Atkins diet ‘could be as effective as ketogenic diet for epilepsy’

Posted Aug 22 2014 in Other treatments

Example of a meal on the Atkins diet. Ref: docsopinion.com

A new study has indicated the Atkins diet could potentially offer similar effectiveness to the ketogenic diet in terms of aiding the management of childhood epilepsy.

Carried out at the Mofid Hospital in Tehran, the clinical trial survey saw 40 children with refractory epilepsy divided into two groups and trialled on both diet types.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate dietary plan that is often used to help reduce seizure frequency in epilepsy patients. The Atkins diet, meanwhile, is another low-carbohydrate food regime that many prefer in terms of taste experience.

According to results published in the Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, the proportion of ketogenic diet patients who achieved a 50 per cent reduction in seizures at the end of first, second and third months were 55 per cent, 30 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.

For the Atkins diet, these figures were broadly similar at 50 per cent, 65 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.

The researchers concluded: “The results of this study show that there is no significant difference between the classic ketogenic diet and the Atkins diet at the end of first, second and third months and both had similar responses to the treatments.”

Posted by Bob Jones

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