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What is Dietary Therapy?

Dietary therapy is an approach to help control seizures, usually in conjunction with seizure medications.

  • The classic ketogenic diet, a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, is prescribed and monitored by a physician and nutritionist and can help control seizures in some people. It can help both children and adults with refractory seizures.
  • Additionally, the modified Atkins Diet, which has some similar components to the traditional ketogenic diet, can be effective.

This section presents information and monthly updates about these dietary therapies and others (like the Low Glycemic Index treatment) and how they might be helpful to people with epilepsy.


Download this factsheet to learn about the 4 major types of dietary therapy used to treat epilepsy, including the ketogenic diet, Medium-chain triglyceride diet (MCT), Modified Atkins Diet (MAD), and Low Glycemic Index Treatment (LGIT).

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Keto News provides updates about the ketogenic diet and other dietary therapies for epilepsy.

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Since 2007, Keto News has been edited by Dr. Eric Kossoff, medical director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ketogenic Diet Program. This monthly feature has become a "mini-book" with many valuable articles about how to make the diet work better for you or your child.

This section includes new information helpful for people living with epilepsy, parents, and caregivers who receive or provide diets for the treatment of epilepsy. Cutting edge research, as well as helpful hints, are presented.

If there are specific topics you would like to see covered, please contact Dr. Eric Kossoff at We welcome your input. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Authored By: 
Eric Kossoff MD
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Reviewed By: 
Joseph I. Sirven MD and Patricia O. Shafer RN, MN
Wednesday, October 25, 2017