There is new hope for patients suffering from epilepsy
after UK researchers suggested that a high-fat diet will help control seizures in children with epilepsy.
Overall 145 children aged two to 16 took part in the
trial. The kids had failed to respond to treatment by two anti-epileptic drugs.
Half the children were put on a ketogenic diet where they consumed high levels
of fat, low levels of carbohydrates and controlled protein intake.
It seems that ketones that are produced by metabolism of
fat in the diet help reduce seizures. In the study children who were put on the
diet had a two-thirds reduction i the number of seizures suffered. Children who
were not on the ketogenic diet saw no difference in the number of seizures.
"If your epilepsy is easily controlled on one
medication then I wouldn't advocate the diet, but if at least two drugs have
failed then it should be considered," said study leader Professor Helen
Cross, a consultant in neurology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
The details of the
study are reported in the Lancet Neurology.