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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

The Low Carb Universe - KetoLadies

Hey friends, I'm excited to announce the first ever low-carb event for keto ladies in Europe! It will take place in the beautiful Mallorca in Spain in just one month and I will be sharing my 7-year low-carb living experience. When I attended The Low Carb Universe in November last year, I had an amaz ...

The Ketogenic Diet for Alzheimer's Disease

In part 1 of this look at Alzheimer's disease (AD), I introduced the concept of Alzheimer's as a metabolic condition. The primary driver of the disease pathology, and what's mainly responsible for the memory loss, cognitive impairment, personality changes and other signs and symptoms, is that neuron ...

Is Alzheimer's a Metabolic Disease?

Whether you’re new to a ketogenic diet or have been following one for a while, you’ve probably heard this way of eating is beneficial for fat loss, diabetes (both type 2 and type 1), metabolic syndrome, PCOS, and more. But what might come as a surprise is that this low-carb, high-fat way of eating i ...

Peanuts on a Ketogenic Diet: Eat or Avoid?

People who follow a keto lifestyle typically avoid legumes because they are high in carbs. However, peanuts are often viewed as an exception and treated more like tree nuts than legumes. On the other hand, there may be legitimate concerns about consuming peanuts, especially in large amounts. This ar ...

Caffeine on a Ketogenic Diet: Friend or Foe?

Caffeine is one of the most popular ingredients worldwide. Although it provides many benefits, caffeine can have negative effects as well. Whether caffeinated beverages are mostly helpful, potentially counterproductive, or neutral for people on keto or low-carb diets is somewhat controversial. This ...

High Cholesterol on a Keto Diet - Should You Be Concerned?

As keto and low-carb diets have become increasingly popular, some people who follow this way of eating have noticed a sharp rise in their LDL cholesterol. Understandably, most have become concerned, since elevated LDL is typically considered a major heart disease risk factor. However, the reason for ...