Efficacy of Modified Ketogenic Diet (Atkins) in Management of Epilepsy
Recruitment status was: Recruiting
Behavioral: atkins diet
Behavioral: ability to follow low carbohydrate diet
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Efficacy, Tolerability and Long-Term Adherence of a Modified Ketogenic Diet (Atkins) in the Management of Pharmacoresistant Epilepsy|
- seizure reduction
- cognitive improvement
|Study Start Date:||August 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||September 2005|
In the management of drug-resistant epilepsy, many strategies have been examined. The Ketogenic Diet, high in fats and low in all other nutrients was observed to be of benefit. However, due to its complexedness and unpalatability, this diet is rarely used in the adult population. A recent small study showed seizure reduction with the Atkins Diet.
In this study, patients will be randomized into one of 2 groups- group 1 receiving limited dietary instruction for the Atkins Diet and group 2- receiving detailed dietary instruction. A seizure severity-matched control group will also take part. We will follow these patients over a period of 2 years looking at seizure frequency, weight, sustainability of the diet, effect on anti-epilepsy medication dosage, effect in cognition, quality of life and financial impact of the diet.
Patients will come to clinic to see the dietitian at specific intervals. cognitive testing will also be done at the beginning of the study and every 6 months thereafter. Patients will keep food charts, ketosis charts and seizure diaries.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00188500
|Toronto Western Hospital|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S8|
|Principal Investigator:||J Martin delCampo||UHN|