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

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.

  1. 👨‍⚕️👩‍⚕️Happy Medical Monday!
    Please check out CuriosityStream at curiositystream.com/chubbyemu!
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  2. In JC's case, if she hadn't pushed things to extremes with the Keto diet, would the tumor have still developed? Could everything going haywire with her diet have allowed the tumor to be found much sooner than otherwise? If she kept to a more typical diet, what might her case study have looked like?

  3. When i was breast feeding i ate all food groups my baby needed nutrients more then i needed to be thin besides brest feeding burns a lot of calories already

  4. I used to like your videos, but this is just blatant misinformation for clicks and views. And I thought you were a doctor with professional integrity…smh

  5. Maybe trying to lose weight almost instantly is a bad idea, who would have thought. Im not even sure this is anything to do with keto specifically as a lot of this sounds like its situational

  6. Your channel terrifies me. I swear I'm next. Some seemingly harmless thing that I do will kill me. "A man showered every morning before work. This is what happened to his perineum."

  7. The title misleading like it blaming keto diet where the real culprit mentioned in the end of video is pancreatic cancer.

  8. This title was made to get attention bc of the popularity of the keto diet. This seems more of a case of insulinoma than the keto diet.

  9. Moral of the story, don’t stop doing a simple action like Not touching a wall for 30 days unless you want your leg amputated

  10. Watching and around 2:20 through 2:23 sees something flash on the video
    Hey wait a second, what was that?
    Rewinds 10 seconds and sees it flash on the screen again
    Hmmmm
    Rewinds and proceeds to pause the video incrementally until I catch it
    MITOCHONDRIA IS THE POWERHOUSE OF THE CELL

  11. There's still far more people out there with health complications due to excessive amounts of sugar intake rather than too little.

  12. My wife and I have done keto for years. During pregnancy, she made the decision to discontinue for the sake of the baby, as keto is not studied well enough to put our children at risk.

    After birth, she wanted to continue keto. On multiple occasions, it would go well for a few days, and then result in extreme fatigue and shakiness, to which she'd respond by eating carbs.

    She decided it just wasn't worth it until after weaning, when going back to keto had no ill effects.

    LISTEN to your body – it's telling you important information! This case is especially intriguing to me, though.

  13. Shame on you @Chubbyemu for the title of this video! You're implying and making it look by the title that the keto diet was the cause of her condition. There are also various inaccuracies and misleading statements by you.

  14. Me: Starts dieting
    After a few weeks
    Me: feels off
    Mom: Its not much
    Doctor: Its not much
    Chunbyemu: I diagnose you with dead.

  15. Freaking doctors… Why they don't give whole foods nutrients instead of laboratory made "nutrients". Ok, give intravenous first, but then put patients on freaking whole food diet, give them plenty of vegetables, dark leafy greens, fruits, legumes, etc.

  16. Chubbyemu should go back to medical school where they will teach him absolutely nothing about nutrition just like he knows nothing about it now.

  17. In the case of hyperglycemia, the doctor extracted the tooth, but in the case of hypoglycemia, the doctor remove part of pancrea… Interesting~~

  18. So it has nothing to do with keto and her body shut down just 7 hours after taking sugar too (which is BTW not even a real fast).

  19. I had enough. Just saw a video of a mom on keto that has lost 50 pounds and looks amazing. She recommended keto after breastfeeding is over. Recommended electrolytes. JC is a nutter.

  20. I find the format very entertaining and educational. You break it down for very well for us layman to understand and don't do any unnecessary fear mongering.

    Makes you appreciate how complex we all are and how difficult things are for our medical professionals.

    Keep this series going!

  21. strict keto diet is not 0 carbs, that's for example carnivore. It's 5% of total Cal. And yes, it does make a difference 😉

  22. Man, a strict diet while nursing nearly ruined my life with my first child as well. Same for when I was on afib medication. I had pancreas problems and mental status change/brain fog, panic attacks repeat after some medication made me too sick to eat for three weeks back in April and again since August when I developed stomach ulcers on my meds for afib. My story isn't an exact parallel but this video will help me when I explain to my doctor what I feel like is happening and she can take it from there. Thank you chubbyemu ♡

  23. So this was not in any way the result of being on a Ketogenic diet. Keto simply highlighted it. I call 'Click Bait', which is a shame as I generally enjoy your videos.

