DIET AND SEIZURES
ANCHOR LEAD: EATING A SPECIAL DIET HELPS CONTROL EPILEPTIC SEIZURES IN ADULTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Some children with epilepsy uncontrollable by medications have gotten relief using a diet called ‘ketogenic.’ That’s a diet very high in protein and fat, and almost totally lacking in carbs, that most of us would consider a prescription for a heart attack. Now a modification of that diet has proven helpful in adults with uncontrollable epileptic seizures. Eric Kossoff, an epilepsy expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.
KOSSOFF: Traditionally adults are not offered the ketogenic diet because of how restrictive it is so we thought maybe the Adkins diet would give us an option. It’s something adults already know about, its in the news, it does not require weighing and measuring of foods, which is good for an adult, they can eat all the protein they want and the calories they want if they’re hungry. The study came out just recently, it was a two year study, we looked at 30 adults. The results were very good, patients did well, at one month and also at three months about half of those who were on the diet had about half their seizures improve. :31
I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.