Can Keto Curtail Menopausal Symptoms?
– We know by now that
hormones play a huge role
in so many things within our body.
They can play a role when
it comes down to our mood,
they can play a role when it comes down
to our body composition, our hunger,
and a number of other things.
We also know now that the keto diet
plays a big role in modulating hormones.
So, this means that if we’re having
any shift or change in hormones,
that the ketogenic diet might just be
a great way to help level
that out a little bit.
I’m Thomas DeLauer with Keto-Mojo,
and today we’re going to
specifically talk about menopause
and the effect the ketogenic diet has
on the hormone shifts
within the menopause cycle.
So, simply put, menopause
is a shift in hormones.
Okay, it’s a shift in estrogen,
where estrogen is reduce,
and it’s an increase
in follicle-stimulating hormone,
and a modulation of the
luteinizing hormone as well.
In essence, what that means is
normally triggers the ovaries
to start producing an egg,
and the luteinizing hormone therefore
allows the ovaries to release that egg.
So, as a female ages, these
hormones obviously change.
Because there’s less of
a production of an egg,
these hormones shift to balance out,
which means that estrogen levels fall
hormone ends up increasing.
because it’s seeing this decline
in estrogen and progesterone,
and it’s trying to ramp up production.
So, follicle-stimulating hormone ramps up
to try to release more of the eggs
and try to release more estrogen,
but it just can’t because
biologically the body has changed.
So, as a result of this, we start to see
some changes in insulin.
And believe it or not, when
it comes down to menopause
and menopause symptoms,
a lot of it actually
has to do with insulin.
See, lower levels of insulin
cause a specific type
of insulin resistance,
which means that the
cells are no longer able
to really see carbs and insulin
the same way that they used to.
For example, when someone eats sugar,
their body is going to release insulin
so that that sugar can get into the cell.
If you have insulin resistance,
that sugar can’t get
into the cell very well.
So, as a result, blood sugar remains high.
When blood sugar remains high,
the body still tries
to ramp up more insulin
to try to solve the issue,
so you end up with
chronically high blood sugar
and chronically high insulin levels.
This is known as hyperinsulinemia.
So, for a woman during
menopause or post-menopause,
a lot of times you will have
this big increase in insulin,
which leads to a bunch of other things.
So, a lot of times, the issues
with hormone fluctuation,
the issues with hunger, the
issues with hot flashes,
those are a lot of times the
result of insulin issues.
Now, there’s one study in particular
that took a look at women with PCOS.
Now, I know PCOS is obviously
not the same as menopause,
but it has a lot of the
same hormones at play.
So let’s take a look at
what this study said.
So, this study was published
in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism.
It took a look at 11 women with PCOS,
and what they did in this particular study
is they had these women go on
a very low car ketogenic diet,
less than 20 grams of carbs.
And what they found in the women
that completed the study
was that there were some
pretty remarkable results.
There was a 12% reduction in
body weight, which was great,
but there was also a 22%
reduction in testosterone.
You see, when estrogen levels fall,
testosterone can get higher,
and we don’t really want
that high androgenic
or testosterone activity in women.
It’s just not the best thing.
It can throw off other hormones.
Okay, now, additionally,
there was a balance
of luteinizing hormone and
Those super high
follicle-stimulating hormone levels,
they came back down a little bit.
Luteinizing hormone balanced out as well.
But where things get really interesting
is they found there’s a
54% reduction in insulin.
Okay, so that hyperinsulinemia issue?
Starting to go away.
That’s a huge reduction in insulin.
So, this study started to find
that a lot of the symptoms
and a lot of the issues
that happen hormonally
with women as they age,
or if they’re going
through an issue with PCOS,
can directly be a result
of high levels of insulin.
So, let’s go ahead and let’s break it down
a little bit further.
When you look at women that
are going through menopause
or are post-menopause, they also have
a higher level of what is called ghrelin.
See, ghrelin is the hunger hormone.
Ghrelin is what signals us to be hungry.
So, when a woman has
gone through menopause
and she has a higher level of ghrelin,
there’s a good chance
that she’s going to have
more of an appetite.
Therefore, that can lead to weight gain.
So, what’s interesting is
that the ketogenic diet
has been shown to suppress ghrelin levels.
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
published this study that took a look
at 39 overweight individuals.
They found that once the
body was producing ketones,
the presence of those ketone bodies
suppressed ghrelin levels dramatically.
So, we can combat, sort
of in an indirect way,
the ghrelin level increase that
would occur post-menopause.
But then, we can take
it a step further too.
You see, insulin is also
so when we look at brain inflammation
and we look at things like that,
we can connect the dots.
Lower levels of insulin could mean
lower levels of inflammation.
But additionally, beta-hydroxybutyrate,
which is the primary ketone body
and the ketone body
that you’d be measuring
with the Keto-Mojo Meter,
is going to help modulate inflammation,
specifically within the brain.
So, you hear a lot of women
that are post-menopause
that note that they have brain fog
or they end up with mood swings
or sometimes hot flashes.
A lot of times, this is a result,
not just of the hormones, but
of actual brain inflammation
that’s occurring simply because
of the hyperinsulinemia.
So, again, if we can combat
this in an indirect way
with the ketogenic diet, we could be in
a very, very great place to help make
the quality of life a bit better
for those that are suffering
some of these symptoms.
Now, when it comes down to ensuring
that you’re in ketosis,
you want to be measuring.
You want to use a blood
meter so that you can
truly and accurately note if you are in
that ketogenic state where you’re
actually reaping the benefits,
and that’s where the Keto-Mojo
Meter comes into play.
The Keto-Mojo Meter allows
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so you can always know
that you’re on the right track.
As always, make sure you’re keeping it
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and leave the guesswork
out of the equation.
Leave that measuring to the actual meter.
I’ll see you in the next video.