When medications did not work, Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity did something that stopped the seizures nearly overnight. He told Santiago’s mother to limit the child’s carbohydrates and increase his fat intake.
She said she was willing to try anything.
“He doesn’t drink milk but he does drink heavy creams and it’s so high in fat,” she said.
Within a week, Santiago’s epileptic seizures went away.
Ketogenic diets have been around for years, but when patients don’t respond to drugs, doctors turn to diet as a solution. Children’s Mercy Hospital said more of their young epileptic patients are responding.
High proteins and high fats force the body to burn fat stores instead of carbs or glucose for energy.
“With this diet, we’re removing the fuel that’s being used to fuel a seizure,” Lindsey Thompsen, a clinical nutritionist at Children’s Mercy Hospital said.
“Tends to make the brain calmer from a seizure standpoint and also a better quality of life and makes patients feel happier and better academic success in school,” Santiago’s pediatric neurologist Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoity said.
The ketogenic diets are also being used on patients with other neurologic conditions like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
Great story. Ketogenic diets, which is my choice, have been used for decades to help with epilepsy and diabetes.
But for some reason, the federal government prescribes a diet of low fat, high carb foods.
There’s a reason Americans are fatter than the rest of the world. It isn’t that we’re a more sedentary culture, but our carb intake is higher.
There’s a movie on Netflix called “The Perfect Human Diet.” It’s more for paleo diet folks, but it helps explain why certain carbs impact our waistline so much.