Module 2: Living with epilepsy

Diet & Nutrition

People with epilepsy are advised to have good nutritional habits and a healthy lifestyle.Picture of a hand holding a cigarette next to a cup of coffee.

  • No special diet is prescribed for epilepsy itself.
  • The ketogenic diet, which is high in fat, approximates the metabolic circumstances of starvation. This has been effective in controlling seizures in young children.
  • Large amounts of caffeine, alcohol or smoking can do harm.
  • Alcohol may interfere with the anticonvulsant medication.
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