Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Given that March is Epilepsy Awareness Month I felt compelled to raise awareness about the 'nutritional' aspects of Epilepsy, especially in relation to those receiving anti-epileptic medications. These medications are often prescribed long term, to both children and adults, so it's  important then to track these patients nutrional status.

Why so?

There is a strong body of evidence linking anti-seizure meds to deficiencies of particular nutrients, especially folate, B12, B3, B6, zinc and Vitamin D. The research goes on to demonstrate that the drugs work better when any nutritional deficiencies are identified and corrected.

Based on this, you would think it would be a no-brainer to monitor the 'at risk' nutrient levels of those patients taking these medications long term, wouldn't you? Especially given that a large percentage of these patients are children and are vulnerable to nutrient deficiencies at the best of times. Seemingly not.

In the interests of best medicine, given that these patients often have little choice but to stay on these meds indefinitely, let's raise awareness about the drug-nutrient interactions and contribute to improved treatment rates via monitoring 'at risk' nutrients in these people regularly.