A Mom Tried Keto Diet For 30 Days. This Is What Happened When Things Went Wrong.


A mom tried keto diet for 30 days. Things went wrong for her, just weeks after
starting it. This is what happened, to her pancreas. JC is a 32 year old woman, presenting to the
emergency room with progressively worsening speech, vision, and strength. She opens her mouth to speak to the admitting
nurse, but the words don’t make any sense. 4 months ago, JC became a new mom. She decided that she would feed her daughter,
naturally. JC was an elite athlete in her past life. She always lived an active lifestyle, and
motherhood wasn’t going to change that. During her pregnancy, she had gained 30 pounds. Now that baby’s out, JC tried the Keto diet,
where she’d restrict all carbohydrates to zero, while eating only proteins and fats. Paired with an hour of exercise daily, JC
was determined, she was going to shed that baby weight. In the weeks following her daughter’s birth,
JC felt a numbness in her legs during her morning runs. This was without pain. Without burning sensations. One day at breakfast, JC’s husband noticed
her repeatedly pour water from one bottle to another and back, while quietly growling
to herself. When asked about this after eating, she had
no memory of breakfast. As the weeks passed, JC felt a panic and anxiety
start to overcome her. She started crying everyday. She couldn’t sleep through the night. Breaking her keto diet, and eating carbs would
make her feel better, but she resisted every urge. She realized something was wrong. At the doctor’s office days later, JC was
diagnosed with postpartum depression. These changes in her body are normal. She just had a baby. Shifts in hormones and increased sensitivity
to these changes, can affect anyone. But the doctor had other concerns. JC was feeding her daughter. Human milk incorporates 50 grams of sugar
per day. If she’s not eating those sugars because
of her keto diet, this COULD be a problem. Proteins and fats can be converted to sugar
for use in milk, but that conversion doesn’t happen quickly. It doesn’t happen easily. And it MIGHT not be enough to keep up with
JC’s lactation. This can be problematic if it causes blood
sugar levels become too low. And in JC, those levels are too low. A blood test at that visit revealed severe
hypoglycemia. Hypo meaning low. Glyce from Ancient Greek referring to sugar. And emia meaning presence in blood. Low sugar presence in blood. The brain uses sugar as its most immediate
energy source. When sugar is suddenly low in the body, this
will cause mental status changes and mood swings as the brain’s energy supply is disrupted. And when combined with postpartum depression,
then this explains everything that’s happening to JC. She was sent home with medicines. She was given advice to stop the strict keto
diet, so long as she was still feeding her daughter. It didn’t need to be a permanent stop, but
a necessary change for the time being. JC was on her way. She was feeling great with this flexible diet. But only for a few weeks. One morning, JC stepped on the scale. She had gained another 20 pounds since she
relaxed her foods after that doctors visit. She thought that the medicines were working
well on her mood, so that postpartum depression must have been the only problem. She saw no reason to continue the relaxed
diet, as she vowed again to shed that baby weight . She broke the doctor’s recommendation and
returned to her strict keto diet, while still feeding her daughter. It was time to wean baby off, anyways she
thought. As the days went by, JC felt great. But one morning, 2 weeks later, her vision
started to double. She felt a tingling in her fingers. She spoke words to her husband, but he couldn’t
understand them. He thought she was joking, but realized something
was wrong, when she tried to put baby in the refrigerator. After breakfast, JC had no recollection of
anything. The same episodes, would repeat every morning. She would snap out of it after her breakfast
of greek yogurt and eggs. Her husband shrugged it off as a joke because
it kept happening, every day. But then JC’s anxiety came back. The crying and the insomnia. Over the next 4 days, JC’s vision starts
to go dark as her bouts of panic intensify. She describes to her husband a mental fog
clouding her thoughts. And as the night falls, anxiety shrouds her
as she knows the insomnia was waiting for her. One morning, JC got out of bed. She laid on the floor, arms raised. She was conscious but not responsive. She was speaking, but incoherent. She rolled over on her side, and began to
seize as 911 was called and she is brought to the emergency room where we are now. At examination, JC isn’t visibly ill. She’s verbal, but she’s incoherent. She’s responsive, but not oriented. A blood test again reveals hypoglycemia, but
this time, less than half the lower limit of normal. The medical team administers a sugar water
mixture intravenously to JC, her consciousness improves in minutes. All other signs and exams return normal, as
she appears to be her normal self. More tests are done on her, and it’s found
that nothing is wrong with her kidneys, liver and heart. Overall, it looks like nothing ever happened. She’s admitted into the hospital because
even if she looks ok, something is clearly amiss. The next morning, the medical team on rounds
finds JC on the floor again, arms raised. This time, unresponsive but conscious. Incoherent, but still speaking, as she rolls
over and starts seizing again. Doctors order another test for her blood sugar. Severe hypoglycemia found again. Another glucose IV was infused in to her. JC is conscious, coherent and oriented again,
with no recollection at all of what just happened, as this now gives the medical team some clues
as to what’s happening. Most immediately, JC is showing neuroglycopenic
