For some younger patients with epilepsy, a neurologist may recommend the ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. This diet should only be started under the recommendation and supervision of a physician.
Exercise and Epilepsy
Exercising is another way that you can take control over your own health. Don’t allow the fear of having a seizure during an exercise deter you from staying active. Instead, talk to your doctor about what exercises are right for you. Some studies have even shown that people with epilepsy who exercise regularly have fewer seizures than those who don’t exercise regularly.
It’s best to always exercise with a friend who is aware of possible seizures and safety procedures in case you have a seizure.
Use these tips to start planning your exercise activities:
- Carry your medic alert card or wear your medic alert bracelet or necklace.
- Keep a diary of the exercises you’re doing and how they make you feel afterward.
- Find a partner near your fitness level and start off slowly.
- Wear the correct protective gear if you’re playing a contact sport, riding a bike or rollerblading.
- Take proper precautions when it comes to water activities.
- When jogging or walking, consider taking a path that’s not too far from other people, but also not on a busy street.