The Ketogenic Diet: An Effective Non-Medication Treatment for Intractable Epilepsy
January 4, 2016•12 min
Home to a Level IV designated Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Children's Mercy offers one of the largest ketogenic diet programs in the U.S. The diet is an effective non-medication treatment for intractable epilepsy. While it is unclear exactly how the diet works, it has been shown to control seizures and minimize the need for antiepileptic drugs, which can have unpleasant side effects. Children’s Mercy patients have fared better than national averages, with ketogenic diet patients seeing a 72 percent improvement after one year, and 90 % after two years.Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity, the Chief of the Section of Epilepsy and Neurophysiology at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, is here to discuss ketogenic diet programs.