symptoms. Neuro referring to the brain. Glyco referring to glucose, another name for
sugar And (suffix)-penia meaning a deficiency of. A deficiency of sugar, in the brain. The brain needs sugar to function. But exactly, how much? Well, at rest, the brain accounts for 60%
of all sugar consumption, even though it’s less than 3% the mass of the whole body. In normal function, the body has protections
in place to prevent hypoglycemia so that bad things don’t happen to the brain. This glucose homeostasis, is the equilibrium,
or balance of sugar in the body. Most of the body’s sugar is stored in the
liver. When blood sugar decreases, hormones tell
the liver to start breaking down those stores and to release them so that levels are steady. This is called glycogenolysis. The liver also generates sugar from proteins
and fats, a process called gluconeogenesis. Both of these increase blood sugar, so defects
here can cause a decrease in blood sugar. Nothing here was wrong, because JC’s liver
function was found to be normal, but there’s more. The liver produces ketones, which are a secondary
energy source to sugar that can be used by the brain. But they’re not as efficient as glucose. If someone has been on keto diet for long
enough, the liver’s sugar stores become depleted, forcing ketogenesis, giving way
for the namesake of JC’s diet But lactation can also increase the production
of ketones. So, if she’s doing both the keto diet, and
feeding her daughter, then it means that JC should have a high ketone presence in blood. The medical team orders JC to fast for 72-hours. Over these 3 days, they will monitor her blood
sugar and ketones. (+proinsulin and C-peptide— students, what
are those for?) Things seem to be going well just a couple
hours in to the fast. But at 7 hours in, JC started slurring her
speech. She was no longer oriented again as she lay
on the floor, her arms up. On measurement of her blood glucose, the results
return— less than half the lower limit of normal. Ketones, which should be high, were virtually
absent, bringing us back to glucose homeostasis. Upstream the process, from the liver, is the
pancreas. This organ produces a hormone named insulin,
which is released when blood sugar is high. Most commonly, this happens after one eats. Insulin tells the body’s cells, to absorb
the sugar in the blood. To take in as much of it as possible, until
the levels normalize. If insulin is high for a long time, then blood
sugar will be low. Results from JC’s fast show that her insulin
levels were 3 times the upper limit of normal, meaning that something is causing her pancreas
to secrete too much insulin. But what could it be? Well, It’s probably not medicines because
nothing she’s been taking in the hospital would do this. It’s not her liver because it’s functioning
normally, downstream the process. It’s not performing glycogenolysis or gluconeogenesis
as a result of the high insulin presence in blood. And it’s not her kidneys since they would
filter the blood, functioning as intended in JC. Meaning there could be an overgrowth or a
tumor in her pancreas, that’s releasing insulin with no regard to the feedback mechanisms
in place. This is called an insulinoma. At this realization, the medical team orders
an abdominal MRI with contrast. Images reveal a well-defined tumor, 11 millimeters
in diameter, in the body of JC’s pancreas. Its appearance doesn’t look like pancreatic
cancer. It could be a cancer from somewhere else in
her body that has spread to the pancreas, or it could be a functional neuroendocrine
tumor, something releases hormones inappropriately. The extreme hypoglycemia. The regular pattern of neuroglycopenic symptoms. The resolution of her mental status after
correction of her blood sugar. [this is called Whipple’s Triad btw] The medical team makes a clinical diagnosis
of insulinoma as JC was sent in for surgery. Parts of her pancreas were removed along with
the tumor, as her depression medicines were tapered and then discontinued. The mornings were the toughest times for JC
because of the overnight fasting period where blood sugars are low in everyone. The unregulated release of insulin by a tumor,
made those levels even lower before breakfast. The cause of the tumor, is unknown. It wasn’t caused by her pregnancy. But the timing of this, just happened to coincide
with the pregnancy In the late term, insulin resistance builds
in the mother, which would make JC’s body less responsive to insulin. Meaning that the symptoms would be masked. But after the baby is delivered, the mother
becomes more responsive to insulin, which for JC, resulted in pronounced symptoms. This is described in several case reports
of insulinoma diagnosed during pregnancy. And this is also touched upon in the documentary
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enter code chubbyemu. In her first doctor’s visit, JC noted that
eating carbs solved her panic, anxiety and insomnia, all of which are neuroglycopenic
symptoms, meaning she may not have had postpartum depression from the start, but we can’t
say for sure. The 20 pounds she gained in just a couple
of weeks after relaxing her diet the first time is a normal function of aberrant insulin
secretion, as it stored that excess glucose, as adipose tissue. All of this was worsened because JC was simultaneously
feeding her daughter and following a strict keto diet. In the medical world, hypoglycemia
is considered as more acutely dangerous than hyperglycemia, because low sugar can take
someone out instantly. As she recovered from the operation, her blood
sugar levels stayed within normal limits. She was able to return home in good mood. Back to her family. Back to normal life. And she was able to live the lifestyle, that
she originally wanted. Thanks so much for watching. Take care of yourself and be well.

