Hormone and Diabetes Support on Keto

Keto works differently for diabetic patients. You may think that eating fat might be counterproductive for people with diabetes, but it is not. Keto allows your body to need less insulin, which keeps your blood sugar stable. Usually, most diabetic patients are overweight or obese, so a high-fat diet doesn’t seem a good idea. People often think that eating fat is the reason for weight gain. However, it is not true. Eating carb-rich foods and lack of physical activity are the reasons people gain weight.   

    Keto for diabetic patients does wonders because the diet lowers blood sugar production. However, if you are a diabetic patient, then you need to be a bit more careful. Sometimes, diabetic patients eat a lot of high-calorie foods when they are on keto. This is a misguided approach to keto. When you stop or limit eating carb-rich foods, it mitigates the vicious cycle of obesity. Women with diabetes need less insulin when they follow the keto diet because it keeps their blood sugar under control.   

    However, you need to be aware of the risks associated with tackling diabetes with keto. First, some women start to eat high-fat foods without limit. However, they must specifically eat foods high in unsaturated fats. The foods rich in unsaturated fats include oil, avocado, peanut butter, nuts, fatty fish, and seeds. Women with diabetes particularly need to watch out for foods high in saturated fats.   

    Diabetic women have to follow a few keto principles even if they are not following the keto diet. For example, they have to lower carb consumption to lower blood sugar surges. When you start a keto diet with diabetes, you need to monitor the level of ketones in your system. If your ketones reach a certain threshold—240 mg/dL on your blood sugar tester—then this puts you at high risk for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).   

    Another important point is keeping your doctor up to date about you starting the keto diet. Your doctor should know what you are eating and how you are following the keto diet. Women who have diabetes and follow the ketogenic diet do not need to take any prescription drugs. In addition, these women also notice greater weight loss.

    Even if you do not have diabetes, you might be curious about how the ketogenic diet could influence your hormones. Let’s discuss: 

    •       Three major changes happen to a woman’s hormones when she starts to consume fewer carbs. First, her serotonin levels change. Insulin metabolism and progesterone also change as a result of lower carb intake. Hormone levels themselves can have a dramatic effect on a woman’s weight. If your hormones change too quickly, this can make you put on weight because of the insulin increase that often accompanies a change in hormones.   

    •       Fat for better hormone support: Around 75% of your calories come from healthy fats (such as high-fat foods, olive oil, butter, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, and avocados) when you follow the ketogenic diet. These good fats are building blocks of hormones such as testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen.   

    •       Insulin sensitivity: The keto diet restricts carbohydrates to around 20 to 50 grams daily. This has a dramatic effect on insulin production. Regular insulin production can trigger abnormal blood sugar levels. These abnormal blood sugar levels can force your sex hormone to drop. The keto diet makes your body more insulin sensitive. When your body is insulin sensitive, a variety of good things starts to happen—you lower your risk of heart disease, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. Women tend not to have night sweats and hot flashes.   

    •       Eases PMS: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) produces many uncomfortable symptoms, including fatigue, acne, depression, irritability, moodiness, cravings, and cramps. It can also cause progesterone and estrogen production imbalance.   

    •       PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS, can lower sex hormone production in women. Additionally, a woman with PCOS is often overweight, develops insulin resistance, and has poor blood sugar regulation.       

•       Adrenals: When we suffer from stress, the adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol to combat it.  Too much cortisol production can imbalance your body’s production of testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. This can lower your sex drive, causes muscle loss, and burnout. Following a keto diet can help you combat these issues.

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