hypothyroid -- liver and glycogen - is Keto going to work

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09 Oct, 2016 06:04 PM

I have read that many Drs such as Dr Rosedale have said Keto is safe and T3 goes down because the body is working better, in a nutshell. Now I have friends sending me this info, knowing I'm Keto and Hypo:

A healthy liver stores lots of sugar in the form of glycogen. This glycogen is used as a fuel source for your body between meals or when your blood sugar drops. However, when you become hypothyroid, you lose the ability to produce glycogen and therefore you quickly develop blood sugar issues. The effect of the thyroid status on the activation of glycogen synthase in liver cells.

“We conclude that thyroid hormones control hepatic glycogen synthesis, at least partly by an effect on synthase phosphatase.” And when you can’t balance your blood sugar the healthy way…

Your body does so in a very unhealthy way, by overproducing stress hormones in order to keep you alive. You see, when you can’t regulate your own blood sugar, these stress hormones take over by breaking down your healthy muscle tissue to convert into sugar to keep your brain functioning. At the same time they suppress your thyroid function, by blocking your liver from converting thyroid hormone into the active T3 form.

So, Is Keto going to work for us "hypos".??? I am on Nature-Throid, have good energy, sleep great, but I can't lose the 25lbs that lead me to the Hypo dx.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Ken on 10 Oct, 2016 06:34 PM

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    Hi Cheryl, your comment is beyond my understanding at this time, therefore, I can not be of any help.

    However, I do know that Dr. Rosedale is extremely busy at this time getting his latest writings completed and ready for publication.

    Dr. Rosedale might respond at a later date, how much later is not known.

    Ken/   Rosedale Support

  2. 2 Posted by Stacy on 14 Oct, 2016 08:18 PM

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    I have bought Dr. Rosedale's book and want to do the diet. But I have read what was replied previously regarding pre-existing hypothyroidism and the diet lowering your thyroid. The answer was not clear to me. Please advise if this diet is safe for someone who has hypothyroidism. Yes or no-- and if yes please explain. Thank you

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Ken on 15 Oct, 2016 12:27 PM

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    Hi Stacy,

    The answer is: Yes it is safe   Read explanation here

    Ken/   Rosedale Team

  4. 4 Posted by Cheryl Taylor on 19 Oct, 2016 03:15 AM

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    Thank you for the information. I heard that from Dr Rosedale as well. I’ve been on the mark with Keto, measuring every ounce, and I don’t lose weight. I now have thyroiditis, so my thyroid will be worthless soon. I still would like to know if you are hypothyroid can your liver make it’s own sugar for the brain. I can’t afford any more foggy brain at work. This is quite hopeless. I’m celiac, so GF for years. Maybe fasting is the only way to lose weight for hypos.

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by Ken on 19 Oct, 2016 08:36 AM

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    Hi Cheryl.

    Quote from some of Dr. Rosedale writings.

    Fat for Fuel

    • Fat is a great fuel, the best fuel, furnishing fatty acids, ketones, and glycerol (that the body can turn into glucose if necessary), to burn.

    • Though necessary in body, glucose/starch should not be eaten. Far better to let the body make as necessary, like cortisol & many other biomolecules.

    Eating glucose “safe starches” will spike insulin & will temporarily prevent one from burning fat.

    Ken/   Rosedale Team

  6. 6 Posted by Cheryl Taylor on 19 Oct, 2016 02:41 PM

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    Thank you. I'll keep on at it and hope my body responds at some point. I wish there were more info on Keto for thyroid patients. We need direction as our doctors are clueless.

    Sent from my iPhone

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Ken on 19 Oct, 2016 08:26 PM

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    Hi Cheryl, hang in there, let your body adjust at its own pace.

    Ken/   Rosedale Team

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