Ketogenic Diet Therapy for Epilepsy - RD204

Ketogenic Diet Therapy for Epilepsy

by Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE, FAND
(4.8 / 16 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.50 CPEU)

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.
Nurses: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3010, 3020, 4150, 5000, 5070, 5080, 5180, 5280, 5290, 5300, 5390, and 5400 and performance indicators of 4.1.2, 8.1.1, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 10.2.3, 10.2.5, 10.4.1, and 10.4.4.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).

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

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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Stephanie W - Center Point, TX  ·  Sep 03, 2019
Great information! Very interesting
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Roberta M - Queen Creek, AZ  ·  Aug 22, 2019
I learned a lot! Very imformative and well written.
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Amy H - ANDREWS, TX  ·  Aug 19, 2019
very knowledgeable information
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Price: $30.00
CE-PRO Price: $15.00