  24. As a type 1 diabetic, I know all too well the dangers of hypoglycemia. I always have a source of glucose and carbohydrate close to hand so when I start feeling the symptoms, I can immediately correct the imbalance.

    I've found through experience that high caramel content chocolate bars such as Twix and Mars tend to work fairly well for hypoglycemia as they have both ready glucose and carbohydrate in a convenient package.

  25. This is why people shouldn't just go on diets without consulting a physician first and take a barrage of tests just to get an idea of their based line condition of health. Keto isn't a diet. It's a drastic change of lifestyle and shouldn't be used to lose weight. If she wanted to lose weight, she should've started intermittent fasting first and considering she was already an athlete she would most likely be already use to this practice at the same time would've found out issues with her pancreas a lot sooner. It was the fasting that helped the doctors figured out her condition. She should then have slowly incorporate clean Keto meals between fasts allowing for lower carbs incrementally to the point where she functions normally. Most women naturally lose weight after child birth especially when breast feeding while their hormones gradually balance to normal levels. Her obsession to simply lose weight most likely made her choose poor nutrient choices for not only her but also her child and should look into her baby's condition also to check for anything damaging that she may have caused while breast feeding.

  26. I don't like the editing for this video.
    I think it's distracting from the relevant information in the video without really adding anything to it.

  27. Everything about the presentation of this video screams garbage TV. It looks, sounds, and smells like the fake drama of those fucking ghost hunting shows. No one could possibly take this seriously.

  28. My pet peeve is Americans saying words wrong its no E moo its
    E mu, Mel bin not Mel born. Im nit picking a bit but i love the videos

  29. Don’t do a diet kids, just exercise. A keto diet, as Emu said, is a diet devoid of carbohydrates and plants eating only meat. Over a long enough time, the body enters a state called ketosis. Ketosis, as it sounds, is a disease that forces the body to rely on ketones for energy. Symptoms of ketosis include things just like what JC is experiencing. Another interesting symptom is an acetone-smelling breath. Ketones are similar to acetone and both have strong smells (some ketones smell like raspberries) Don’t do a keto diet kids

  30. your videos make me reconsider my lifestyle and to better take care of my health. they also educates me on some medical terms and how body works.

    thanks for making these!

  31. I liked your videos back when you didn't show any of the actors faces.
    It generalised the case and made it more accessible

  32. The title of the video is a little misleading. It leads you to think that KETO May have been the reason for her medical issues when in fact, it was her pancreas that was the source of the problems she was having.

  33. Chubbyemu titles: A (person) did (Mildly to not harmful activity), this is what happened to their (seemingly irrelavent organ)

  34. Shit like this is what makes me incredibly cautious about the keto diet.
    Not getting any carbs at all CAN'T be good for you.

  35. Nice job with the production value on this! I’d always wanted to be a doctor, but my hypochondriasis got the better of me, so it’s good to see someone who not only plays Nuclear Throne, but also makes kickass videos too.

  36. I am glad that you addressed this keto diet madness. I am also an athlete and have found that a moderately low carb diet as opposed to a rigid keto diet works best. Athletic performance without carbs literally sucks, I can tell you from first hand experience.

  37. There's a time and place, but after giving birth was the wrong time to do it. You're body needs all the nutrients it can get especially after giving birth and especially if you're breast feeding. And even when it is the right time – going full keto is too much of an extreme. You can't just go high fat off the bat. Go low carbs at first. DRINK LOTS AND LOTS of water, with a pinch of sodium/salt so you're body doesn't go into full ketosis (where your body is feeling the pain and changes). Sure fat is good, but when you go to the extreme high fat – your cholesterol is going to go through the roof. Whatever diet you do, moderation is key!!! I did the keto in moderation as I was prediabetic prehypertention. I had to manage my diet and going low carbs was the way to go. But did not go to the extreme. MODERATION!!!

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