You 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?