Modified Atkins ketogenic diet therapy for epilepsy

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Learn about the benefits and limitations of the modified Atkins ketogenic diet therapy for childhood epilepsy, how it is started and how to use it at home.

Key points

  • Children treated with a modified Atkins ketogenic diet therapy start with eating no more than 10 g of carbohydrates a day and may slowly increase that amount. This therapy provides at least 65 per cent of total calories from fat.
  • This therapy offers flexibility in feeding times and does not require food to be weighed with a scale. It may work quickly, although it can take a few months to see the full effect.
  • This treatment has the same side effects as other ketogenic diet therapies including constipation, increased cholesterol levels and micronutrient deficiencies.
  • The diet is very restrictive and needs to be followed carefully under the guidance of a ketogenic diet therapy team, which could include a neurologist, nurse practitioner, dietitian and nurse.
Last updated: March 12th 2021