Ketogenic Diet Therapy for Epilepsy - CHES204

Ketogenic Diet Therapy for Epilepsy

by Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND
(4.6 / 20 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.50 CECH)

Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00


Dealing with intractable epilepsy can be a parent’s worst nightmare. Despite the use of multiple medications, implanted nerve stimulators, and even brain surgery, one-third of children experiencing seizures remain in the grip of this unpredictable and sometimes fatal condition. The question remains: Can epilepsy be helped by food? Concerns include possible acute adverse effects along with long-term worries of poor growth, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and kidney stones. Despite these issues, the neurology community has concluded that ketogenic diet therapy is a viable option not just for epilepsy, but possibly for other conditions as well. Healthcare providers working with individuals on this extremely low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet require a thorough understanding of ketogenic diet guidelines, necessary supplementation, and monitoring protocols to help clients succeed and minimize adverse effects throughout the use of this strict therapy.


The goal of this continuing education module is to provide dietitians with up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of the ketogenic diet in epilepsy. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify research supporting ketogenic therapies for epilepsy
  • Cite three differences between the classic ketogenic diet, low glycemic index treatment, and modified Atkins diet
  • List four major nutritional concerns for a child or an adult on a ketogenic diet

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by Relias LLC, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 7.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019, 1133776 for 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2023.

Course Originally Released on: 8/31/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/7/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/31/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Noah B - Cape Coral, FL  ·  Oct 02, 2019
great material! This course should be taken by all RNs.
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HEATHER S - Fuquay Varina, NC  ·  Sep 10, 2019
Very informative with calculations
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Sarah F - Camp Hill, PA  ·  Sep 05, 2019
This was very a informative course on the use of the ketogenic diet in the treatment of intractable epilepsy. I took care of a child for whom this was the most important part of her treatment and it was very effective. This article was very much in line with my experience and provided gaps to my knowledge. Thank you.
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Patricia F - Eureka, IL  ·  Sep 03, 2019
a lot of info on keto diet
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Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00