Low-glycemic-index treatment: A liberalized ketogenic diet for treatment of intractable epilepsy

 

PUBLICATION
Neurology

AUTHOR(S)
Heidi H. Pfeifer, RD, LDN; and Elizabeth A. Thiele, MD, PhD

ABSTRACT
The ketogenic diet is often effective for intractable epilepsy, but many patients have trouble complying with the strict regimen. The authors tested an alternative diet regimen, a low-glycemic-index treatment, with more liberal total carbohydrate intake but restricted to foods that produce relatively little increase in blood glucose (glycemic index < 50). Ten of 20 patients treated with this regimen experienced a greater than 90% reduction in seizure frequency.

DATE
December 2005

RELATED TOPICS
EPILEPSYLOW-GYCEMIC

 

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