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Diet study offers hope for people with epilepsy

Bacteria may help limit seizures, study of high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet finds

Gut bacteria may play an important role in a diet that helps patients with epilepsy to control seizures, a study has found.

The high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet forces the body to use fat as its fuel source, producing compounds called ketones instead of the sugars created by breaking down carbohydrates.

Previous studies have shown that the diet has anti-seizure effects, and researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) used mice to investigate why.

Fewer seizures

The study found that after four days, mice on the ketogenic diet had elevated levels of two gut bacteria and experienced fewer seizures than the mice in the non-keto


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