Rewind: Fasting and Autophagy
Dr. Fung explains the way the body rejuvenates during fasting
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PMS and Insulin Resistance
Nadia Pateguana examines the role of Insulin Resistance in so many reproductive issues
IDM has worked with women of all ages for many years. In fact, Megan Ramos is currently focusing on a series of blogs on Women and Fasting.
Reproductive health is of particular importance to me because it’s how I got interested in Low Carb and Intermittent fasting in the first place. My own reproductive struggles brought me here. This, for me, included PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), infertility, as well as a mood disorder. (Hypertension, diabetes, cancer and obesity came later.) My PMS was serious.
After working with many women, we’ve learnt that PMS seems to be severe in women who are more Insulin Resistant (those that are obese, have diabetes, PCOS, fatty liver, etc.).
I’ve even worked with some women with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, which is a more severe form of PMS. Symptoms might include depression, anxiety, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and sleeping, palpitations, pain, bloating, cravings or headaches – all of which are intense and debilitating. Further, these symptoms often start two weeks before your cycle and last a few days into your period. (In other words, the majority of the month, almost all the time.) PMS and PMDD should never be disregarded.
What can we do about it? Studies and clinical evidence show that insulin is involved in this pathophysiology, just like it is in PCOS. Lowering insulin is the solution.
Insulin resistance, shown by HOMA-IR tests, is affected by our reproductive hormones, including progesterone. And we know that, in turn, insulin affects our reproductive hormones (look at PCOS and infertility). During the early luteal phase (after ovulation) insulin resistance is at its highest. This is the time when fasting seems the hardest for most women and cravings start to go up.
There are dietary strategies that we can implement to lower insulin and improve these symptoms. A three- to four-month approach is key in managing PMS and/or PMDD.
Don’t underestimate the role of Insulin Resistance in these issues. I’m proof that you can make real changes.
Up your Keto game
Latest Keto-Retreat announced
Ottawa, Canada will host another Keto-Retreat on September 21. With great info, speakers and exhibitors, it’s the ideal place to explore all things Keto.
IDM veteran Andrea Lombardi will be a featured speaker, along with Dr. Eric Westman (past President of the Obesity Medicine Association and a Fellow of the Obesity Society); Dr. Robert Cywes (specialist in Pediatric and Adult obesity, diabetes and metabolic management); educator, researcher and health consultant Sally K. Norton; certified Nutrition Specialist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Amy Berger; as well as Keto-Retreats organizer Wendy Moore.
The event takes place at the Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport. For more details, visit keto-retreat.ca.