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Alcohol effects on liver on low carb diets

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 03, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Hello!

Can one assume that alcohol causes less liver damage if consumed on a low carb diet compared to the same amount of alcohol consumed as a part of standard 50-60% carbohydrate diet? I wonder if the liver damage decreases with little or no carbohydrate intake.

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on October 05, 2012
at 01:46 AM

So, no hope from the same amount of spirits?

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on October 04, 2012
at 06:18 PM

cbucker, does it matter on what the OP is basing the question on? Clearly it's something they thought about and want information on.

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on October 04, 2012
at 12:40 AM

I agree there's no sense trying to fight your own chemistry, better to correct the underlying cause. Pam K is the best.

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Why would you assume that? What is it based on? You really need to flesh this question out before posting.

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on October 03, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Yes. Less fructose and more saturated fat, which protects the liver: Dietary saturated fat reduces alcoholic hepatotoxicity in rats by altering fatty acid metabolism and membrane composition.
Of course, you can still deplete the liver's resources, so Stabby's canonical supplement guide sure helps out: the-highbrow-paleo-guide-to-binge-drinking-mitigating-the-deleterious-effects-of-ethanol-on-health-or-how-to-get-shitfaced-with-impunity.

But, you are still likely to get too dehydrated, experience various problems related to loss of electrolytes, quite possibly end up with achy joints, experience low blood sugar and its attendant problems, etc...

Another upside to a diet heavy in animal fat- it seems easier to exert some sort of self control. Maybe not as much self-control some people want you to exert, but- hey, look at this: how to come off methadone without really trying. That's a hard one. You may also benefit by listening to Super Human Radio #1055, the alcohol edition, in which Pam Killeen is interviewed. She mentions that animal fat, and proper nutrition in general, helps reduce these cravings too. Somehow, her idea of fixing the biochemistry sounds like a more valid chance at a better life than the abysmal stats on 12 steps.

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on October 04, 2012
at 12:40 AM

I agree there's no sense trying to fight your own chemistry, better to correct the underlying cause. Pam K is the best.

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on October 03, 2012
at 06:25 PM

No. A low-carb diet will likely reduce ongoing liver damage overall (less fructose), but it's not going to mitigate the damage from alcohol.

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on October 05, 2012
at 01:46 AM

So, no hope from the same amount of spirits?

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on October 03, 2012
at 05:24 PM

do you plan on becoming an alcoholic or something?

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