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.


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  2. B.S. Anyone who educates themselves on the Keto diet knows it's not as ll fats and proteins. A doctor giving meds to "fix" the problem is definitely believable. If she was on on Keto and didnt ask questions about breastfeeding on any of the websites or groups, that's just dumb.many women doing Keto and pregnant or breastfeeding do great without sugar. Education is key.

  3. Kind of a clickbait title. The keto diet without the pancreatic cancer might have had no effect at all as far as we know.. I expected better from chubbyemu, at least to elaborate!

  4. Nice meme @ 2:20.

  5. I wanna punch her, idk it's just all so ridiculous




  9. lots of memes in this video but they feel kind of misplaced with the serious tone

  10. you can tell the majority of these comments didnt watch the full video

  11. The excessive level's of insulin also explains the initial weight gain that she suffered in the first place.

  12. 2:20.
    The madman actually did it.


  13. Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell 2:21

  14. yup same shit happened to me, when the seizures started i stopped any dumb diets forever.

  15. so what was with the arms in the air thing?

  16. Gluconeogenesis? Oh I love that anime

  17. keto is not 0 carbs, it's 20 carbs, lol. I am on low carb and one year later, I'm fine.

  18. So basically, it wasn’t Keto, it was a tumor. Great misleading title. This is why people think keto is bad, because of bs like this. Misinformation. It’s also why people on the left hate the right. It’s also why people don’t like Christians, or God. It’s also why some people hate Trump. It’s also why people think free stuff provided by the govt is actually free, or only paid for by the rich. It’s also why people don’t like the rich, or the poor. Misinformation is a serial murderer of independent thought. Don’t be an idiot, do your own research. Read articles, research topics from many sources, don’t deny independent media of potentially teaching you something, instead of thinking of yourself as someone who doesn’t need to learn. You don’t learn by believing everything you hear or see on tv. You learn by doing the journalism yourself without expectations or bias of the topic. If you’re biased, you won’t learn anything. And if you expect things to be a certain way, then you’ll disregard the information given to you. That’s what stupid people do. Don’t be stupid.

  19. Everyone that watches this should damn well know what "emia" means after watching a few of these.

  20. Call me crazy or a sadist, but I hate happy endings.

  21. Here we go…

  22. any diet that restrains your daily requirements of anything always seems like a bad/unsafe idea to me.

  23. Why is this episode poorly edited? I'm a huge fan btw.


  25. These videos always make my hands feel weak and I get woozy XD It's just a human body! But i think high empathy makes it feel like I'm experiencing the symptoms myself

  26. @2:19

  27. Can’t wait for him to dramatically narrate a mundane case.

  28. Time to ween your baby off, after only a couple months?

  29. I think the blackout periods were the scariest part of this particular case. And the baby in the fridge!? Good thing Daddy was around at that time.

  30. Nice b8, m8. In short, the keto diet helped uncover a neuroendocrine tumor. Got it.

    You know the problem here? She didn’t get her doctor’s advice before trying the diet in the first place. Not only did she just have a baby, but the diet isn’t even meant for regular folks. It’s meant for folks with epilepsy to control their seizures when medication has shown to be ineffective for them. People need to stop blaming the diet and start blaming the idiots who go on the diet either before talking to their doctors or after talking to them and going against medical advice anyway.

    P. S. I have no idea why this showed up in my recommendations.

  31. I don’t understand why people tend to avoid carbs when that’s their main source of energy

  32. Youtuber:Anti-Vegan T

    "Seeing as how it was a tumor in her pancreas, it's hard to believe that it had anything to do with the keto diet. I would honestly say that this particular instance was probably coincidental. Especially seeing as how many people have been thriving on keto. I wouldn't read into this story or chalk it up to the keto diet."

  33. I feel like 90% of these people are named JC

  34. A 21 year old virgin beats his meat for 3 hours straight. This is what happened to his lungs

  35. oh i thought you said your own mom.

  36. That was the smoothest transition into an ad that i have ever seen, never saw it coming.

  37. 2:21 :"Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell." Love that

  38. 2:20 mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

  39. nice try vegans.

  40. I ate rotten flesh in Minecraft. This is how my pancreas spontaneously combusted.

  41. A boy never existed….Yet this is still what happened to his liver!

  42. Whaaat keto diet done with enough of animal fats will be far greater for depression and brain regeneration. Anyway it's good to slowly transition between diets.

  43. Contrary to what you have stated multiple times in your video, Ketones are the preferred source of energy for the brain, NOT sugar. That's why it can cure Alzheimer which his is a form of diabetes. So many diseases are in fact caused by the overconsumption of carbohydrates that cause metabolic syndrome and lead to most of modern degenerative diseases.


  45. Diets r stupid..!!

  46. Just like to highlight that despite the title, the keto diet was not the cause of her problems. It just highlighted an existing condition. I enjoy the Keto diet/lifestyle and do it correctly with healthy fats, low-moderate protein and lots of low carb vegetables.

  47. This has nothing to do with the ketogenic diet for the every day person. You're slandering a very healthy lifestyle to line your pocket, whilst simultaneously potentially harming hundreds of thousands of people, who's opinions' are being tainted. Congratulations.

    In this instance, the ketogenic diet saved her life.

