24 May '12, 7pm

New clue to epilepsy 'miracle diet' may help doctors improve treatment

New clue to epilepsy 'miracle diet' may help doctors improve treatment

Photo: Hotels in Eastborne/www.eastbourneguide.com /sxc.hu Did you know that a diet high in fat and low in carbs can help reduce the incidence of seizures in patients with epilepsy? I did not, but then again, I never went to medical school. Doctors have apparently known this trick for years, but they didn't know why — until now. And this new breakthrough may change the way health professionals treat this dangerous condition. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy affects roughly 3 million Americans and 50 million people worldwide. The brain disorder causes repeated seizures, or convulsions, over time due to disturbed brain activity. For several years now, doctors have understood that a diet high in fatty foods like butter, eggs, and burgers, and low in carbs could reduce the incidence of seizures, particularly in patients who did not respond well to other forms of ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/new-cl...

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