What is Ketogenic diet?

Category: Nutrition/Diets

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The ketogenic diet, very high in fats and low in carbohydrates, is primarily used to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The ketogenic diet is prescribed by a physician and carefully monitored by a dietitian.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 8 14
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 6 5
Weight loss 5 4
Dysautonomia 1 1
Feet tingling 1 0
Gait problems 1 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 3
Mild 16
None 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ketogenic diet

Side effect Patients
Weight loss 3
Constipation 2
Headaches 2
Bladder leakage 1
Bowel irregularity 1
Cravings 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Ketogenic diet

Dosage Patients
20 g daily 2
1 daily 1
1 other daily 1
1 other five times daily 1
3 other three times daily 1
50 g daily 1
130 g daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ketogenic diet

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 2
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently using Ketogenic diet

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2

Stopped using Ketogenic diet

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 19
Usually 7
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 4
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 2
Not specified 8
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3 patient evaluations for Ketogenic diet

Oct 31, 2015 (Started Oct 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for weight loss)
  • Side effects
    Mild (cravings)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 20 g Daily
Advice & Tips: A low carb diet is expensive and leads to cravings occasionally, but I try to remember that it's working and feeling better is worth not having the sweets.

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 1, 2014 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (reduction in body fat, weight loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

May 30, 2013 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (reduction in body fat, weight loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: Initiation of the diet was complicated, as there was no provision for a registered dietician to assist in this country. I organised the diet myself, using consultants from the University of South Florida and also from the bodybuilding fraternity that had used ketogenic diets for adults over long periods. Previous anti-epilepsy medication (AEDs) had side-effect for me, which included food intolerances - of dairy, wheat, yeast, MSG, sugar, soy, red meats, citrus and nightshades. I was running out of things I could eat! The ketogenic diet that was devised for me - and that I have followed for 5 years - could not include any of these food groups.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jan 31, 2013 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: I set up a ketogenic diet to manage seizures with the help of an internet community, who had used similar diets and adherence during their preparation for bodybuilding competitions: this often lasted for over 12 weeks. Traditional (medical) ketogenic diets that are established for children involve high quantities of dairy foods which I cannot eat, owing to food intolerances that developed during my adherence to anti-epilepsy drugs. These food intolerances remain 5 years after I stopped taking AEDs. I currently have 2 members of my family that are being investigated for celiac disease (lactose/gluten intolerance) which might point to a genetic disposition to these food difficulties.
Cost: $200+ monthly

Nov 20, 2011 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (reduction in body fat, weight loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

Nov 12, 2011 (Started Jul 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (reduction in body fat, weight loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: This has had a major impact on the quality of my life: seizure frequency has decreased significantly. Recovery time from seizure (post ictal) has decreased. Memory has improved. Mental lucidity has improved. NOTE that I have maintained a strict exercise routine in addition to a ketogenic diet to ensure that bone density (strength training) and lipid profile (cardiovascular fitness) remain healthy.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Mar 23, 2010 (Started Aug 29, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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