A medical ketogenic diet is a low carb, high fat diet which changes the metabolism in the body from burning glucose for energy to burning fat for energy.
A medical ketogenic diet can be used as a treatment for:
- Drug resistant (intractable or refractory) epilepsy
- Glut 1 Deficiency
- Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency
There is ongoing research into the benefits of a ketogenic diet for other neuro-metabolic conditions and some brain cancers.
Medical keto diets need to be prescribed and closely monitored by a medical professional. Patients are usually supervised by a neurologist and a dietician and the diet is integrated into a full medical treatment plan.