McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Ketogenic Diet as a Method of Treatment for Epilepsy

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This video examines the research and scientific information surrounding the benefits a ketogenic diet can have for individuals that may be suffering from epilepsy. It also considers the potential healthcare benefits of the ketogenic diet with respect to children who suffer from recurring epilepsy.

— Video by Melika Babadi, Babur Ali, Mohammed Abdul-Khaliq and Shamweel Arman


  • Gilmour, H., Ramage-Morin, P., & Wong, S. L. (2016). Epilepsy in Canada: Prevalence and impact. Health Reports, 27(9), 24.
  • Kim, D. Y., & Rho, J. M. (2008). The ketogenic diet and epilepsy. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 11(2), 113-120.
  • Schwartz, R. M., Boyes, S., & Aynsley‐Green, A. (1989). Metabolic effects of three ketogenic diets in the treatment of severe epilepsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 31(2), 152-160.
  • Gilbert, D. L., Pyzik, P. L., & Freeman, J. M. (2000). The ketogenic diet: seizure control correlates better with serum β-hydroxybutyrate than with urine ketones. Journal of Child Neurology, 15(12), 787-790.
  • Huttenlocher, P. R. (1976). Ketonemia and seizures: metabolic and anticonvulsant effects of two ketogenic diets in childhood epilepsy. Pediatric Research, 10(5), 536.