During the hormonal changes of the menopause, every woman has to deal with more or less severe menopausal symptoms. A keto diet may help alleviate this.
In the years around the 50th birthday the menopause a. And with this hormonal change come some unpleasant symptoms that can possibly be avoided or at least made more bearable. The US health portal “healthline.com” has taken a closer look at a keto diet and its impact on menopausal problems such as hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, weight gain, osteoporosis and others.
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The outward sign of menopause – which begins between the ages of 45 and 60 – is the absence of menstrual bleeding. The menopause is accompanied by hormonal changes in the female body, which have a significant impact on our quality of life. The production of the corpus luteum hormone progesterone gradually decreases and at the same time the estrogen concentration increases. Therefore, the intervals between menstrual bleeding become longer. Eventually, the estrogen level also drops and ovulation hardly occurs. One to two years later, estrogens and progestins are no longer produced at all and the fertile period is over.
In any case, it is probably better to first try a change in diet to combat night sweats and hot flashes, osteoporosis, mood swings and the like, rather than resorting to hormone preparations straight away.
What exactly is a keto diet?
The keto diet can be considered a special case of a low-carb diet because it is extremely low in carbohydrates and high in fats. This triggers a change in metabolism known as ketosis. Because the body cannot get its energy from the carbohydrates in food as it normally does, the plentiful fats in the liver are converted into ketone bodies and thus serve as new sources of energy. So the fat is burned and cannot get stuck in the cells.
The keto diet only allows for about 10 percent carbohydrates, while the food should be about 30 percent protein and 60 percent fat. This means that pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, legumes, sweets, many types of fruit, alcohol and ready meals are taboo. However, meat, fish and all healthy, unsaturated fats, eggs, dairy products, nuts and seeds, herbs and low-carb green vegetables such as cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, green beans or spinach are permitted.
Influences of the keto diet on hormone balance
With regard to the typical symptoms of menopause, such a low-carbohydrate diet could have a positive effect, for example because it positively balances the insulin level. The online portal refers to some studies that show a beneficial effect of keto on blood sugar levels during menopause. However, this effect has so far only been reliably demonstrated in patients with uterine and ovarian cancer. Further studies on the climacteric are still pending.
It has been proven that a stable insulin level has a positive effect on the body’s heat balance and could thus reduce hot flashes and sweating.