Nutrition

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There is a lot of new information on nutrition for women with lipedema and its associated factors, like insulin resistance and leaky gut. There are wonderful articles below which address these comorbidities. There have been several diets followed by those with lipedema and are outlined below.

When you eat, food is broken down into nutrients, and those nutrients are absorbed and distributed via your bloodstream.

  • carbohydrates
  • proteins
  • fats
  • vitamins and other nutrients

The carbohydrates you consume turn into blood sugar. The more carbohydrates you eat, the higher the levels of sugar you will have released as you digest and absorb your food. Carbohydrates in liquid form consumed by themselves are absorbed more quickly than those in solid food. So having a soda will cause a faster rise in your blood sugar levels than eating a slice of pizza.

The pancreas produces insulin and releases it into the bloodstream when you eat. Insulin is necessary for turning glucose into energy and distributing it to cells all throughout your body. It helps the liver, muscle, and fat cells to store excess glucose, in the form of glycogen, to be used for energy later. In turn, the liver produces less glucose on its own, which keeps blood glucose levels in check. The liver releases small amounts of glucose into the bloodstream between meals to keep blood sugars within that healthy range.

Insulin is a natural hormone produced in the pancreas. When you eat, your pancreas releases insulin to help your body make energy out of sugars (glucose). It also helps you store energy.

ored form of glucose. It is a large multi-branched polymer of glucose which is accumulated in response to insulin and broken down into glucose in response to glucagon. Glycogen is mainly stored in the liver and the muscles and provides the body with a readily available source of energy if blood glucose levels decrease.

ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate diet, wherein the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. When carbohydrates are ingested, the body produces glucose and insulin in response.

  • Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
  • Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.

Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. The end goal of a properly-maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.

What’s the difference between ketoacidosis and ketosis? Ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin. This creates dangerously high levels of ketones and blood sugar and causes the blood to become too acidic, which changes the normal functioning of internal organs. Ketosis is a mild form of ketoacidosis and not necessarily harmful. Low-carbohydrate diets or fasting cause ketosis, as does consuming too much alcohol. Ketosis is the presence of a higher-than-usual level of ketones in blood or urine. Ketones are produced when the body burns stored fat. In the presence of diabetes, high levels of ketosis can lead to ketoacidosis.

A Spoonful of Vinegar Helps the Blood Sugar Go Down: “Solid research has clearly shown that vinegar can improve glycemic control.”

Apple Cider Vinegar and Diabetes: “Pretty amazing that a simple chemical like acetic acid could have the benefits of three different classes of diabetes drugs, and all for a few cents a dose!”

The Lymphedema and Lipdema Nutrition Guide, released in April, 2016, is a wealth of information for those newly diagnosed with lipedema and is available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Walmart.

Keto Links
A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide to the Ketogenic Diet

A Keto Diet for Beginners

How to Optimize Your Diet for Your Insulin Resistance
-The Importance of Monitoring Blood Glucose Levels
-Optimal Ketone Levels
-The Relationship Between Ketones and Glucose
-What is Insulin Resistance Anyway?

Insulin Load…The Greatest Think Since Carb Counting?

The Ketogenic Diet and Insulin Resistance
-What is Insulin’s Role in the Body?
-What Is Insulin Resistance and Why Is It a Problem?
-How to Treat Insulin Resistance
-Side by Side Comparison: Ketogenic vs. Moderate Fat Diet
-Supplementation & Ketogenic Diet: A Winning Combination for Insulin?
-Conclusion: Can Keto Be Used to Treat Insulin Resistance?

The 100 Most Ketogenic Diet Foods

RECIPES

14-Day Keto Diet Plan

5 Cheap Keto Meals

Keto Diet Food List: 221 Foods to Boost Energy (Plus Printable Cheat Sheet)

Keto Diet Food List, Including the Best vs. Worst Keto Foods

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