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Constant Flow of Discoveries

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When I started eating VLCHF, now referred to as Keto, I slowly became aware of its health benefits, beyond my initial weight loss. This blog is filled with those stories. That was over 10 years ago, when eating this way was considered “crazy” and “stupid.” Times they are a changin’.

There have been a series of reports on a recent study about the benefits of eating a ketogenic diet and Type 1 Diabetes. Here is the link to the New York Times report: How a Low-Carb Diet Might Aid People With Type 1 Diabetes.

Even with the positive results, you get the concept – “Oh that’s all well and good but nobody can follow that diet.”

Dr. Joyce Lee, a diabetes expert at the University of Michigan who was not involved in the study, said the findings were impressive and merited further follow-up, and that patients who wanted to explore a low-carb approach might do so while being monitored by their health care team. But she also noted that the patients in the new study were a “highly motivated” group, and that it would be difficult for many people to adopt the restrictive regimen they followed.

“The reality is that it’s really hard to do low-carb, given our cultural norms,” said Dr. Lee, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

Maybe our “Cultural Norms” need changing.

Recently there was a study on mice indicating that a ketogenic diet might help prevent or glaucoma. Here is a link to one of the reports on that study.

The results, published in the journal JNeurosci, found that feeding mice, genetically modified to develop glaucoma, a ketogenic diet composed of nearly 90 per cent fat for two months protected retinal cells from degeneration by increasing energy availability.

Although further research into this intervention is required, these findings suggest that a ketogenic diet may help to maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, the researchers said.

Ok – let us see if our cultural norms get in the way of our seeing clearly.

 

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I’ll Drink to That!

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There are so many articles online – against VLCHF eating that it is nice to find one that is either humorous and/or interesting. I found one that links the effects of alcohol on  those that are eating VLCHF – Ketogenic diet. Check out this Article. 

Now follow that up with this Article on Vodka – which is a VLC adult beverage.

End result – the original TNT Diet book – which said that 2 shots of Vodka a day falls within the parameters of eating a ketogenic diet. – wasn’t wrong.

 

Lactose Intolerance and Ketogenic Diets

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Let me fess up – I’ve suffered from Lactose Intolerance since my late teens. Actually ended up in the hospital for 5 days while they tried to diagnose what was going on. This was long – long ago – before LI became a known condition. The diagnosis – Colitis. What should I do? Drink Milk! That was the knowledge base of those days – yes – the early 60’s.

It wasn’t until the early 70’s that the condition was identified and then it was many years before various brands of lactase enzyme came onto the market and became affordable.

A secondary benefit of a Ketogenic or VLCHF diets is the reduction of Dairy Sugar in your diet. No more milk. No more ice cream. No more – No more. Yes the pills are there – but if you are not eating foods with a high lactose content – then you either don’t need the pills or you need less of them.

Suffering through LI teaches you to be cautious and always pop a pill. But to what extent is it necessary? 

What dairy products do I eat? Butter, Heavy Cream, Sour Cream, and Cheeses – of many different varieties. I’ve learned to look at labels. So many products have milk added back in. Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream and various types of cheeses. Instead of <1 gram of Carbs – all of a sudden there are >2 or 3. It may be trivial in my carb intake – but it alerts me to the need for taking an enzyme pill with the food.

Swiss Cheese is my favorite – if it has not been adulterated – it is lactose free. The harder the cheese – the less lactose.

As with so many aspects of eating this way – it took me time to realize that I was buying fewer and fewer pills to help me with my inability to digest dairy products.

I went looking for the amount of lactose in various dairy products and came upon this site and chart.

As part of my exercise regime, I use a Low Carb whey protein powder produced by Isopure. It is Lactose Free. 

So many benefits in eating this way. I’m One happy Guy.

Diabetes and a Very Low Carb Nutrition Plan

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I’ve previously written about jessemaa’s experience with going Very Low Carb High Fat – a/k/a Ketogenic diet. He is a guy who participates in the 52 Day Challenge. His wife has been an insulin dependent Diabetic for the last 25 year. She is now managing her diabetes almost solely with diet. She is doing this under a Doctor’s supervision – smart Lady.

Others on the 52DC have mentioned that they are pre-diabetes or in the earliest stages. Jessemaa put forth a discussion post to provide some of his and his wife’s experiences with going Ketogenic. Here is the Link to the Discussion.

I find it interesting to hear other people’s experiences with eating VLCHF, especially since it has now become a popular diet for our celebrity crowd.

