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Keto Talk (Episode 42): Keto Raised Blood Sugar, Migraines, Amino Acid Supplements, Thrifty Gene, Essential Tremors

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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 Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” 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 Adam continue answering YOUR questions about the ketogenic diet in Episode 42.

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KEY QUOTE: “Ketosis doesn’t mimic starvation. In starvation your body is forced to use ketones but there are stress hormones that kick in as well. This isn’t what happens in nutritional ketosis and it’s a fallacy to equate it with starvation.” — Dr. Adam Nally

Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 42:

– How can a low-carb, high-fat diet RAISE blood sugar?

Since I got diagnosed six months ago I’ve tried fasting, only to stop when my blood sugar went way up. This book does a great job of explaining why, and why working through that is worth it and will lead to lower sugar levels later. It also does a great job of suggesting what changes to make to make fasting safer without having access to expensive lab tests. Continuing to supplement with bone broth should stabilize electrolytes with negligible effects on insulin levels.

I do wish the book addressed those of us who get very insulin resistant on high fat diets. I’ve gone on low carb only to see my blood sugar numbers skyrocket. I switched to a fat fast only to see them keep climbing to exceed 300. I was craving rice and vegetables so I broke my fast with a big bowl and the next morning my blood sugar was down to 122. I know that there is some sort of genetic link to the 20% or so of diabetics that cannot tolerate high fat, but there is no information about that here at all.

I personally feel best and my numbers are normal when I eat moderate protein, starches only in the form of vegetables, beans, and berries, and very low fat. The problem with this is when I “cheat” and eat something bad, my numbers go higher and higher than ever before each time. Is the answer to eat high fat with something starchy once a week? Or is the answer to fast longer than when my blood sugar hits 300? I’ve been experimenting on myself for months but I still can’t seem to figure out how to reverse this. I wish the book was more comprehensive for people like me.

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1. What is the average blood glucose of someone eating a ketogenic diet?

For people on a pure ketogenic diet, what is the average blood glucose supposed to be? Jimmy, I’ve heard you say yours runs around 100 when you’re eating keto. I wonder if anyone else has levels of 55-65 and feels great like me? And do you think that in days of old for people living in Northern climates, they would have kept such low BG levels in the winter months losing the weight they put on in the summer from eating carbohydrates that were more plentiful?

Laura

2. Do you have to count free-form amino acid supplements into your total intake of protein?

The reason I am contacting you is regarding the process of gluconeogenesis or converting protein to glucose and remaining in ketosis. My questions are as follows:

– Does the body process free-form, amino acid supplements the same way as it processes amino acids provided in food?

– If I’m following a ketogenic diet and taking free-form amino acid supplements, would I have to factor in the amino acid supplements as part of the total intake of protein (so as not to go over the prescribed limit) in order to stay in ketosis?

Thank you in advance for your attention.  I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Dee Dee

3. If a pregnant woman eats keto, will that express epigenetic obesity genes in the baby forcing keto for life?

I have been researching the topic of ketosis in pregnancy as I have been using it to control latent autoimmune diabetes and I want to continue through my pregnancy (I’m currently 2 months pregnant). I’ve listened to the many podcasts you have done on the topic and know it’s is generally safe for the mother and baby.

However, my only concern is nobody seems to address the topic of epigenetics. I’ve been trawling through loads of research and blogs and reading about how ketosis metabolically mimics starvation, especially if ketone levels are high like mine with an average of 6.0 mmol. How do we know this does not send starvation signals to the fetus. Will the baby be forced to eat a ketogenic diet for life lest they suffer from obesity due to the thrifty gene being switched on?

Thanks,

Ruth

KEY QUOTE: “Regardless of the form of the protein, (free-form amino acid supplements) are still protein. It’s still susceptible if you’re consuming it beyond your body’s need for protein. In excess, that leads to gluconeogenesis.” — Jimmy Moore

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Adam, thank you for your service to our country. My dad was career Air Force, my son-in-law is currently a special forces’ officer in the Navy, and my son who is a senior in high school is planning on attending The Citadel! We are thankful for the men and women who selflessly protect and serve our country.

And thank you guys so much for the excellent information in your podcast, websites, and books.  I am a mom of 7 and have been keto-adapted for four months after following a Paleo diet for years.  I have lost 20 pounds and am down to my ideal body weight with an average blood glucose level of 77-80 each day. I feel great!

My question is for my 20 year old daughter. She is a college student majoring in culinary arts and business. She has been diagnosed with essential tremors which are affecting her ability to execute fine details in cake decorating, fine cutting skills, etc.  She currently takes a women’s probiotic, True Calm, magnesium, krill oil, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, and liver capsules. These supplements are great, but I truly believe the keto lifestyle would greatly reduce or slow the progression of the tremors.

Like most college students, she does not get enough sleep and has pressing deadlines and events to prepare for. Her recent blood work showed triglycerides at 120 and fasting glucose of 90. We have diabetes that run in our family also. My daughter has been drilled with the food pyramid in her nutrition classes, but I think she would be open to suggestions from an outside source (other than her mother!).

If she were your daughter, what would you recommend? Thank you for considering my question! I am thankful for the resources God has provided through you guys. Thank you again for educating us all.

Thanks,

Robin

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Don’t forget to check out the show notes section of Episode 42. We’ll be back next Thursday with more answers to your most pressing keto questions! If you’ve submitted a question and haven’t heard the answer yet, then tune in next week and you just might hear it. If you have a question about keto you’d like for Adam and I to address in a future episode of “Keto Talk with Jimmy Moore & The Doc,” then email it directly to me at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. Spread the word about this new podcast and let us know what you think! Be sure to leave us a review on iTunes. THANK YOU for listening!

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