100 Replies to “A Mom Tried Keto Diet For 30 Days. This Is What Happened When Things Went Wrong.”

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  2. LOL what ever she was doing is not keto. My 12 year old son is on Keto for 4 years because of medical reasons. Medical issues gone and more heathly than his class mates. If you do vegan right you are fine, Do keto right you are fine, do carnivore right you are fine. If you eat anything right you are fine.

  3. The human body is such a mystery, I am so happy that we have been able to study it long enough to learn all of this

  4. Man, I really miss the Fastfall soundtrack. Your videos actually made me buy the whole album… and spam upside down stalagcite

  5. She probably decided to return to the keto diet and then died. Seriously, just follow your doctor's orders. Don't concoct your own diet whenever you want, ask your doc first.

  6. title is misleading please change it.
    problem is not w keto diet she had insulinoma and had just given birth. also if she had been frequenting the doctor leading up to birth the doctors just happened to miss her insulinoma which can be easily detected on blood test and ultrasound? stop making stories up

  7. So when you said “tried to put baby in the refrigerator” it reminded me of the Lee Hardcastle stop motion sketch with the baby and the aliens trying to put it in the microwave.

  8. First, the Keto diet, is the white people's diet
    Second, you talk trash about the keto diet when she had a problem in her pancreas before doing the keto diet
    Third, Pregnancy and keto diet go hand to hand, they are perfect together
    Fourth, you ignored that she was exercising, probably way too much setting her on a hard caloric deficit.
    So many things wrong with this video but you use it just to attack the keto diet, great job, how much did you got paid for it?

  9. No Post natal depression issues then?, Er, Pre natal diabetes not involved?
    Keto MUST have been the problem, FFS! BABIES are in Ketosis in the womb, ketosis is NORMAL for humans, sugar and carbs are not… Then we get to the end of the VID, OH, Cancer is the problem!

    Rhiannon Ruadh1 week ago
    Yea but then we get to the end and find out the real reason she's having a problem isn't the keto diet but the cancer she has that prevents her from going into ketosis. Her cancer produces 3 times the normal amount of insulin when there is insulin in the blood the liver won't perform gluconeogenesis she didn't just have no sugar in her blood she also had no keytone bodies.

  10. Cancer, Pancreas tumour, HOW FAT was this woman? Was she insulin resistant and in a pre diabetes??
    KETOGENIC DIET is involved how???
    She had rapid weight gain from liver stress and fluid, how is that a good thing????

  11. Awesome video. I am in the process of losing weight having weighed in at 296 lbs @ 5' 10". today I am down to 235 lbs, after 3 months of proper diet and proper exercise(s). My progressive weight loss has inspired fellow co workers to do the same, and there are a few (5) coworkers who are using an alternative that claims to help with weight loss and reducing BPI, which is ingesting apple cider vinegar at between 1 tspn to 1 tbspn. a day, one of them ingesting more, only not revealing how much more. They're all claiming their doctors are praising their numbers (BPI: cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.) being reduced, yet. they didn't lose weight in the same time I did. At best, the 5 apple cider vinegar gang, as I fondly call them, lost 33 lbs, combined, in 3 months. Is this a safe practice, specially considering its acidity? I have never used anything other than proper exercise and diet for my weight loss, but I'm seriously concerned of their alternative and I strongly feel just because their BPI and other numbers reduced, they feel they don'y need to exercise. is there anything wrong with their thinking or is it just me?

