Dietary therapy for epilepsy

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2017 Sep 4;137(16). doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.16.0486. Print 2017 Sep 5.
[Article in English, Norwegian]


Children with pharmacoresistant epilepsy should be offered ketogenic dietary therapy. The diet, which is rich in fat and low in carbohydrate, has a beneficial effect in reducing seizures in this patient group. It may also have a beneficial effect in adults, but there is less evidence than in children. Dietary treatment of epilepsy is a specialist therapy, and in order to adhere to the diet, strong motivation of the patient and relatives as well as close follow-up from the specialist health service are necessary.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Diet, Carbohydrate-Restricted
  • Diet, Ketogenic* / adverse effects
  • Diet, Ketogenic* / methods
  • Diet, Ketogenic* / psychology
  • Drug Resistant Epilepsy / diet therapy*
  • Drug Resistant Epilepsy / psychology
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Patient Compliance
  • Seizures / diet therapy
  • Seizures / psychology