What is the role of the ketogenic diet?

Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder, with the World Health Organization estimating prevalence at around 1% of the global population¹. For almost a century, the ketogenic diet has been used for the management of drug resistant epilepsy. Although the diet was a preferred option in the management of epilepsy until the 1920s, its use declined after the introduction of anti-epileptic drugs. The recognition that the ketogenic diet is a valid option for difficult-to-treat epilepsy, has led to a renewed interest since the 1990s.

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How does the ketogenic diet work?

Most patients with epilepsy respond well to anti-epileptic medication2. For the 30-40% of patients who do not respond3, the ketogenic diet may be recommended. Although its' mechanism is not yet fully understood, the ketogenic diet can offer an effective way to reduce the number of seizures or even lead to patients being seizure free4-8.

The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low-carbohydrate diet, which ensures adequate protein for growth. 

By simulating the metabolism of fasting, a patient on the ketogenic diet will start to derive their energy mainly by burning the fat in the diet, rather than the more common energy source, glucose9. There are several types of ketogenic diet, for example the frequently prescribed 'Classical Ketogenic Diet' and also the 'Medium-Chain-Triglyceride Diet'; the efficacy in seizure reduction of both has been well proven in clinical trials5,7,8.

In recent years, doctors have started to consider the diet as an effective intervention that is considered earlier on in the management of drug resistant epilepsy9.

Quality of life in refractory epilepsy

Parents report on different epilepsy treatment options available to them, specifically on anti-epileptic-drugs (AEDs) and ketogenic diet therapy (KDT) and their impact on the family’s quality of life. A survey with 52 families of children with drug resistant epilepsy living in the UK was conducted in 2018 to explore parent perspectives. 

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Congresses

There is a significant amount of evidence that shows seizure reduction in approximately half of children on the ketogenic diet.

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Future-based research

Today, research on the ketogenic diet is being published at a rate never seen before.

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Ketogenic diet for drug resistant epilepsy

For approximately one-third of patients, anti-epileptic drugs do not offer adequate seizure control or have major side effects [3].