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Can Your Diet Reduce Epileptic Fits?

Posted Nov 21 2008 4:32pm

For those who suffer from epilepsy (or have a family member who suffers) the condition can literally change a person life forever. There are many task which are difficult and work positions which are out of bounds due to the chance of taking a seizure, but is there a way to control the condition? Does your diet have a major role to play?

Scientists have found that epileptic children can benefit from a high-fat diet which seems to alter the body’s metabolism and bring on similar conditions to that of starvation. While scientists are not exactly sure how the so called “ketogenic” diet actually works, it seems that the ketones which are produced by the body, when fat is broken down, have been shown to counter-act the condition,

The research centred around 146 children who suffered regular epileptic fits although by using the high-fat diet the number of fits fell by two thirds. This is something of a major breakthrough and while it may not be healthy to place an epileptic on a high-fat diet for life, the fact that scientists are nearing the reasons why it works can be used in the future. There are many who are now hopeful that by clarifying the process, which has an almost immediate impact, doctors may be able to produce a medicine which will alleviate the need for a high-fat diet.

Epilepsy is one of those illnesses which has been around for many years but seems to have fallen off the medical radar with very little change in treatments over the last 20 years. While is it very much early days for this new treatment it seems that this could potentially be one of the biggest breakthroughs in pursuit of a useful medication. As the number of epileptic sufferers continues to grow, the need for further assistance is growing each year.

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Author:
Richard
Time:
Friday, May 2nd, 2008 at 5:48 am
Category:
Medical Conditions
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