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Epilepsy Center Modified Atkins Diet
Epilepsy Center Modified Atkins Diet

Modified Atkins Diet

The modified Atkins diet is a carbohydrate controlled diet that is used to treat epilepsy. It was developed in the 1980s.

How it Works

It is similar to the ketogenic diet, but involves counting carbohydrates. Daily carbohydrates are limited to 10-20 grams per day and counted by the caregiver or child if appropriate. Similar to the ketogenic diet, it requires a family commitment and follow up clinic visits one month after diet start and every three months after with blood testing. 

Success Rates

Like the ketogenic diet, it is not clear how this diet works to control seizures. But studies have shown it to be effective in treating seizures when the ketogenic diet is not tolerated.

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