The Medical Ketogenic Diet is Clinically Shown to Help Manage Intractable Epilepsy
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Intractable Epilepsy
Seizures are considered intractable to medications after 2-3 antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have failed to control them. This may be called intractable, refractory, or drug resistant epilepsy.
10 epilepsy patients have intractable seizures
3/10 epilepsy patients have intractable seizures that are not managed by AEDs
Research shows that when individuals have tried 2-3 AEDs without success, additional drug trials are unlikely to help reduce seizures. Talk with your neurologist about what other options are available.
2-3 AEDs without success
The Ketogenic diet can help
Seisure-Free
10-15% will become seizure-free
 
Seisure Improvement 90
1 in 3 will have at least 90% seizure improvement
 
Seisure Improvement 50
Over half of individuals will have at least 50% seizure improvement
When the ketogenic diet is successful in managing seizures, additional benefits may include:
  • Reduced emergency room visits & hospitalizations
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved behavior
  • Improved quality of life
Learn More About the Ketogenic Diet
Designed to mimic the metabolic state of fasting where the body burns fat for fuel
Carefully calculated by a ketogenic dietitian and used under medical supervision
Calculated according to the ratio of fat to carbohydrate plus protein
When successful in managing seizures, patients typically remain on the diet for at least 2 years
Experts recommend consideration after the failure of 2-3 antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Discuss this with your neurologist
Offered by epilepsy centers across the United States, including the top 10 pediatric neurology centers
Studies have shown the ketogenic diet to be helpful in managing intractable epilepsy for both children and adults
KetoCal® was designed to help make the ketogenic diet easier to manage by filling in unavoidable nutritional gaps that exist with the ketogenic diet
 
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How Can You Make the Ketogenic Diet Easier to Manage?
KetoCal is a high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic formula that can help simplify the ketogenic diet by filling in unavoidable nutritional gaps that exist with the ketogenic diet
  • Trusted by healthcare providers & patients since 2001
  • Supported by use in over 25 clinical studies
KetoCal can be used with the ketogenic diet:
  • As a convenient snack and at meal times
  • As a sole source of nutrition and/or with tube feeding
  • To create tasty ketogenic recipes
 
Ketocal Products
The KetoCal family of products are available as powders and liquids, in a variety of flavors and ketogenic ratios.
Designed for individuals age 1 year and up, KetoCal may be covered by insurance, Medicaid, or WIC.
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Hear what others are saying about using KetoCal with the ketogenic diet
"Using KetoCal made the ketogenic diet so much easier."
-Karen, Logan’s mom
Shelly, Coco’s mom
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"Our neurologist suggested trying the ready-to-feed KetoCal® 4:1 LQ Vanilla. It was life changing! It’s easy for “on the go” and for the past five years it’s been Coco’s primary feeding source."
-Shelly, Coco’s mom
Amy, Nathan’s mom
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"Adding KetoCal to Nathan's diet has been wonderful, just because he loves the taste"
-Amy, Nathan’s mom
 
 
 
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Are You or a Loved One a Candidate for the Ketogenic Diet?
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Question 1
Have you or your loved one been diagnosed with epilepsy?
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Do you or your loved one continue to have seizures despite trying 2-3 different antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)?
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Do you or your loved one experience unacceptable side effects from an antiepileptic drug (AED)?
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Have you or your loved one been diagnosed with any of the following medical conditions?
  • Carnitine deficiency (primary)
  • Carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) I or II deficiency
  • Carnitine translocase deficiency
  • Beta-oxidation defects:
    • Medium-chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (MCAD)
    • Long-chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (LCAD)
    • Short-chain acyl dehydrogenase deficiency (SCAD)
    • Long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA deficiency
    • Meduim-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA deficiency
  • Pyruvate carboxylase deficiency
  • Porphyria
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Based on your responses to our survey, you or your loved one have good seizure control and lack of unaccepted side effects from antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), so the ketogenic diet may not be necessary. If you are still interested in exploring the ketogenic diet, talk to your neurologist or find a ketogenic diet center here.
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