93: Carbs & Joint Pain, White Blood Cell Count, Lost Period, Dry Skin, High Calcium & Insulin Resistance, Vocal Changes On Keto

93: Carbs & Joint Pain, White Blood Cell Count, Lost Period, Dry Skin, High Calcium & Insulin Resistance, Vocal Changes On Keto


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 Kick off a Keto New Year in Episode 93.


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“If fiber is your argument for grains, green leafy keto friendly vegetables have lots more fiber. The fiber industry has brilliant marketing, but it’s not true.” – Dr. Will Cole

Here’s what Jimmy,Will, and Dr. Diulus talked about in Episode 93:

Why cutting out carbs is making you fat

Why am I not losing weight?

Keto diet burns TEN TIMES more fat than a standard diet – even without exercise, finds study

Do not eat your veggies — if they are grown in your front yard, Miami Shores says

‘Doctors should make more effort to reduce surgery on patients’ by Dr. Aseem Maholtra

– Why do all carbohydrates seem to wreak havoc on my joints and what exactly does keto do to make the pain go away?

Love you guys and Keto Talk! I have a question that’s bugging me because I haven’t found an adequate answer to it yet. What exactly is the science behind WHY carbohydrates, even the so-called whole food ones, make my joints hurt? And why does eating keto cure my joint pain? I love that I have a natural cure for this annoying issue, but I still want to know why! Thanks for doing what you do!


– STUDY: Cinnamon may help attack fat, fight obesity, study finds

1. Why did my white blood cell count drop to “very low” levels since I went keto?

What can I do to raise it back up again? Hi guys, I love the show and especially love your passion for this topic. I have a question for you to address that is a bit concerning. My wife and I are both 55 years old and in very good health. We went Paleo a couple of years ago and became fully keto last year. My wife had blood work done recently that showed her white blood cell count was very low at 2.9. See below. In looking back at one of her pre-keto labs from 2015, her WBC was low at that time as well at 4.1. But now it has dropped into the “very low” range of 2.9 since going fully keto. Is there any relationship between being in a state of nutritional ketosis and low white blood cell count? Do you have any recommendations on how to boost her WBC? Should I increase my protein?

Thank you for all you do!


“I think the side benefits other than weight loss are what make people really embrace the keto lifestyle.” – Jimmy Moore

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2. Why did I lose my period when I started eating keto?

Why is my skin still so dry despite eating a ketogenic diet? Dear Jimmy and Will, I thoroughly enjoy listening to Keto Talk. I’ve been eating this way for a few months and really feel great. I have always been sporty and active living at a healthy weight with a good diet. But I have suffered from multiple illnesses over the years, including orthostatic hypotension, hypermobility spectrum disorder, psoriasis, and very dry skin especially on my forearms and shins. Much to my amazement, since adopting a keto lifestyle, my balance has completely resolved after two decades of problems with this! Additionally, the psoriasis appears to be settling down. After listening to so many of your podcasts, I realize my multiple illnesses, 10 years of PTSD, and 8 concussions have caused some major inflammation in my body. So with all this context about me, here are my two concerns: Why have my periods stopped since going keto when I’ve always been regular before? Is this normal hormonal reaction and when should I expect it to restart? And why is my skin still very dry? Will it eventually clear up?

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions.


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3. Can you explain the relationship between insulin resistance and high calcium levels in easy-to-understand language?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole! I recently figured out that I have hyperparathyroidism (hypothyroid, but hyperPARAthyroid) because I kept having high calcium levels and ending up in the hospital with AFIB. I started searching everything I could about this condition and what could be contributing to it. Now I’m wondering if my continued insulin resistance and need for insulin despite being keto for several years might somehow be related. To my surprise, a search on hyperparathyroidism and insulin resistance brought up some interesting information on this very subject! Can you explain in everyday language what the connection might be between this condition and IR and if there is reason to have hope that this might play a part in my insulin resistance improving more now that I’ve had the bad gland removed? I’m only a couple of weeks out of surgery but other symptoms I was experiencing have already gotten much better! I’m just really hoping this will be yet another benefit and want to better understand how high calcium levels impact insulin resistance.

Thanks for your help!


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Why did my voice change to sound like an old man since I started eating a ketogenic diet? Hey Jimmy and Dr. Cole, You guys can count me as another person who has experienced vocal issues that have popped up since starting on the ketogenic diet. I started eating keto in July and by September I noticed my voice started sounding fuzzy like a very old man. You’ve briefly addressed this issue before stating that a common culprit is coffee consumption, but I don’t drink very much coffee and in fact a lot less of it since I switched to keto. I also don’t eat chocolate or peppermint. Any clue why I sound like the old guy in the Up movie?

Thanks for your help.



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