The ‘Keto diet ‘ as it is commonly referred to by many is simply a diet low in carbohydrates and a high fat diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and toward fat and ketones.
This is a diet of many benefits among them named above in diabetic patients as well as helping to lose weight and also of its importance to epileptic children and those experiencing seizures which is my main concern today . So let’s dive in !
Epilepsy is a brain condition that causes a child to have seizures. It is one of the most common disorders affecting children’s nervous system.
A seizure occurs when one or more parts of the brain has a burst of abnormal electrical signals that interrupt normal brain signals. Anything that interrupts the normal connections between nerve cells in the brain can cause a seizure. This includes a high fever, high or low blood sugar, alcohol or drug withdrawal, or a brain concussion. But when a child has 2 or more seizures with no known cause, this is diagnosed as epilepsy.
However the ketogenic diet is not prescribed to every seizure patient .You should first talk with your child’s doctor and dietician .
According to a 2008 consensus report from an international expert panel, the ketogenic diet “should be offered to a child after two anticonvulsants are used unsuccessfully.” An example is a case I tackled together with a pediatrician on a 12 year old epileptic child who was not responding to drugs . She was put on anticonvulsants and sedatives but she wasn’t tolerating them well and she had fluctuating sugars .The doctor called out for my intervention and when I put the child on the Keto diet , the parents reported the child’s condition was improving and it was possible to manage the frequent seizures . I also advocated for a low Glycemic index diet as it is known to in particular, allow a 10% carbohydrate intake, but with a low-glycemic index. It is noted that a low GI food causes a minor elevation of postprandial blood glucose levels, which may be advantageous for the recurrence of the seizures.
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