Epilepsy: Nutrition

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of medical nutrition on the management of drug-resistant epilepsy.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department has made no specific assessment of the effect of medical nutrition, also known as the ketogenic diet, on the management of drug-resistant epilepsy. However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence sets out best practice guidance for clinicians in ‘Epilepsies: diagnosis and management’ which is available at the following link:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg137

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