According to the National Society for Epilepsy, epilepsy affects at least 300,000 people in the UK - 60,000 of these people are children under the age of 16. Epilepsy affects 1 in every 100 children.
It is the most common serious neurological condition in the world and can affect anyone at any time in their life - it has no respect for age, sex, race or social class.
Seizures tend to develop in childhood or by late adolescence, but the likelihood of developing epilepsy rises again after the age of 65.
One in twenty people will have a single seizure sometime in their life.
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The Modified Atkins Diet for Epilepsy
Mary-Anne Leung, Daisy Garland Ketogenic Dietitian, May 2010
The Modified Atkins Diet was first used to treat epilepsy as an alternative to the traditional Classical and MCT Ketogenic Diets in 2001 at the John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. It is similar to the weight loss 'Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution' Diet but it is modified from the Atkins diet as weight loss is not the goal.
The Modified Atkins Diet is high in fat and low in carbohydrate but it is less restrictive than the traditional Ketogenic Diet and has been shown to be well tolerated and an effective therapy for intractable epilepsy.
Currently in the UK about 10 Ketogenic centres offer the Modified Atkins Diet to treat children with epilepsy. Each centre teaches the diet in a slightly different way. An experienced Ketogenic dietitian and medical team are essential for the safe teaching and monitoring of this diet.
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