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High-Fat Diets Treat Absence Epilepsy

Two high-fat diets can reduce and sometimes completely eliminate seizures in children with a common disorder known as absence epilepsy.

A report shows that more than 70 percent of the patients treated with either a ketogenic or modified Atkins diet experienced at least 50 percent fewer seizures. Many showed as high as 90 percent improvement.

According to Newswise:

“The ketogenic diet has been used since 1921 to successfully treat several forms of epilepsy ... Made up of high-fat foods and few carbohydrates, the diet works by triggering biochemical changes that eliminate seizure-causing short circuits in the brain’s signaling system.”

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