05/17/2016

#140. Can the ketogenic diet help those with epilepsy and cerebral palsy?

Full question: Has the Keto diet helped kids whose epilepsy arose specifically from brain damage, such as cerebral palsy?

Response: Many people with epilepsy also have cerebral palsy. The ketogenic diet has the same seizure-control benefit for this group as it does for other conditions. A good article to assist in understanding the benefits of ketogenic therapies for brain disoders, both degenerative and traumatic brain injury, is "Neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet". Behav Pharmacol. 2006 Septemver: 17(5-6): 431-439. You can find this on the internet.