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  1. Mike anderson

    Jo Comper re Epilepsy CPD
    Is their a role for nutrition in the management of this disease?

    • Jarrod McMaugh

      CPD Modules are evidence based

        • Jarrod McMaugh

          The RCTs discussed in this review show promising results for the use of KDs in epilepsy. However, the limited number of studies, small sample sizes and the limited studies in adults, resulted in a low to very low overall quality of evidence.There were adverse effects within all of the studies and for all KD variations, such as short-term gastrointestinal-related disturbances and increased cholesterol. However, study periods were short, therefore the long-term risks associated with these adverse effects is unknown. Attrition rates remained a problem with all KDs and across all studies; reasons for this being lack of observed efficacy and dietary tolerance.Only one study reported the use of KDs in adults with epilepsy; therefore further research would be of benefit.Other more palatable but related diets, such as the MAD, may have a similar effect on seizure control as the classical KD, but this assumption requires more investigation. For people who have medically intractable epilepsy or people who are not suitable for surgical intervention, KDs remain a valid option; however, further research is required.

          TL;DR…. the evidence for benefit vs side effects and the ability to implement ketogenic diets does not justify routine recommendation of ketogenic diets for epilepsy

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