82: High Blood Glucose While Eating Keto, Increased Gas, Unrelenting Constipation, Why Skin Health Improves, Lack Of Hunger On Keto

82: High Blood Glucose While Eating Keto, Increased Gas, Unrelenting Constipation, Why Skin Health Improves, Lack Of Hunger On Keto

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If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing cohosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is cohosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Pittsburgh, PA functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole from DrWillCole.com who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Will get to the heart of your low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic questions in Episode 82.

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Here’s what Jimmy and Will talked about in Episode 82:

HOT TOPICS:

  1. Carb cycling
  2. improving health vs. losing weight
  3. which is more important—macronutrients or micronutrients?

‘Fat but fit’ still has higher risk of heart disease, study confirms

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LCHF/Keto in Brazil: Contra a corrente, avança a dieta com base em gorduras (Google Translate: Against the current, advances the diet based on fats)

– Why would my blood glucose levels go extremely high after beginning on a well-formulated ketogenic diet? Is it possible keto actually caused this to happen?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Will,

I’m having a reaction to the keto diet that I think you may find interesting and can chime in with a few thoughts for me about it. Although I am experiencing quite a few benefits eating this way, it appears the ketogenic approach just isn’t working for my blood glucose levels. I’ve been eating keto for 5 weeks averaging around 26g total carbs each day, 70g protein, and 220g fat. This is tracked closely by a dietitian and my blood ketones which are measured by a finger prick are consistently above .5 mmol and usually averages around 1. However, my fasting blood glucose hovers around 200 and seems to be steadily increasing.

Here’s the thing: I’m not diabetic. My fasting blood glucose before keto was 93 and my A1c was 5.5. Pre-keto, while I was eating just low carb with about 70-100g/day of carbohydrates, my insulin levels were low at 1.2. It’s possible that going keto has exposed an underlying problem, but it seems to me that it’s also possible that keto caused the problem I’m now having with my blood sugar levels and that the diet just doesn’t work for me. I’m really trying to figure out which one of these it is.

Any assistance you can give about this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for this podcast and keep up the great work!

David

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Hi Jimmy and Will,

I am having with my morning fasted blood sugar readings in the 120s and 130s and sometimes as high as in the 180s. Two weeks ago, I was put on 1500mg of Metformin and a ketogenic diet with regular periods of fasting for 18 hours a day. So far I’ve lost 14 pounds, but this blood sugar thing is frustrating for me. I hope you have some answers for me.

Thank you,

From a very stressed out Tony

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1. Why am I experiencing an increased amount of gas since adopting a ketogenic diet?

Hey Jimmy and Will,

I have been eating ketogenic for about three months and while I feel pretty good overall, I have encountered a few issues that seem to be sticking around. I have been experiencing dry skin, which is very unusual in the middle of a humid summer in upstate New York. I have also been having some digestive issues that show up as gas. I do eat very healthy with high quality fats, including grass-fed and pastured meats and eggs, unrefined coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, avocados, coconut milk, coconut butter, and some nuts and seeds. But I know I am experiencing more gas than I should and I’m not sure what may be causing this. I don’t eat any grains, dairy, or legumes, but something is disturbing my digestion in the worst way. Also, I’ve noticed my acne has been consistently been pretty bad as well since going keto. I would greatly appreciate any insights you can give me into these issues. Thanks for your help!

Jerry

2. What can I do about the unrelenting constipation I am feeling while on a ketogenic diet?

Hey guys,

I’ve been eating low-carb, then keto going on five years now and I love it. But biggest side effect that I’ve experienced is unrelenting constipation. When I ate the SAD diet, I was regular everyday. But as soon as I go low-carb/keto, it’s a big problem. I consume avocados, greens, and/or broccoli everyday. Additionally, I eat up to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and it doesn’t seem to help at all. A famous ketogenic doctor told me to take milk of magnesia and I tried up to 3-4 teaspoons at night and still not regular. Yes, I definitely go more often when I take that, but I don’t want to have to take a whole bottle every single week. I drink plenty of water with up to 3 teaspoons of sea salt in it. I also supplement with magnesium malate since the citrate version creates a more laxative effect. So it doesn’t appear that I’m dehydrated or lacking electrolytes. The only thing I can think of that it could possibly be is stress. I’m not overly stressed but do have my moments. Please help me figure out how to get this constipation under control while eating keto.

Thank you,

Leonard

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3. What is it about the low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet that improves skin health so much?

Dear Jimmy & Dr. Will,

First of all, welcome to Dr. Will who I think brings a fresh new perspective that I like to Keto Talk. On his first episode, Will mentioned as an aside that eating keto can be very good for the skin. This resonated with me because I have seen that happening in my own ketogenic journey. I used to experience super dry skin prior to eating keto using expensive moisturizers and even those didn’t help me. After 3-4 months of eating keto, I noticed my skin was super moist without any moisturizers…even when I am getting lots of sun at the beach. Amazing! So my question for you guys is this: Why is a ketogenic diet so beneficial for the skin?

Thank you for answering my question,

Miguel

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– Why am I never feeling any hunger on keto? What’s the mechanism going on inside that body that it keeping me so satiated all the time.

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

I have been listening to your podcasts for many years, Jimmy, but I have never heard the answer to the following question—Why do I never feel any hunger while eating keto? I will feel a little dizzy sometimes and even have difficulty thinking from time to time, but never any hunger. I am reading your book Keto Clarity to learn more of the nuances of nutritional ketosis and to help me understand what is going on in my body better. This lack of hunger thing is driving me crazy trying to figure it out.

Keep up the good work. You are making a difference in this world and for that, I thank you.

Lorna

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‘Fat but fit’ still has higher risk of heart disease, study confirms
MEDICAL EVANGELISM: A HAND OUT FOR BAD DIET ADVICE?  and LIFESTYLE MEDICINE: FRONT IN BIG RELIGION’S WAR ON RED MEAT?
HEALTH: Cholesterol: why it needs a rethink
LCHF/Keto in Brazil: Contra a corrente, avança a dieta com base em gorduras (Google Translate: Against the current, advances the diet based on fats)
STUDY: HIIT fights insulin resistance in women at risk of type 2 diabetes
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