Research: Ketogenic Diets: An Update for Child Neurologists


Authored by Kossoff, EH, Zupec-Kania BA, and Rho JM in Journal of Child Neurology, Volume 24, Issue 8, p. 979-988, (2009).

Article summary (posted Jan 1, 2010):

A ketogenic diet that cuts down on carbohydrates may be helpful for children with autism and may help reduce seizures.

With a ketogenic diet, most of the daily nutrition comes from eating fat and protein. The Atkins diet is a type of ketogenic diet. Ketogenic diets have been reported to be helpful for children with epilepsy. While on the diet, some children have fewer seizures. Some children with autism also have seizures, so the diet may be helpful for children with autism as well. Neurologists are exploring whether a ketogenic diet may also be helpful for other autism symptoms. However, there were no published studies reported in the article about this diet and autism. There have been side-effects reported, and some can be long-lasting. Side effects include slower growth, digestive system problems, kidney stones, bone fractures, and other problems.


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autism, diet, epilepsy, nutrition, protein