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Dr. Tamsin Lewis: Dangers Of Ketogenic And Low-carb Diets, And Why Females Are Higher Risk

We are joined by Dr. Tamsin Lewis, who’s become a new mom since her last appearance on EP! Read Tamsin’s pregnancy blog, mentioned on the show. You can hire Tamsin for a health consultation at Curoseven.com. This episode investigates the risks and dangers of going to low carb, and advises athletes to assess their health via blood tests, consulting with professionals, etc, before taking on any extreme diets. 1. What are the risks of going too low carb or keto; problems you can create with these diets? 2. Who should avoid extreme low carb and ketosis (<50g/day)? 3. Take home: Finding health, finding balance Defining ketosis – similar to starvation mode – use mainly fat and protein for energy – eating <50 g CHO/day – exogenous forms of ketones What are the potential risks of going too low carb or keto; problems you can create with these diets? Gastrointestinal issues – constipation, diarrhea, pain, bloating, etc – disrupting the microbiota, epigenetics, and is keto the preferred diet for you? Female specific issues – problematic for supporting a healthy female hormone environment (disruption; depletion) – high cortisol & the pregnenalone steal – signal that body Continue reading >>

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  1. DJ72

    Anybody else get them?
    I am going to be 41 in May and too young for this stuff. LOL My TOM has been good but started having hot flashes last week. They don't last long but are annoying.
    Hair loss and hot flashes. THIS IS FUN!
    But I am now officiallly 30 lbs lighter and will suck it up for the next 16 lbs!

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    Originally Posted by DJ72
    Anybody else get them?
    I am going to be 41 in May and too young for this stuff. LOL My TOM has been good but started having hot flashes last week. They don't last long but are annoying.
    Hair loss and hot flashes. THIS IS FUN!
    But I am now officiallly 30 lbs lighter and will suck it up for the next 16 lbs! Yes. I get them. Usually right after I eat my protein. It's like the fire burns hot for a bit right after I eat.
    But then I have very cold times too. Sleep with socks on now, and never ever did in my life.

  3. DJ72

    Hey Leanne! My flashes just happen whenever! But I hear ya about the cold thing too! Grrr

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Dangers Associated With Ketogenic Diets

Whether you go on a ketogenic diet for weight loss or to manage a health condition, you'll be eating fewer carbohydrates, much more fat and moderately more protein than on a typical diet. You should talk to your doctor before attempting this form of diet as it does pose some risks. When on the ketogenic diet, your body uses fat for energy rather than its standard fuel, carbohydrates. At the beginning, your body has to adjust to using a different fuel source. If the diet is initiated too quickly, or the body is having a difficult time adjusting, you can experience low blood sugar levels -- and the fatigue, headaches and other side effects that come along with it. This is typically temporary, and once the body is fully in ketosis, blood sugar levels remain very stable and typically lower than average, according to a study published in 2008 in "Epilepsia." Ketones are an acid. Therefore, when you are in ketosis, your blood can become more acidic. However, the body is very good at adapting and will produce more bicarbonate to help buffer the acid present in the body. Despite this, you should regularly check blood values to ensure the body is appropriately adjusting for the increased ac Continue reading >>

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  1. Prairie-dawg

    So I went to the pharmacy yesterday to pick up a new scale and some Ketostix. The pharmacist (who works right next door to me and I've become friendly with) asked me if I was "starting some kind of crazy diet." I told him I've started a ketogenic diet and I'm just trying it out to see if it's right for me. He asked me a few questions about it, mostly about macro ratios and if it's been working so far. When I told him about the higher fat ratio (as opposed to high protein) he seemed somewhat intrigued, but still a little skeptical. The other pharmacist who was working with him chimed in at that point. He said apparently in some Scandinavian countries, they've found that a higher fat content and fewer simple carbs in a person's diet is ideal and actually recommended. However, they both agreed that ketosis for an extended period of time can be very hard on the kidneys. I did a little investigating on my own and there's very little info regarding the long-term effects of the high fat/moderate protein/low carb keto diet. So my question is, has anybody experienced any kidney issues on this diet? Has anyone received any similar warnings from their physician?
    Pharmacist warned about kidney issues caused by long term ketosis. Seeking out facts/sources to prove or disprove this claim.

  2. cloudmind

    When I first started keto I ended up going to hospital because I had severe internal pain that wouldn't go away. Turns out I was eating far too much protein so my kidneys were giving me grief. Fixed it by upping the fat macros in my diet and I went back to being pain free. Hooray for butter and coconut oil!
    Given my experience, I can understand where the pharmacists are coming from since I think there might* have been a spate of people doing atkins-like diets with kidney problems in the past (too much protein, not enough fat).
    *rampant speculation on my part

  3. Prairie-dawg

    I don't blame them for that at all. In fact, before I really started doing my homework on keto, I used to internally roll my eyes when people would talk about low carb dieting. I think there's a lot of risidual negativity held over from the early days of Atkins regarding low carb diets. Fortunately, I'm always happy to have a teaching moment when the chance arises!

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Why Is Ketosis Is Important For Our Bodies

A lot of people are confused by the term "ketosis." You may read that it is a "dangerous state" for the body, and it does sound abnormal to be "in ketosis." But ketosis merely means that our bodies are using fat for energy. How Ketones Are Made in Our Bodies Ketones (also called ketone bodies) are molecules generated during fat metabolism, whether they are from the fat in the guacamole you just ate or fat you were carrying around your middle. When our bodies are breaking down fat for energy, most of it gets converted more or less directly to ATP. (Remember high school biology? This is the "energy molecule.") But ketones are also produced as part of the process. When people eat less carbohydrate, their bodies turn to fat for energy, so it makes sense that more ketones are generated. Some of those ketones (acetoacetate and ß-hydroxybutyrate) are used for energy; the heart muscle and kidneys, for example, prefer ketones to glucose. Most cells, including the brain cells, are able to use ketones for at least part of their energy. But there is one type of ketone molecule, called acetone, that cannot be used and is excreted as waste, mostly in the urine and breath (sometimes causing a di Continue reading >>

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  1. rsp5820

    Metformin time to clear/Liver AST ALT

    Age 62, 330# (trim=220#), fasting glucose was 90-99 for many years, recently 108. ha1c 5.4-6.4. Eat mostly paleo, few carbs. take milk thistle, NAC, many B's, and many other vitamins and supplements (mostly Life Extension), exercise daily. Cardiologist rx-d metformin 500mg in March as a cardio preventative, increased to 500mg 2x in June. In July I started frequently drowsiness toi the point where I limited my driving. Looking at my journal, I realized that metformin might be the culprit so I stopped cold turkey. Drowsiness improved daily until no more drowsiness 7 days without metformin. Two days after stopping I had routine CMP labs that showed AST (SGOT) 49 IU/L and ALT (SGPT) 67 IU/L, normally I am in high 20's for both, 30's if an infection. Questions: (1) Does metformin cause drowsiness (in general), (2) does metformin harm or burden liver , (3) how long should I wait for metformin to clear by body before repeating CMP? My GP wanted liver ultrasound ($$$ even with insurance) but agreed to wait 4 weeks and repeat CMP. I just got hosed $3,131 for a basic echocardiogram at this hospital so I will definitely shop around if I really need the liver ultrasound after all. BTW the CMP costs $35 at Life Extension and from the doctor "about $150" (no details yet) - and both are done at Labcorp.

  2. furball64801

    Hi and welcome to DD did you test your blood sugar at home when you felt that way. For most metformin will not do what you described. It can take up to 30 days for met to clear a body but everyone is very different.

  3. JohnC3

    Liver toxicity is rare but it has happened.

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