I'm curious if anyone else has experienced what I have been experiencing lately. I have had fatty liver for several years now (brought on first by nine months on steroids and high triglycerides). I've read the study that suggests that low carb mobilizes liver fat. Here lately, I've noticed that when my diet becomes more ketogenic, I experience increased liver discomfort - it is in the liver, not the gall bladder btw. It usually lasts for a few days and then subsides. It's not PAIN but rather a gnawing ache - I've experienced it off and on for a few years.
My theory is that I'm having the symptoms because the keto diet is mobilizing liver fat. Of course, that might be wishful thinking. Anyway, just interested if anyone else has had similar things happen. I'll be having my next lipid/glucose profile check in a few weeks. I'll probably ask for a liver ultrasound to see if there's any change there as well.
Any feedback is appreciated.
Well, I just got my bloodwork results in. I did two tests. The first was around 8 weeks of a USDA approved low fat, high carb diet. The second is about 8 weeks of a low carb (about 20g a day) ketogenic diet. The results were what I expected although I'm puzzled about why my glucose increased.
1st test in May
2nd test in November
Glucose 102 to 104
Total Cholesterol 158 to 195
Triglycerides 346 to 204
HDL 22 to 28
LDL 67 to 126
VLDL 69 to 41
Liver function was fine. I'm still awaiting the ultrasound results to see if there's any change with the fatty liver.
Final detail: I added 2T of coconut oil per day. I also take 20mg of Simvistatin a day. Supplements include Vitamin D, Choline & Inositol, Magnesium, Fish Oil, Niacin and a Multi-Vitamin. I did no exercise during the 8 weeks. I lost only 5 lbs. in the 8 weeks so any change in the numbers was probably not due to significant weight loss.
So, that's my n=1 for this round. I think the next experiment will be after I've went down another 25 lbs. I'm becoming convinced that I need to be leaner if I'm going to get on top of these numbers.
Best to all!
EDIT TO ADD
The ultrasound results are in. The lab report states, "If there is hepatic steatosis (fatty liver) it is very mild."
This is a marked improvement from my previous ultrasounds where the report stated that there was obvious fatty liver present.
CONCLUSIONS (for me)
USDA recommended high carb diet = Low total cholesterol, low HDL, low LDL, high VLDL and high triglycerides.
Low carb, ketogenic diet = Higher total cholesterol, higher HDL, big spike in LDL, lower VLDL and lower triglycerides.
The increased fasting glucose was the biggest disappointment. I won't say it is a deal-breaker, but I don't like dancing around the pre-diabetic range.
Next up, I will be lowering my BMI. I carry about 10% excess bodyfat. I suspect I'll never get on top of these numbers without getting leaner. Time to hit the weights and see what happens next round.
Thanks for enduring my posts!