106: Recovery From Surgery, Healing Type 2 Diabetes With Keto Alone, E4 Allele And Saturated Fat, Gluconeogenesis In Plant Proteins And Eggs, Dopamine Spike From Dietary Fat


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If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing co-hosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is co-hosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Pittsburgh, PA functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole from DrWillCole.com who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Will answer your keto questions in Episode 106.


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HOT TOPICS: 1. How does eating more dietary fat (as part of a low-carb, moderate protein approach) tap into helping your body burn stored body fat? 2. How does caffeine impact blood sugar and insulin levels? Does it raise insulin levels? 3. How can you possibly have higher levels of ketones (in nutritional ketosis) with elevated blood glucose levels? What’s going on? 4. What is the impact of consuming the erythritol in keto desserts on gut health? 5. What makes ketone levels fluctuate so dramatically throughout the day?

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-- Will a ketogenic diet help speed up the recovery process for my upcoming jaw surgery?

Jimmy and Will,

I am a registered dietitian who is an advocate for the keto diet since starting it for myself nine months ago. I am working diligently on influencing others in my profession about the health benefits of nutritional ketosis. Keto Talk has helped me stay on top of what is happening in the world of keto so I can be armed with the knowledge to pass along to my RD colleagues.

Recently I had braces put into my mouth in preparation for jaw surgery coming in the Fall. This will include my mouth being banded together for a few weeks after surgery which would thus limit the types of foods I could eat or drink. Do you have any input about what my recovery will be like being in a state of ketosis vs. if I wasn’t ketogenic? I would assume inflammation would be lower on keto, but is there any research showing how much quicker healing will take place? My wife does not eat keto and has hinted several times that she wants me to just eat whatever post-surgery so I keep my energy up and have an enjoyable experience. I’m not wanting to lose any more weight in this, but the faster recovery would be a bonus.

Thanks for the help,


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1. Is it possible to heal my Type 2 diabetes through a ketogenic diet and lifestyle change alone without going back on medications again?

Hello Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

I am a 38-year old male with Type 2 diabetes. I am 6'3" and currently weigh 307 pounds. I started keto at the beginning of the year and have lost 25 pounds so far. I stopped taking all my diabetes medications on am only on blood pressure medication at the moment. My blood glucose numbers run between 155-200 no matter what time of day I check it. I have been implementing intermittent fasting with keto for the past month. So my question for you guys is this: Did I stop taking my medications for controlling Type 2 diabetes too soon? I was taking 1000mg metformin twice a day, 20mg glipizide twice a day, 10 units of lantis per day. I feel so amazing on keto and never want to go back to eating any other way. Do I need to go back on the medications for a short period of time until I heal a little more or will my body heal with a ketogenic diet and lifestyle changes over time?

Most shocking to me when when my doctor told me I’d be on medication for the rest of my life and that diet and lifestyle don’t make a difference with Type 2 diabetes. In fact, one of his nurses told me that I was not insulin resistant. How the heck can a Type 2 diabetic NOT be insulin resistant? The idea of going back on these prescriptions that force me to eat more carbohydrates to counteract their effects is frustrating to me. Can you help me figure this out?

Thank you for any advice you can give,



2. Does having an ApoE4 require me to reduce my saturated fat intake to prevent the atherogenic small dense LDL particles from developing?

Hi Jimmy and Will,

I have an ApoE4 that researchers say makes me more susceptible to having higher LDL cholesterol as well as an increased risk for developing heart disease. I eat LCHF and although my LDL-C is high (150) my Small LDL-P count is low at 129 and I’m solidly in Pattern A. My question for you guys is this: Should I be avoiding saturated fats like coconut oil and replacing them with monounsaturated fats like avocados? Will the saturated fats increase the number of small dense LDL particles even though my triglycerides are low?

Thanks for your help with this one!


3. Does the gluconeogenesis that happens from consuming too much protein apply also to the protein found in eggs and plant proteins?

Greetings you guys,

I bought Keto Clarity at Barnes and Noble last week and have read about a third of it so far. When you refer to gluconeogenesis, does that apply to just to meats or is it to eggs and even plant-based proteins as well? Or are the proteins found in eggs and plants different than those in animal-based sources? I’ve always wondered why I never did well on the Atkins diet and this excessive protein issues seems to be the answer I’ve been looking for.

Look forward to hearing your answer about my questions.



-- Does dietary fat that makes you feel good and happy while eating it spike dopamine in the same way that consuming sugar does? Is this good or bad?

Hi Jimmy and Dr. Cole,

It’s very easy for me to wrap my head around and understand the spike in dopamine that takes place in your brain when you consume sugar. But a goofy thought ran through my head and it made me wonder if dietary fat could have the exact same effect in a fat-adapted person. I know that when I eat fat I always feel really good and happy. So does that mean I had a spike in dopamine? And if so, what are the ramifications for a ketogenic dieter if that is indeed happening?

Thanks for being there,


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