I recently tried to achieve mild ketosis. I've stopped the experiment for now. I wasn't prepared for the transition and need to think about this some more. On top of there being no long-term RCT trials to show it will help prevent AD for E4s or 3/4s, if I'm going to try again, I need to to have a trustworthy electrolyte management plan ready (not too many not too few), as well as be well stocked with exogenous ketones to ease the transition.
For now I am wondering …
I think it was at the conference in NY about diet and Alzheimer's that a speaker gave a range to shoot for, maybe 1-2 mmol ketones? I remember Stavia and others being excited because it was so doable. I can't find the thread. Can we revisit this? How is it doable?
I have a lot of questions, but if people could share their ketone target and what it was like getting there and how they managed the transition I'd appreciate it.
One of my worries is being thin already and having low normal blood pressure and how to balance electrolytes without doing so 'blindly'. I think the conference speaker said thin people should use exogenous ketones, but I don't get enough from coconut oil, or I am afraid of ingesting too much of it if I'm not keto, and supplements like Ketoforce require citric or other acidic medium which I don't tolerate.
During my *very* brief experience with mild, mild ketosis, a different person was emerging. I could see the light and at moments felt a couple decades younger
but these moments were interspersed with the keto flu. I wasn't prepared for the roller coaster adapting, and not knowing if adapting would take me just a couple more days or a month.
The electrolyte issue concerned me because of my lowish blood pressure. I took in so much salt I retained water around my belly and couldn't evaluate if I was gaining weight due to the extra fat calories or not. (Also upped magnesium but had no potassium supplement on hand and for various reasons couldn't get to the store to get some lite salt.
I had to up my animal protein and that ups the histamine issues, and avocados, a fat staple of keto dieting, are high in tyramine if not also histamine and I'm homozygous on MAOA. I seem to react to them along with umpteen other foods.
Anyway, having taken myself out of the very mild ketosis I was in, I'm back to my old feel horrible self, at least for today. My circadian rhythm, which seemed to have corrected immediately even in the mildest keto (unless it was a4-5 night aberration or due to some other cause), fell apart just as fast.
I'm definitely in a no woman's land at this point. There seem to be good and bad in both directions and I'm now at a crossroads. I wonder, as an 3/4, if something as extreme as a keto diet is going too far. IF my apoe4 wants keto (we all know the jury's out on that!), what does my apoe3 want and need?
One voice says mild keto's the way to go, another - coming from fear I think - is that it's too extreme and I should be fine on a low carb diet with some coconut and MTC oil to tolerance (which is low for capric acid).
This is quite the complex arena!
ApoE 3/4 > Thanks in advance for any responses made to my posts.