  48. 30 days tried a mom for wrong. This is when things started to go keto diet

  49. so keto has saved her life

  50. Me walking into kitchen to lay my baby down (Ahh fuck heh…. almost put you in the freezer again little guy)

  51. Smash that weight scale first. Everything will be alright

  52. A man was declined acceptance into an art school. This is how he murdered every Jew in Germany.

  53. A woman watches a Chubbyemu video, this is what happened to her paranoia.

  54. Feed her child naturally? Like with her Breasts? Oh no you mean raw foods lacking in essential nutrients a child needs to grow
    Baby weight makes sense
    Just use it to feed your child =/

  55. I feel like every time one of these videos appears in my recommended the persons initials are always J.C.

  56. I tried to do it. I’m a 5”11 16 year old who’s, pretty huge, just broad. I suddenly cut all high carbs, sugars, high calorie foods. On the 3rd day and there on afterwards, I got cold sweats, cramping stomach, peeing in huge amounts, nausea, sleeping all day, every day without any energy at any given time. Keep in mind, just 5 days, and today I’ve stopped because I’ve experienced low iron like symptoms continuously, just much worse

  57. During pregnancy and lactation any woman have to eat a lot of money and cow's butter. Keto-diet is not for babies. Babies need sugars to get weight.

  58. mr. beast planted 20 million trees this is what happened to his hands

  59. Me: Breathes
    You breathed and this is what happened…

  60. there’s so much misunderstanding of keto in this video. The culprit in this video wasn’t Keto, it was the cancer.
    1: Keto is not a flexible diet. If you cheat once you fuck up the whole thing. There are no cheat days.
    2: Glucose is not the brains preferred fuel source. Its true that 14% of the brain can only use glucose but the other 86% prefers ketones when available. The brain is the first organ to get dibs on Ketones, even if you are not in ketosis.
    3: Ketones are in all cases a superior fuel to glucose except in fast burning energy that you use in sudden high intensity moments, but even then, your liver will produce these long energy strands even if you don’t eat any carbs. Ketones are just less than twice as efficient as glucose. This is why Navy Seals in ketosis can hold their breath for about twice as long as they can when they are not in ketosis. Ketones do not have toxic byproducts like glucose does, which damages our cells.
    4: If eating sugar and not being in Ketosis, is required when breastfeeding, then where were these magical sugary food sources when we were evolving for millions of years? All we had to eat were fatty animals on the savannah’s of central Africa. Our ape relatives stayed in the denser jungles where there were some sugary fruits available but not to us. Even after we spread out over the globe, where did the Inuit and other peoples with zero access to sugar/carbs get sugar/carbs to eat when breastfeeding their babies? They didn’t. On a side note, babies are in Ketosis as long as they are only consuming breastmilk, even if the mother is not in Ketosis. This is how important being in Ketosis is to the human body.

  61. Love this show but hate how he showed greasy fries for carbs. Carbs are in almost everything from a piece of broccoli to an apple. Carbs NECESSARY and HEALTHY

  62. I like how it looks like you record these on the way out the door going to work. That's a compliment. 🙂

  63. OK, a lot of these are sudden and unexpected, but this is just a case of this woman not listening to her body and not getting help when it was clearly needed. Her husband is equally at fault–if one of my family members was having difficulty speaking, it would be an immediate hospital visit. WTF is wrong with that guy?

  64. Balanced diet folks, don't fear the carbs

  65. No carbs is not keto. Low carbs and low sugar is keto.

  66. dr.Berg needs to watch this 😂

  67. What a shit husband

  68. 1:43 Staring mournfully out into the rain through a window, craving bread bread bread.

    That's happened to me once or twice. 😩

  69. U need some carbs…idiot. Cant just eat and survive on fat and protein alone..

  70. Her brain was already damaged BEFORE the hypoglycemia

  71. I'm already highly addicted to you tube, curiosity stream is literally the last thing I need.

  72. Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell….

  73. The husband sounds like he has the I.Q. of a rock.

  74. okay but i need to know where that nightgown is from

  75. It’s crazy how people do not understand how important food is to the body. Food is literal fuel. When batteries start to die out, things go out of whack. Imagine a human body. Eat your food man.

  76. puts baby in fridge baby becomes mini-fridge

  77. Glad JC got out alive

  78. There no essencial sugars.
    Stop pushing bullshit.

  79. Oh no! Refrigerator babies need the most attention

  80. A 21 year old man was clickbaited by chebbyyemu for way too long.

    This is what happened to his brain.

  81. I can see this being a short on Adult Swim

  82. Since when does the Keto diet mean 0 carbs?


  84. I'm confused….it had nothing to do with the diet? The tumor would have been there even if she hadn't done keto so what even is this

  85. These vids are like new House episodes

  86. 2:20 Secret found! also dank meme dood

  87. Thanks for the video! A great watch

  88. 2:21 who saw mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell lmaoooooooo he definitely has a sense of humor

  89. This is why they say if you're pregnant or nursing consult your doctor becore starting any diet. People are dumb.

  90. well this is not because keto… this woman is mentally-ill !

  91. It’s to the point that the comment section on these videos is dumber and more annoying each time.

  92. 2:20 you got us hahaha

    pOweR hOUse Of tHe cElL

  93. You MUST have some carbs people!!! You cannot cut carbs out 100%. You need to research and then talk to your dr before starting. Even if you are “healthy.” You might have diabetes and not know it and you might not get enough carbs for your size in order to lose weight. Not enough carbs can cause serious health conditions whether you have her condition or not.

  94. LOL imagine thinking keto is healthy.

  95. So was this an aberrant reaction to the diet or something else? The Keto diet seems as crazy to me as the Atkins diet and counter-intuitive. This diet is supposed to be like human's primitive diet but I doubt if our ancestors ate that much meat and animal fats.

  96. Maybe it’s just her?

  97. A dude scratched his balls.
    This is how he summoned an eldritch abomination from the deepest darkest depths of Hell.

  98. Gluconeogenesis sounds cool as fuck

  99. I didn't study for my exam, this is how my grades shut down!

  100. Mother went on baby diet after giving birth. She didnt live for long with only 1 meal.

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