ANCHOR LEAD: USING A DIET TO CONTROL EPILEPTIC SEIZURES PROVES TOO HARD FOR MANY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Many adults with uncontrollable epileptic seizures who tried a diet high in fat and protein saw their seizures reduced considerably, a Johns Hopkins study has shown. But Eric Kossoff, an epilepsy expert at Hopkins and one of the study’s authors, says there was a down side.
KOSSOFF: Some of the bad news a bit is how tough it was, a bit of a surprise for many of us, about 40% dropped out before three months had gone by, only about half of them made the full six months of the study, many of the patients who dropped out were doing well, many of the patients who dropped out technically were fifty percent better or seventy-five percent better. Most of them dropped out because they felt it was too restrictive or maybe it didn’t meet their expectations. :24
Kossoff says giving up almost all carbs may sound like a modest trade off for seizure control for most of us, but when he tried the diet himself he found it challenging to stick with over the long haul. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.