Diet therapy for narcolepsy.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The effects of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet (LCKD) on sleepiness and other narcolepsy symptoms were studied. Nine patients with narcolepsy were asked to adhere to the Atkins' diet plan, and their symptoms were assessed using the Narcolepsy Symptom Status Questionnaire (NSSQ). The NSSQ-Total score decreased by 18% from 161.9 to 133.5 (p = 0.0019) over 8 weeks. Patients with narcolepsy experienced modest improvements in daytime sleepiness on an LCKD.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Husain, AM; Yancy, WS; Carwile, ST; Miller, PP; Westman, EC

Published Date

  • June 22, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 2300 - 2302

PubMed ID

  • 15210901

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1526-632X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1212/wnl.62.12.2300


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States