The impact of a long-term ketogenic diet was studied in five people with Lafora disease. Although the diet was well-tolerated by patients, it did not stop disease progression or improve symptoms. However, given the small study population, the researchers could not exclude the possibility that a ketogenic diet has the potential to slow down the disease progression. Larger studies are needed to evaluate the impact of a ketogenic diet in treating patients with Lafora disease.
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