The keto diet for epilepsy is a high fat, low carbohydrate, and adequate protein diet. It works by changing the body’s metabolism to help manage epilepsy symptoms.
Normally, the body uses glucose for its energy source. Glucose comes from carbohydrates in foods like sugar, bread, or pasta. The ketogenic diet uses ketones made from fats instead of glucose for the energy source. This process is called ketosis.
The word “ketogenic” means that ketones are made in the body. This means that the body is in ketosis and produces ketones while on the diet.
The keto diet was introduced as an alternative way to manage epilepsy over 100 years ago. Since that time, there have been many studies that show that this diet successfully helps manage epilepsy symptoms.¹⁻⁴
For children on the ketogenic diet:
For adults on the keto diet:
The keto diet may also be successful in managing adults and children that have other epilepsy-related conditions.2
These other epilepsy-related conditions include:
There are several different kinds of keto diets for epilepsy. All are low in carbohydrates and high in fat. Your doctor will work with you to select the most appropriate diet for you. The different types of keto diet include:
In the typical North American diet, the majority of calories consumed are from carbohydrates. However, the keto diet strictly limits the amount of carbohydrates and protein consumed.
The ketogenic diet ratio is the ratio of fat to combined carbohydrates and protein. A dietitian determines the ratio for each individual based on age, weight, and epilepsy condition.
A 4:1 ketogenic diet ratio:
A 3:1 ketogenic diet ratio:
KetoCal is indicated for the dietary management of refractory epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if KetoCal is right for you.
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