  12. I didn't know that there were so few episodes of this series on this channel 🙁 I watched all of them in just one night. I hope he keeps them coming! He is an amazing commentator and his information is SO intriguing and important.. he is such an intellectual individual and I hope he likes our foolish comments

  13. So the Keto diet had absolutely nothing to do with why she was in hospital, but rather a tumor on the pancreas.

    Maybe change your video’s title?

  14. My sister is over a year keto and is having issues with her bones plus other symptoms , i keep telling her she needs glycogen from carbs to function properly but she won't listen, i really worry that she will do permanent damage

  15. Breastfeeding mums can go low carb, but need support and likely still need 130-150g of carbs per day mainly so they can meet the nutritional requirements that are needed when feeding a baby, similar re pregnancy, should find a low carb dietician if want to change then. Also should be reminded that 9mths putting on baby weight don’t aim to reduce any quicker than that after (yes it might happen quicker, but shouldn’t be the main focus). Sounds like a case of poor support and self esteem and needing help, hope she is better now

  16. Some ideas:
    A boy ate a pound of bananas in two hours. This is what happened to his muscles.
    A man mistakenly ate a slug. This is what happened to his lungs.
    A man drank 21 cans of red bull in one hour. This is what happened to his brain.
    A toddler ate 15 peanuts despite being allergic to them. This is what happened to his kidneys.

  17. I thought keto diet is eating glucose minimally while keeping protein in moderation and good fat in high amount,not completely dismiss glucose altogether.

  18. This is the first time I've bothered to read the comments on these videos. Except for the useless vegans, it was totally worth it.

  19. If the doctor's knew more on the keto diet, they would have had her get a ketone meter, to get more information! However she should have either stop breastfeeding, or waited till the child was eating real food, before going on the keto diet!

  20. Carbs are sugar. I can get down with going vegan even though they are assholes but going keto after birth is asinine.

  21. a subscriber of chubbyemu got hungry for new vids and ate his keyboard that what happend to his soyabean souce+hypovideoalbinolosisemia .

  22. wait so wtf was wrong with her? There was talk of tumors meaning possibly cancer, then that confusing transition into the ad and then shes all better and lives the lifestyle she wanted. wtf

  23. similar story is in Demi Moore's memoir, about her baby having failure-to-thrive because Demi was dieting to lose baby weight while her infant was nursing

  24. A Mom Shortly After Childbirth, WITH A MASSIVE FUCKING TUMOR, Tried Eating Normal For 30 Days. This Is What Happened When Things Went Wrong.

  25. So…the cause of her tumor is unknown, but the video's title implies that it was her diet which caused her illness. 🙄

  26. Sorry for anyone that didn’t notice it, but he didn’t do the finger wag and it really irritates me. It feels like an emptiness in the video. Does anyone else feel that?

  27. DAAAMN, The Human Body IS SO COMPLEX! Why TF don't people understand THAT?! Like when THEY go to The Doctor And Expect That She/He WILL Know EXACTLY What's Wrong IN A FEW MINUTES… HUMANS ARE NOT LIKE CARS!

    AAAND DON'T GET ME STARTED ABOUT STUPID ASS DOCTORS THAT DISCOUNT &/OR IGNORE THEIR PATIENT'S COMPLAINTS~ PARTICULARLY THE FEMALE PATIENTS!

    Anyway, DON'T OBSESS ABOUT POST~BABY WEIGHT… Although If SHE Hadn't, She Would Not Have FOUND OUT ABOUT THE TUMOR [OMG~ THAT JUST REMINDED ME OF ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IN "KINDERGARTEN COP"… "IT'S NOT A TUMOR!"… LOL!], so I guess her obsession SAVED HER LIFE!
    ☆CAPS R 4 Emphasis☆

  28. 'Doesn't listen to Doctor, gets worse' I wonder why… Maybe a new mother DOESN'T know better than someone with 10+ years of medical training?

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