Keto diet may treat epilepsy by changing gut microbiome

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The keto diet is low in carbohydrates and high in protein and fat.

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Mice are more resistant to seizures when treated with gut microbes from children with epilepsy on a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. This suggests that the anti-seizure effect of the diet comes from changes in the gut microbiome.

The ketogenic or keto diet has been used to treat epilepsy for nearly a century, but how it does this is unclear. Earlier, ellen ciao at the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues found that diet does not prevent …

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