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July 27, 2015Posted in: Diagnosis & Treatments, TS + Tagged: ,

New Evidence that Modified Atkins Diet Reduces Tics!?!

shutterstock_360556754You may have heard of the Atkins Diet, but what about the modified Atkins Diet?

This diet is high in fat. It also includes adequate protein and minimal carbs. By eating this way, you force your body and brain to use ketone bodies for energy instead of glucose. People on this diet are encouraged to eat things like bacon, butter, whipping cream and certain fruits, cheese, and veggies.

This diet has helped a number of people with seizures (50% of the people studied found that they had a greater than 50% seizure reduction and 15% became seizure-free).

Now, researchers are wondering whether it could help people with Tourette Syndrome.

To better understand this potential treatment, a group of Denmark-based researchers studied 10 children (ages 5-17) who started this diet recently. They found that some of children on the diet had a hard time sticking to it. Two of the children did stick to it for three months time and guess what? They experienced a decrease in tics! The researchers are continuing to monitor the children and will be presenting new results very soon. As always, much more study is required before this treatment approach will be understood fully.

If you’re on the Atkins or Modified Atkins Diet, we’d love to hear from you. Does it help with your tics?


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  3. I have Tourette’s and it has been especially bad recently. I’ve been on a keto/Atkins diet since before my tics started up again (they usually happen around the cold times of the year, when the weather gets really crappy.) so far, I haven’t noticed the keto diet helping or hindering the reduction of tics, and I recently ate a significant amount of carbs to test my theory of the exact opposite: go out of ketosis and into a normal “see food” diet and see what happens.

  4. Douglas H Webster says:

    i am having extreme flare ups since i have gpne back on this diet i dont know if the diet has anything to do with it

  5. I have been diagnosed with adult-onset Tourettes. Keto diet is helping me. But if I eat sugar, drink coconut water or stressed my tics flare up.

  6. I’ve only been on this diet for about 3 weeks, but I have seen a noticeable reduction in my tics. Previous they were quite severe through the day and now my tics are minimal.

  7. Encouraged Mom says:

    Hello. My son began having tics at the age of 7 after a 3 day course of broad spectrum antibiotics given in the hospital for an advanced strep infection. After he eats, he tics and forms a lot of mucous in his nose and throat. We have seen every type of medical doctor over the years. I have researched medical documents for years. We have tried every elimination diet conceived. I finally came across something that has eliminated the tics and all other symptoms. He is using two products that I found on Amazon; Fructaid and Eat Anything. Fructaid contains an enzyme that helps to process Fructose and Eat Anything contains additional ingredients to help process other carbs. So many doctors told me to give up because I would never find answers. Hopefully this will be your solution too.

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