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6 Reasons to Use Diet in the Treatment of Seizures and Epilepsy


 6 Reasons to Use Diet in the Treatment of Seizures and Epilepsy , Epilepsy and seizure disorders are highly weakening and can destroy the quality of life. Although medicines are used as a first-line approach, diet can play a decisive role.


The central issue of epilepsy is the way energy is generated by our brain cells. Those who remain awake in high school biology refer to mitochondria, the "cell powerhouse," making ATP. I heard that our bodies have over one billion (yes—a "b") reactions every second of the day. Each such response requires energy as ATP. That's a terrible amount of ATP.




6 Reasons to Use Diet in the Treatment of Seizures and Epilepsy




At rest, our nervous system is our body's highest energy user. It takes enormous amounts of energy to function correctly in our brains and nerves. Many times this does NOT involve doing anything. When that sounds strange, consider a patient with strokes or a patient with Parkinson's. They have lost or damaged part of their brain, and therefore the body's muscles can contract rather than relax, causing spasms.



In epilepsy, something happens to reduce the energy that the cells of the brain can produce. Stress, poor nutrition, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, lack of exercise, or many other factors combined with susceptible genes (this does not indicate that seizures are entirely up to genetics—not even close to true). If the cell does not have enough energy, it will fire before it starts the seizure.



Medications used to control seizures in no way affect the cause, shape, or shape. You keep a cell from communicating to the next cell. This means a cell that fires should not jeopardize its neighbor less. But the brain cell is still diseased. While medicinal products may be necessary for short-term seizure control, anti-seizure medicines (AEDs) do more harm than good for the patient without the lifestyle changes recommendations.


The ketogenic diet is a compelling approach. This is a diet with high protein and fat percentages (similar to Atkin's diet), but research is constantly investigating the effects of dietary changes. An example of this is the modified ketogenic diet.



How adequate is ketogenic food ? Bear in mind that the first choice of drugs for seizure reductions is around 30 percent of the time.

           1/3 of those on a ketogenic diet >90% less seizure

           Another 1/3 has a >50% discount



In the long-term follow-up study of the ketogenic diet in children over 20 years, the apparent long-lasting advantage of reducing seizures was that there were only dieting:


1) 65% of the patients have remained on a diet (this level of compliance with AEDs is practically unheard of)

2) 20% have been seizure-free

3) 36 percent have decreased seizures by 75-99 percent

4) Overall, 56% of patients had a more than 75% reduction in seizure;

5) Injuries recurred in just 25 percent of those who were seizure-free and stopped the diet

6) Of the patients with a reduction in seizure >50% who ceased their diet, only 25% had recurring seizures



Because the ketogenic diet appears to be stopped, this study looked at whether stopping the ketogenic diet within one week vs. six weeks had a difference and found no increase in the risk to prevent the diet within one week rather than more than six weeks. However, those who improved between 50% and 99% and received more medicines have little risk of overall seizures.



* It is more effective than medicines * Dietary compliance is higher as most medicines * The continuation of the diet shows that benefits are retained * If necessary, it can be safe to stop diet relatively quickly *



Sounds pretty good to me. Sounds good to me. Nevertheless, despite everything, seizure controls (especially in children) are considered the last approach instead of the first line if recommended. This can be due to a poor overall diet as a powerful player in chronic disease. In any case, no physician can deny the power of dietary choices in seizure control.

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