Epilepsy and Dietary Therapies: How What You Eat May Help Control Seizures
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
For individuals with epilepsy – particularly refractory epilepsy – change of diet can be a recommended therapy for seizure control. While the ketogenic diet has been around for almost a century and is the arguably the most well-known dietary treatment option, today, there are multiple diets used to treat specific epilepsy types and syndromes.
In this webinar, two neurologists present both the research and clinical perspectives of dietary therapies. Dr. Jong Rho speaks to the science backing the use of dietary therapies to control seizures, and Dr. Eric Kosoff discusses how doctors determine which patients to recommend these therapies for, as well as how patients can work with their doctors to navigate these options.
Dr. Rho and Dr. Kosoff address questions such as:
- What epilepsy conditions has the ketogenic diet proved effective in reducing seizures?
- Can I just look up a ketogenic diet online and try it?
- What biological mechanisms cause these diets to work and how much do we know about them?
- What resources are available to help parents and caregivers follow the strict dietary guidelines?
This webinar is jointly presented by Dr. Jong Rho, Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Neurosciences, and Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Calgary and Dr. Eric Kossoff, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Plus, listen to our Seizing Life podcast episode featuring registered dietician Robyn Blackford and advanced practice nurse Breanne Fisher for more information about using the ketogenic diet to treat epilepsy.