Keto and IF Lower Triglycerides - Dr. Carolyn Dean MD ND

Keto and IF Lower Triglycerides

April 14, 2019
An article on Medscape called “Intermittent Fasting Lowers Triglycerides More Than Regular Diet” reported on a study showing “Triglyceride (TGL) levels were reduced by 40% compared with the usual calorie-restricted diet in healthy but overweight/obese individuals.” The researchers said this was the first time such an effect has been observed in humans. They couldn’t figure out why but they thought frequent periods of fasting may make the body more efficient at metabolizing and clearing fat from a meal. This vague finding has cardiologists all in a tizzy because they don’t know why not eating can give better results that taking drugs. 
I wonder if it’s because IF and the Keto Diet go together and if people are seriously restricting sugar, TGLs will drop. I’m finally finishing writing my Death by Sugar book and in the process I’ve consulted about a dozen books on sugar. You don’t have to read far to learn that high fructose intake (especially high fructose corn sugar products) elevates triglycerides. Fructose is metabolized in the liver, unlike glucose, and it’s converted into fats for storage. My transition to the Keto Diet was precisely because I gained weight from eating too much fruit here in Maui. 
I’ve said many times that fruit is used to tempt you into various vegetarian diets without telling you the whole truth about fructose. Dr. Robert Lustig, who I’ve quoted many times blew the whistle on fructose and high fructose corn sweeteners many years ago. Here are some words from his paper in Advances in Nutrition, “Fructose: It’s ‘Alcohol Without the Buzz’”

…fructose is unlike glucose. In the hypercaloric glycogen-replete state, intermediary metabolites from fructose metabolism overwhelm hepatic mitochondrial capacity, which promotes de novo lipogenesis and leads to hepatic insulin resistance, which drives chronic metabolic disease. Fructose also promotes reactive oxygen species formation, which leads to cellular dysfunction and aging, and promotes changes in the brain’s reward system, which drives excessive consumption. Thus, fructose can exert detrimental health effects beyond its calories and in ways that mimic those of ethanol, its metabolic cousin. Indeed, the only distinction is that because fructose is not metabolized in the central nervous system, it does not exert the acute neuronal depression experienced by those imbibing ethanol. These metabolic and hedonic analogies argue that fructose should be thought of as “alcohol without the buzz.”

Of course, nobody wants to hear these words. If we finally decide to quit our table sugar addiction we automatically assume we can turn to fruit – and Dr. Lustig and I are saying we can’t. 
I caught on to the problems with sugar early on, probably because I learned about yeast overgrowth in my naturopathic training and worked with Dr William Crook who wrote The Yeast Connection. I saw yeast overgrowth in myself and my patients. That’s why I’ve been promoting a yeast overgrowth diet and yeast detox for almost 40 years. The yeast overgrowth diet eliminates sugar and become the perfect way to kick it out of your diet without meeting it head on. Sugar detox books are too “in your face” for most people and actually the symptoms most people attribute to sugar are often due to yeast overgrowth. And if you are to address yeast overgrowth, it’s going to take more than just eliminating sugar. You can read more about yeast overgrowth and yeast detox in my book ReSet The Yeast Connection
Another aspect of sugar metabolism is addressed by Natasha Campbell-McBride in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome. She says that 28 atoms of magnesium are required to process one molecule of glucose. And if you are trying to break down a molecule of fructose, you need 56 atoms of magnesium. That’s an extremely unbalanced and unsustainable equation that depletes magnesium making it, among many other things, unavailable to deal with the inflammation and toxicity caused by sugar and yeast.
My advice, as always is to take your Completement Formulas and investigate yeast overgrowth, which will allow you to stay healthy.
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