• Mohammad A. Emran, MD

Keto for Gout & Diabetes?

Do you have gout, diabetes or another health challenge? Are you worried about how to lose weight safely without compromising your health? Then keep watching (or reading)!

Hello, Dr. Emran here! Over the last few months, I’ve been getting the same type of questions. People with gout or diabetes want to know:

“How good is the ketogenic diet for me?”

I want you to know that a lot of people are going through the same struggles and have the same questions, whether it’s about gout, diabetes, or maybe another health challenge. So don’t think you’re alone!

But first, you may wonder if not doing the ketogenic diet is the reason you may have gout or diabetes? And the answer is no; it’s not! The ketogenic is just a tool to help you improve your health and lose weight. And it is one tool of many! Now, certain things can contribute to gout and diabetes. These things include having a diet high in sugary beverages, fried foods, well-cooked meats (i.e., meat that is cooked until brown on the outside), and processed foods. This type of diet is very unhealthy and can put you at risk for many other diseases as well.

Gout and the Ketogenic Diet

The ketogenic diet already eliminates a lot of the foods (like the ones mentioned above) that may lead to gout symptoms. Anything remaining on the diet plan that triggers symptoms of gout can easily be replaced by other healthy alternatives. So, if red meat triggers your gout symptoms, then replace it with fish! Or chicken! Or some other plant-based proteins. There are so many opportunities to get nutrient-based resources into your personalized Keto diet that won’t cause an issue.

Diabetes and the Ketogenic Diet

A lot of us talks about the offending thing in diabetes…sugar. But that’s just part of the equation. Another part of the equation is making sure that you are getting enough healthy fats. So you need to make sure that you are getting enough healthy fats in the diet while eliminating unhealthy foods from the diet. So again, the ketogenic diet helps avoids unhealthy foods and provide healthy and balanced alternatives. These are both things that are important for individuals with diabetes.

Basic Principles—Weight Loss for People with Health Conditions

1. Do healthy things! You have to make sure that you are doing something that is healthy overall!

2. Get rid of unhealthy things! You can’t expect to do unhealthy things and get good results.

3. Talk to a health professional! If doing something wrong can really hurt you, make sure you talk to your doctor or a specialist that can provide more guidance.

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Hi, Dr Emran here, the bestselling author of, Fast-Track Your Health: The Four Keys to Successful Weight Loss and Silence Your Fat Gene.

Today, I want to share with you a couple questions that I've gotten repeatedly over the last few months as we've been going talking about the ketogenic diet, a lot of people have been asking me things like, “hey, I'm diabetic, is it OK for me to do ketogenic?” “hey, I've got gout, is it OK for me to do ketogenic?”.

So, the first thing I want to do is share with you that a lot of people are going through those same struggles, a lot of people have the same problems and have the same questions or maybe they've got another health challenge that makes them question whether a particular health so. So, the first thing I want to tell you is it's not because you're not doing ketogenic that you've got these problems, ketogenic is just one tool in the possible tool box of strategies to help improve your health or lose weight. But there are a lot of things that a lot of people have in common that lead to a lot of these conditions and that may be, over eating processed foods, high amounts of sugar in the diet, sugary in beverages, a lot of fried foods or fried meat, really well cooked or any of those meats that are browned on the outside, those are all things that potentially contribute to both those conditions. A lot of processed foods and sugary foods have a lot of sugars in them, they also do a lot of damage to the body, put you at risk for diabetes and for gout and a lot of other problems as well.

So, really those are kind of the things that people have in common and we can expect that we're going to get a healthy result from doing one healthy thing, it's really making sure that we're getting rid of the unhealthy things and then we start doing the healthy things as well. so, when we're talking about ketogenic diet, one of the pitfalls a lot of people fall into is they may do ketogenic diet but number one, they may take fried meat because they figure “oh well, I'm taking fat and protein, what better way to combine those then a tasty piece of fried meat?” Well, you can have your chicken fried steak and still get a healthy outcome, OK, you can't be getting something that's inherently unhealthy and still get a healthy result from it, it's just not going to work. So, we have to find healthier ways of taking those foods that are going to provide nutrition for our bodies rather than cause damage to our bodies. So, that's the first thing, is we've got to stop the unhealthy stuff and then we've got to start putting in some of the healthy stuff. So, ketogenic isn't just about putting in lots of protein and fat, you also have to make sure that you take plenty of fiber, you're taking in your vegetables on a regular basis, you're taking in adequate amounts of water but that's only one strategy – ketogenic is one strategy.

Now, is it safe for gout? Well, if you eliminate all the things that cause gout, things like processed foods and lots of red meat, alcohol, sugary beverages, those are a lot of the things that contribute to gout symptoms. So, ketogenic generally doesn't have a lot of those things and you can find alternatives to the things that do cause problems by leaving those out. So, if red meat gives you a problem, great leave it out. You can have fish, you can have chicken, you can have a vegetable-based protein or plant-based protein, so there's a lot of opportunity there to get in other nutrient sources that don't cause a problem.

Now, for diabetes, a lot of us talk about the offending thing in diabetes, the thing causes the problem is sugar. Well, that may be true but that's only part of the picture. A part of it may be not getting enough healthy fat, so making sure that you have enough of the healthy types of fat in the diet and again, eliminating those unhealthy things, are things that we need to do. So, there are some principles here, some basic principles. Number one: you gotta make sure that you're doing something that's healthy overall. Number two, you've got to make sure that not only you're doing healthy things but you're getting rid of the unhealthy things. You can't be doing and eating things that are unhealthy and still expect that you're going to get healthy results. And number three, when it comes to those diseases, where there is a big risk to your health when you do something wrong, make sure you check with your doctor. If they don't have enough information, well maybe, they need to send you to a specialist, a nutritionist, somebody who can help you or somebody who's got a little bit more knowledge on the subject that can help guide you to what's right for you.

Hope that helped. Make sure to check out my book, for more information on this subject.

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