New Delhi: A diet high in fats and low in carbohydrates may help reduce epileptic seizures. The ‘classic’ ketogenic diet  have been shown to be effective in controlling seizures in children.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in whole foods can help the body and brain to function normally. This, in turn, will promote health, reducing the risk of epileptic seizures,
said Dr Naresh Purohit, Executive Member of the Indian Academy of Neurology.

Principal Investigator and Executor of the Tropical Neurology Group of the World Federation of Neurology Dr Purohit said here in a release on the occassion of National Epilepsy Day that 70% epilepsy patients can be cured and others can be helped to lead a better life. 80% patients in low income countries are still untreated because of lack of knowledge and non-availability of medicines.

Acclaimed Epidemiologist Dr Purohit averred that India has nearly 12 million persons with epilepsy.Main reason for recurrent epileptic attacks is not taking medicines regularly.

He pointed that epileptic patients suffer from  breakthrough seizures during festive season.
Possible reasons could be air pollution, sound pollution, change in diet, excitement, lack of sleep and skipping medicines.

Noted medic averred that epilepsy is considered a major social stigma in many parts of our country and there are various misconceptions about epilepsy so many patients do not consult doctors. 

He advised that family members and people with epilepsy should not hide their condition. They should consult a specialist medic, take regular treatment and lead a normal life.

Executive Member of the Indian Epilepsy Association Dr Purohit cautioned that there are other conditions which look like epilepsy but in actuality that’s not the case. 

“If epilepsy is suspected, one should not  hide it and consult  doctor for a proper diagnosis. If the treatment starts early then a majority of the patients with epilepsy can be cured. proper diagnosis is crucial,” he added.

Noted physician Dr Purohit further said that at present there is no information to suggest that either epilepsy or its treatment (anti-epileptic drugs, most commonly) will in any way make a person susceptible to COVID-19. Indeed, there is no suggestion that people with epilepsy have any special immune vulnerability either. However, the stress a pandemic of this nature can induce in people, the sleep deprivation and attendant lifestyle changes, can all make a person already vulnerable to seizures, express them more frequently.