How the Ketogenic diet started?

How the Ketogenic diet started?

The use of Ketogenic diet is widespread in medicine due to its extensive application as a treatment for epilepsy especially in children. Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by seizures that vary from brief to nearly barely noticeable to long episodes of vehement shaking. These seizures may result into physical injuries at times, like broken bones, and so on. Epileptic seizures have a tendency to recur for most. There seems to have no underlying cause behind them. However, although the cause of epileptic seizures are mostly unknown, some people do develop it as a consequence of brain injury, tumours, infections, strokes. Sadly, even by default due to some kind of birth defect.  How the Ketogenic diet started?

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The very first modern scientific study on How the Ketogenic diet started? Conducted around 1910.

Ketogenic diet became well-known as a treatment for epilepsy around the 1920s. Initially fasting was practiced to control epileptic seizures, ketogenic diet was thought of as an alternative. Fasting as a method for treatment of diseases, particularly epilepsy was in fact studied from the times of ancient Greek. The very first modern scientific study was conducted around 1910.

For a while potassium bromide was seen to treat epileptics.

For a while potassium bromide was seen to treat epileptics. However, soon showed evidence of slowing down patients’ mental capacity. This was therefore dismissed. Instead, research was conducted on patients through the means of diet, and were made to follow a low-carbohydrate, vegetarian diet combined with fasting. Surprisingly, significant improvements were seen to those who could stick to the diet plan, but unfortunately most could not.

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