10 Things You Need To Know About The Ketogenic Diet

2. Brief History

In 1921 endocrinologist Rollin Woodyatt discovered ketone bodies found in the liver following periods of starvation or while consuming a diet rich in fats. Russell Wilder continued this research in the early 1920s and found that this “ketogenics diet” was beneficial in the treatment of epilepsy and it gained popularity as an epilepsy therapy during the early 1900s.

What you should know: The diet as treatment was abandoned after the introduction of anticonvulsant drug therapies, but the ketogenic diet remains effective for those who suffer epilepsy or convulsions.
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