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Hyperinsulinemia and Men's Health: Is There a Male Equivalent to PCOS?

It has long been known that polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is driven largely by chronically elevated insulin (hyperinsulinemia). PCOS is the most common endocrine abnormality among reproductive age women, affecting as much as 10% of the population (1). But if insulin is primarily a “blood sugar ...

Guide To Dairy-Free Keto Diet

Following a dairy-free lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular. Although low-carb dairy products provide health benefits and can be included on keto diets, some people do best with minimal dairy, and others must avoid it altogether. Read on to learn why going dairy-free makes sense in certain cas ...

Carbohydrate Restriction: How Low Should You Go?

A story about three studies and the evolution of our understanding of low carb diets. When adopting a carbohydrate-restricted diet, many questions arise. Such as, how much of the deficit should be compensated? What ratio of fats to proteins is ideal? These questions and more have been addressed in a ...

Can the Ketogenic Diet Enhance Endurance Performance?

The ketogenic diet has been used extensively for reasons such as treating neurological disorders like epilepsy and improving glycemic control for those with diabetes. Over the years, other applications and uses for the ketogenic diet have been explored. One of those applications is looking at how ke ...

7 Keto Foods That Can Stall Your Progress

A keto or low-carb lifestyle can be very effective for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. In addition to increasing fat burning and reducing insulin and blood sugar levels, very-low-carb diets help control appetite and promote satiety, which often leads to a spontaneous reduction in calorie ...

The Benefits and Risks of Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol has been a controversial topic for centuries. Although excessive drinking is clearly linked to risk of disease, accidents, and dependency, less evidence exists for moderate drinking. Indeed, some studies find that drinking small amounts of alcohol may actually provide some health benefits. T ...

Can a Ketogenic Diet Help Prevent and Treat Heart Disease?

In the first of the Keto & Heart Disease series, we looked at the prevalence, risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. The main predictors of developing heart disease and the markers we should be focusing on are chronic inflammation, oxidation, metabolic markers and artery plaque. Let's look at h ...

The True Cause of Heart Disease

Prevalence and Risk of Heart Disease Normally the heart pumps blood and oxygen to the body's cells through veins and arteries. Heart disease describes a group of problems that occur when the heart and blood vessels aren't working the way they should, for example a blood clot blocks an artery and the ...

Can the Ketogenic Diet Help with Migraines?

If you or someone you know experiences migraines, then you know these debilitating attacks are far more than mere headaches. In addition to severe, throbbing pain, migraines often also involve visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and ...

The Ketogenic Diet and Cognition

Many problems surrounding cognitive impairment are related to the brain's energy supply. Under normal conditions in healthy individuals, glucose easily meets the brain's energy needs. However, in various conditions of cognitive impairment, glucose is unable to fully meet these needs. The brain is ha ...

Keto and Low-Carb Diets for Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease, once a relatively uncommon condition, has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the world. Although fatty liver can lead to serious health problems, it is also very responsive to lifestyle changes, especially carb restriction. Read on to learn how a well-balanced keto or ...

7 Surprising Sources of Hidden Carbs

Following a low-carb or keto diet seems pretty easy: You simply avoid high-carb foods and stick to foods that are allowed. But in our modern world, hidden carbs seem to lurk around every corner, even in foods considered “safe.” And depending on your personal carb tolerance, they may greatly reduce y ...

The Ketone Craze - Who Really Benefits From High Ketone Levels?

When trawling recent "Keto forums" and reading people's experience with the diet, it's very noticeable that there is some sort of "ketone craze" happening. Meaning that generally healthy people who want to shed a few pounds, have more energy or improve their mental clarity are convinced that pushing ...

Can a Ketogenic Diet Help People with Acid Reflux?

If television commercials for prescription and over-the-counter antacids are any indication, acid reflux has reached epidemic proportions. Stomach acid has launched an all-out attack on people's digestion and quality of life, inching its way up into the esophagus and causing the pain and irritation ...

How Does Our Diet Affect Circadian Rhythms?

Over the past hundreds-to-thousands of years, peoples around the world have thrived on a wide variety of diets. Food has changed a lot seasonally, geographically, etc. What hasn’t changed? The 24-hour light/dark cycle to which our circadian rhythms are constantly entrained. Circadian “Phase” Shifts ...

Are Keto and Low Carb Suitable for People with Thyroid Disease?

Thyroid hormones affect nearly every system in the body and have a profound influence on metabolic rate and overall health. Because of this, conditions such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis can cause symptoms that negatively affect quality of life. Is a low-carb or keto diet helpful or harmful for people ...

Exogenous Ketones - What You Need To Know

Supplementing with ketone bodies has become increasingly popular over the past few years, when they were first made commercially available. People appear to be using these for many different reasons including that of weight loss and improved mental performance. However, the exact understanding of th ...

Benign Ketosis - Who Benefits the Most on a Ketogenic Diet?

People start following a ketogenic diet many different reasons: to lose weight or manage a health condition - eg by reducing severity of seizures in drug-resistant epilepsy. In this article, we examine the role of insulin sensitivity in our diet and look at how it affects weight loss. The Ketogenic ...