My friend has lost 34 pounds and is almost back to her wedding weight. Her 12 yo son is down 18 pounds and looks fantastic. His doc was shocked.

Still – there is so much miss information, such as ketones are the cause of the weight loss – so take supplements that produce ketones in the presence of carbs and lose weight. Really? Might as well try Snake Oil.

Take a few minutes and read the discussion. Then take a couple of more minutes and tell us about your experience.

I am not an experiment.

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When you tell people that you are eating a LC-Normal Protein-HF or Ketogenic diet, the knee jerk reactions kick in. We’ve all heard them. They fall into several categories.

(1) This is just one more fad diet.

(2) Eating LCHF is unhealthy because ____________ Fill in the blank.

(3) You really only lose water weight.

(4) You can’t sustain this type of eating long term.

and the real reason –

(5) I could never give up pasta.

fad diet Any of a number of weight-reduction diets that either eliminate one or more of the essential food groups, or recommend consumption of one type of food in excess at the expense of other foods. Fad diets rarely follow sound nutritional principles for weight loss, which focus on ingesting fewer calories and/or consuming more energy through exercise; fad diets are generally not endorsed by the medical profession. Segen’s Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

This common definition of a Fad Diet could apply to eating a Low Fat diet that has been the be-all-and-end-all Doctor recommended eating plan for the last 40+ years. It would also include a vegetarian or vegan eating plan.  But it is the Low Carb – Normal Protein – High Fat diet that gets the pejorative “Fad” label.

It is now more than 10 years (21 days more) since I started eating this way. I guess that means that I am an oddity, since “you” can not sustain this way of eating.

A friend – who is on month 4 – commented that this is the easiest way of eating. She is really happy with it.

I have not sustained any health detriments – and I have a physical every 6 months, along with every other type of health check up that insurance will pay for. Here are my latest Lipid numbers as of 4/1/17:

  • Cholesterol Total: 203 (100-199)
  • Tryglycerides: 43 (0-149)
  • HDL Cholesterol: 114 (>39)
  • VLDL Cholesterol Calc: 9 (5-40)
  • LDL Cholesterol Calc: 80 (0-99)

My Doc doesn’t give a hoot about my Total – given my HDL and Tryglyceride numbers.

My fasting glucose: 98 (65-99)

My pulse rate was 60. Actually when I checked it – 55.

And interestingly my blood pressure was 112/64 – pretty much the lowest it has been in ages – probably since my mid 20s. I commented – “Gee – maybe I don’t need the BP meds anymore.” These were prescribed when I was 80 pounds heavier and reduced when I reduced.

Nope – he wants to keep the pressure low so that it will not stress the aortic artery. Ok – a fog rolled over my brain when he started his explanation. Hopefully – continuing on the meds will not harm me.

But – a one person experience (experiment) is not enough to save the day from the nay sayers. 

10th Anniversary – Missed it!

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10th Anniversary

 

Yikees! I missed my 10th Anniversary. No – not my wedding anniversary – but – March 12, 2007 – the day I started eating VLCHF and Exercising.

Wait – 99% of all Nutritionists and Dietitians claim that no one can sustain this type of eating for more than a couple of months and then they put the weight back on plus some.

Missing this important date – tells me one thing – this way of life – has become my New Normal.

Thank you one and all for joining me on this journey. 

Ketogenic Diet and Gout

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One of the aspects of a VLCHF diet that continually surprises me is the impact of its anti-inflammatory effect. I’ve reported about this from both personal experiences and the experiences of others.

Now – a new Study speaks to the possibility that a Ketogenic diet may protect against gout.

New research from the laboratory of Vishwa Deep Dixit – professor of comparative medicine and immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT – suggests that the so-called ketogenic diet may help to relieve the symptoms of gout.

Dixit and colleagues conclude that: “Collectively, our studies show that BHB, a known alternate metabolic fuel, is also an anti-inflammatory molecule that may serve as a treatment for gout.”

Emily Goldberg, co-author on the study, associate research scientist, and clinical veterinarian in comparative medicine, explains the findings:

“In isolated neutrophils, [BHB] completely blocked NLRP3 inflammasome activation, even when provided at low concentrations that are physiologically achievable through dietary modification.”

She also suggests that targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome to reduce inflammation during a flare may improve the gout patients’ symptoms. However, she admits that more studies are needed to test this possibility.

This is a whole different spin on dietary modifications for the treatment and avoidance Gout outbreaks.

The studies just keep coming in.

 

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