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What Is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a group of neurological conditions. These are characterized by (and most well known for) epileptic seizures. These epileptic seizures are episodes that can vary in length and seriousness. The can be brief and nearly undetectable, or they can lead to long periods of vigorous shaking. These seizures can be so serious as to result in physical injuries. This can go as far to include broken bones in the most serious cases. The cause of most cases of epilepsy is unknown. Some people who suffer from the condition can develop their epilepsy as the result of several problems relating to their brain. These can include stroke, injury of the brain, brain tumors, infections and also birth defects. Genetic mutations have also been linked to some cases of the condition.
Diets to Help Treat Epilepsy
There is evidence to suggest that certain diets can help with the treatment of epilepsy and reduce the seizures associated with the condition. A modified Atkins diet (around 70 percent fat) and even a Ketogenic (90 percent fat) have quite a long history of being recommended as an effective in the treatment of the condition.
This is especially true for patients who have not responded well to drugs (refractory epilepsy). It can also be good for are those patients who are not good candidates for surgery. Some clinicians now actually believe that these diets should be offered as a potential first line therapy for patients who suffer from the condition. This means that this would be the first thing that doctors use in treating some patients. This is because a simple change in diet in less invasive than other treatments as it involves no drugs or surgery.
While these diets have been effective in the reduction of seizures there can of course be issues associated with the high fat intake. A modified Atkins diet has less fat intake for those concerned with this aspect. Always consult your doctor before changing your diet or changing how you treat any current of developing medical conditions.