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Ketogenic Diet For The Youngest Patients

Since the ketogenic diet’s inception in the 1920s, it’s gradually become accepted as a mainstream method for treating intractable epilepsy in children. However, say pediatric neurologist Eric Kossoff and dietitian Zahava Turner, many specialists and parents don’t realize that the high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet can be used in the very youngest patients, toddlers and even infants just a few months old. Though the ketogenic diet has proven enormously successful in reducing seizures in older children, Turner explains, doctors and parents had long assumed that babies and toddlers weren’t an ideal population for imposing such a restrictive regimen. “There’s been a fear of their ability to tolerate the diet and worries about their growth and development,” she says. A lack of commercial ketogenic foods on the market made administering the diet to very young patients exceedingly difficult, Turner adds. However, Kossoff says, research in the last several years has shown that the ketogenic diet can be safely given to babies and toddlers and can be effective, successfully cutting or eliminating seizures in many of these patients. With an abundance of new ketoge Continue reading >>

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  1. alexqndr

    Hello everyone,
    A few days ago I started to monitor my blood glucose and blood ketones levels. The objective is to monitor before/after meal readings, to understand what food I should avoid in order to stay in a deep level of ketosis.
    As a novice, I am doing it to get myself keto-adapted and set the path for the future about what food to eat and what to avoid. Blood ketones test strips are too expensive to keep doing that on a day-to-day, long-term basis.
    I noticed that after specific meals my glucose spiked and my ketones dropped substantially. This morning, I decided to test the primary suspects based on how I feel consuming those foods: coffee and erythritol.
    Erythritol, in particular, was worrying me, I could still feel some kind of sugar rush after ingesting it. My suspect is that I am not absorbing it, but my body, after decades of sugar-based diet, still triggers a strong blood sugar response to whatever sweet I stuff in my face.
    My blood ketone bodies upon waking and before any meal were 3mmol/L, my blood glucose was 4.8 mmol/L (86 mg/dL). I tested again 1h after a cup of decaf instant coffee (4g) dissolved in water and 1tbsp of Erythritol. Ketone bodies dropped to 0.8 mmol/L, and blood glucose spiked to 5.3mmol/L (95.4 mg/dL).
    The primary suspect in such drop and spike is still erythritol. I remember to have had high blood ketones after a mug of only decaf coffee and no erythritol in the afternoon, but I might test again only coffee and only erythritol in the next days.
    The question is: which one is more likely to be trying to kick me out? Can these be just normal post-meal fluctuations?
    If any of you is interested I'll keep posting my blood glucose/ketones responses to specific foods and sweeteners.

  2. mvadovic

    If you did drink decaf - you did not get any caffeine or maybe just traces of it. Erythriol has 0 glycemic index (does not affect your blood glucose at all)
    BG fluctuation from 86 to 94 is completely normal. Your BG is on keto is created mostly by gluconeogenesis.
    Neither caffeine or erythriol did kick you out of ketosis. Those fluctuations are perfectly within normal range. Do not try to chase the illusive "optimal ketosis"

  3. alexqndr

    I understand that fluctuations are normal, but it is strange for me to see a change of 10 points in glucose, eating exclusively something that it's supposed to not be absorbed or digested at all by the body.
    Before the mentioned coffee I measured my glucose 2 times at an hour of distance from each other and it was stable at 86. I can't help to see a suspicious spike, but I am not an expert.

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