How does the ketogenic diet work?

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The ketogenic diet is a high fat, adequate protein, low carbohydrate diet, which has been used for almost a century to treat cases of epilepsy resisting to anticonvulsant medications (see my previous post for more details). However, although its efficiency is now widely accepted, the exact mechanisms by which it operates are still not completely understood. Continue reading

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The Ketogenic Diet, a Treatment for Epilepsy

Contrary to what one may think at first, the ketogenic subject is quite broad and to cover it well will require several posts. In the first post I will focus on the description of the ketogenic diet and its application to epilepsy, for which it was initially developed. A second post will be dedicated to its possible modes of action. Continue reading