90: Weak Immunity, Steroids And Weight Gain, Excessive Dental Plaque, Keto At An Advanced Age, Sugar In Frozen Vegetables

90: Weak Immunity, Steroids And Weight Gain, Excessive Dental Plaque, Keto At An Advanced Age, Sugar In Frozen Vegetables


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 root of all of your low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic questions in Episode 90.

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Here’s what Jimmy and Will talked about in Episode 90:

COMMENT FROM A LISTENER responding to a question from Episode 86:

Dear Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

Just listened to the podcast where the guy was having diverticulitis now that he is Keto. I guarantee if he stops eating nuts other than nut flours it will stop. Nut particles get caught in the aging bowel and start pockets of infection. Nuts are terrible for diverticulitis.

Love the show and always listen in way over here in wild Western Australia! Quite a strong keto population here.

Keep on keeping on.


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– Will eating a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet help me counteract my weak immunity and dairy sensitivity?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

I’m a recent Keto Talk listener who appreciates your expert analysis on the ketogenic lifestyle. I am new to trying keto and admittedly have been failing at sticking with it lately due to added stress from my job. I’m hoping your podcast will motivate me so I can finally fight through these challenges and become a happy, keto-adapted person. My question for you guys is about catching the common cold. Over the past year, I have had three colds which included an acute upper respiratory infection during the winter that then turned into a sinus infection which took two months to recover from. I have always had a sensitivity to dairy and have noticed a distinct correlation between dairy consumption and my lowered immunity to colds as well as other gastrointestinal symptoms. Doctors usually just dismiss my claims and usually just give me medications for dealing with my symptoms. So with all this background in mind, will a low-carb, high-fat, keto approach help me counteract my weak immunity and tolerate dairy again? I’m so tired of the runny noses.

Thanks for your help!


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1. Will the steroid I have to take for my Polymyalgia Rheumatica make me store the fat I’m consuming on my ketogenic diet? Should I do extended fasts to deal with this?

Hey Jimmy and Will,

I’ve been doing well on less than 20g carbs/day consumed in a single midday meal and working out vigorously with treadmill at an incline and six-mile bike rides. All was going well and I never felt the need to test for ketones. Unfortunately, I was suddenly diagnosed with a horrible inflammatory disorder called Polymyalgia Rheumatica and the only treatment for it is the steroid prednisone which causes an insulin response that can eventually lead to Type 2 diabetes. Sadly, I have to take this steroid for the time being and I’m concerned pairing it with my low-carb, high fat diet will lead to massive weight gain in the belly due to the extra fat since my body will have a more difficult time breaking down fat stores. I’ve only been on the prednisone for a few days, but I’m trying to deal with this now before it becomes a problem. Do you have any ideas about whether my concerns are justified or not? Should I try doing longer than 24 hour fasts to help? Looking forward to your guidance.



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2. Will a ketogenic diet help reduce the excessive plaque formation on my teeth?

Hey guys,

I recently started the ketogenic diet and I am doing well so far. I don’t think I’m fat-adapted yet but I know it will come. My question for you guys is about dental health. I have always had to have my teeth thoroughly and professionally cleaned every three months to deal with excessive plaque formation. I am wondering if eating keto will enable me to see a reduction in plaque formation on my teeth. Thanks in advance.


3. Are there any concerns about someone in an advanced age starting a ketogenic diet for health?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

I recently spent two weeks with my mom who is a stubborn 76 year old Type 2 diabetic and she is determined to eat sweets now and then because she just “has to have them.” Sadly, she covers these sugary dalliances with insulin. She’s lost 15 pounds this year from simply cutting calories, but she’s still eating things like Saltines every single night. While her A1c has gone down, it’s still at 8.0. I made her listen to the Keto Clarity audiobook on a long car ride and we got through the first 10 chapters with her hanging on every word. Thanks to your book, Jimmy, she wanted to try to make a change in her diet for the first time ever. It is VERY unusual for her to be interested in anything new, so needless to say I was excited.

My question for you guys is about her advanced age. Does she need to be more careful than a younger person incorporating a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic approach into her healthy lifestyle? I would hate to be the person who is recommending all of these improvements for her only to learn that it may negatively impact her health. She sees her doctor regularly, but I don’t know whether he is familiar with the keto way of eating for health improvements. She is also on blood pressure medication and a statin for high cholesterol! Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom about someone in their late 70s who may JUST BE STARTING down this path!



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– Do frozen vegetables still contain a sugar water bath that would make them problematic for people eating keto?

Hi Jimmy and Will,

I have been seeing a kinesiologist who supports eating keto. But he told me I needed to stay away from consuming frozen vegetables since he learned many years ago that they include a sugar water bath to preserve their color and taste. He said it’s not required to be listed in the ingredients and wasn’t sure if this practice was still going on. Is this something I need to be concerned about that could sabotage my ketogenic diet?


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– Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb”
– DR. Will Cole D.C. from DrWillCole.com

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