Adult Ketogenic Diet Program
While many hospitals provide a Ketogenic Diet Program for infants and children, few offer the same support services to adults. Menorah Medical Center has developed the Kansas City area’s transitional care program for young adults currently enrolled in a pediatric Ketogenic Diet Program. The registered dietitians at Menorah Medical Center will work closely with your neurologist to provide:
- A customized keto diet plan
- Individual nutrition counseling sessions to discuss food intake and diet compliance
- Access to an interactive meal program to track and plan meals
- Customized menus based on labs and seizure activity
What is the Keto Diet?
The ketogenic diet is an effective non-medication treatment for intractable epilepsy. The diet has been successfully treating patients since 1921; reducing seizure activity and improving quality of life. The ketogenic diet is a customized diet high in fat, moderate protein and low in carbohydrates that can help control seizures and minimize the use of antiepileptic drugs.
The Keto Meal Plan
This classic ketogenic diet contains a 4:1 ratio by weight of fat to combined protein and carbohydrate. This is achieved by excluding high carbohydrate foods such as starchy fruits and vegetables, bread, pasta, grains and sugar, while increasing the consumption of foods high in fat such as nuts, cream and butter. The ketogenic diet is prescribed by a doctor and carefully monitored by both your physician and a registered dietitian.
The Impact on Epileptic Seizures
More than 50% of individuals who are placed on the ketogenic diet show at least a 50% reduction in their seizure activity. There are even some genetic diseases in which the ketogenic diet has shown to be very effective. Studies suggest that reduction in seizure activity with the ketogenic diet may be due to the transition from using glucose (carbohydrates) as a fuel source to using fat to help better balance the chemicals in the brain. The ketone bodies pass into the brain and replace glucose as an energy source. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the frequency of epileptic seizures.