The Ketogenic Diet
There has been some discussion and questions about which scale is adequate for use with the Ketogenic Diet. HBI has developed several scales that are particularly suited for this use. It is important to use a 0.01 gram measuring scale for this requirement. In addition the weighing device must be portable in order to ensure that your customer will be able to travel with the scale and take it to restaurants. While a table sized balance may be slightly more accurate, we have seen over the past 10 years that most long term users of weighing devices for the Ketogenic Diet prefer portability over extreme accuracy. The needs of a consumer seeking weighing devices for the Ketogenic Diet differ slightly from that of a Diabetic sugar monitor weighing requirement. While both do require high precision, Ketogenic weighing often requires more precision with less tolerance. As a matter of policy We do not recommend any scales and ask you to tell your customers to speak with their physician for the proper scale required for the patient’s needs.
This information is provided with assistance by our friends at Balances.com and is NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. The Ketogenic Diet rigid diet is for the treatment of epileptic seizures, either in conjunction with, or in place of anticonvulsant. The diet is recommended for seizure control when anti-convulsants and medications have failed. The diet is thought to help in children under 10 years of age, mostly because of compliance problems, but can be used in older children and adults.
The Ketogenic Diet is a therapeutic and specially calculated diet that is high in fat and low in protein and carbohydrates. The stringent, mathematically calculated diet when followed conscientiously produces a by-product called ketones in patients' blood and urine. High concentrations of ketones in the body control the frequency and severity of seizures, although the biochemical mechanisms for this phenomenon are not yet known.
The diet must be done with medical supervision and treated with the same respect as any other anticonvulsant medication. Approximately half of the children who go on the diet become seizure free, and another large percentage have enough improvement to continue the diet.
"Improvement" may be seizure control, decrease in frequency, decrease in severity, decrease in medications, cognitive improvement, and/or improvement in physical ability. A properly trained physician, nurse, dietitian, or a health provider should be pursued for the correct initiation, maintenance and completion of the diet.
Most patients remain on this diet for at least two years, during which time medications may be reduced and even discontinued. Although the diet is high-fat, patients do not gain weight because their caloric intake is restricted to 75 percent of their required daily allowance. The diet is supplemented with vitamins and calcium, so patients do not suffer from any nutritional imbalance. It is extremely important to weigh all foods and calculate protein and caloric percentages during the entire diet. Certain scales such as the Palmscale PS8-300 are particularly well suited as the calculation function can be used to compute caloric intake.
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