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The ketogenic diet, also known as the keto diet, is generally defined as a high-fat, low-carbohydrate, moderate protein diet that affects your body’s energy metabolism.1 Ketogenic diets were commonly used through the 1920s and 1930s to treat epilepsy, a chronic neurologic disorder that causes seizures or disruption in brain communication. Current research has found improvement in seizure control with ketogenic diets to treat epilepsy among children and adolescents. However, more research is needed to describe other potential benefits and side effects of the ketogenic diet among the adult population. A well-trained healthcare team who is specialized in ketogenic diets is needed to determine if the ketogenic diet works for you to best meet your needs.
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Roehl K and Sewark SL. Practice Paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Classic and Modified Ketogenic Diets for Treatment of Epilepsy. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017;117:1279-1292.