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Default Is low carb good for our hormones?

This NY Times article started me thinking about how low-carbing might be beneficial to our hormones. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/02/...one-levels.html

The article reports on 4 studies that found that low-carbing increases testosterone levels in men by 10 to 20 percent. One study that was reported on said:
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A recent British review that pooled data from 206 volunteers, for example, found that men on high-fat diets had testosterone levels that were about 60 points higher, on average, than men on low-fat diets. Men who followed a vegetarian diet tended to have the lowest levels of testosterone, about 150 points lower, on average, than those following a high-fat, meat-based diet.


As only testosterone was measured, I wonder how foregoing carbs for fats affect our other hormones. I also wonder if the hormone increase was due to a reduction in carb intake or increase in fat intake or the effects of ketosis.

As usual, there is a don't increase fat warning.
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Still, Joseph Whittaker, the lead investigator and a nutritionist at the University of Worcester in Britain, said he would not recommend a man increase the fats in his diet unless he had low testosterone levels and symptoms of low T and was already restricting fats.
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Interesting points. I'm wondering that if low carb and higher healthy fats are associated with increased testosterone, what is the actual root cause? Of course in our current cholesterol averse culture, there will always be the obligatory warning about saturated fat consumption. In fact, the irony may be that consumption of captured fats in the form of seed oils, may also have a role in impacting testosterone levels, and possibly not in a good way. So, going low carb and eliminating many of these culprits may help. Would like to learn more.
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I like Dr. Cate:

How Your Diet Affects Hormones
https://drcate.com/how-your-diet-affects-hormones/
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Yes, Its my understanding that fats are used to makes these hormones. Possibly starting with cholesterol, I'm reaching into distant memory. Then other hormones like estrogen is made from testosterone.....gender and pesticides control cascade.

Testosterone made in gonads of both genders, and in adrenals.....so I'm told by my doctor's.
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This article is surprisingly accurate and succinct:

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This is why balancing hormones is vital for our health.When I consult my clients, I see hormonal disturbances in all age groups and as early as thirteen years of age. In the zest to lose weight, we have cut down on traditional fatty foods that have been part of our diets for generations. Over the years natural unrefined oils like desi ghee, coconut oils and mustard oils have been replaced by refined hydrogenated oils due to its economic appeal and longer shelf life. These oils are promoted daily on the basis of health claims. Our bodies are made up of natural substances and are not designed to consume man-made fats from vegetable oils. The fat content in our body is saturated fat and only 3% coming from other types. This ratio is absolutely important to know for our health and well-being. Moreover, these new oils like canola, soybean are very high in Omega 6 fats and low in Omega 3. This imbalance affects our endocrine system and further creates hormonal disturbance.

https://food.ndtv.com/health/why-sa...ormones-1666704
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This article is surprisingly accurate and succinct:
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This is why balancing hormones is vital for our health.When I consult my clients, I see hormonal disturbances in all age groups and as early as thirteen years of age. In the zest to lose weight, we have cut down on traditional fatty foods that have been part of our diets for generations. Over the years natural unrefined oils like desi ghee, coconut oils and mustard oils have been replaced by refined hydrogenated oils due to its economic appeal and longer shelf life. These oils are promoted daily on the basis of health claims. Our bodies are made up of natural substances and are not designed to consume man-made fats from vegetable oils. The fat content in our body is saturated fat and only 3% coming from other types. This ratio is absolutely important to know for our health and well-being. Moreover, these new oils like canola, soybean are very high in Omega 6 fats and low in Omega 3. This imbalance affects our endocrine system and further creates hormonal disturbance.


https://food.ndtv.com/health/why-sa...ormones-1666704

Asked . . . and answered. Thanks, WereBear. Both the link to Dr. Cate and the above have provided a possible answer to my fats and hormone (testosterone in the original case) question. It makes sense that in terms of many fats consumed, the most damaging are the one's that are manufactured from extraction of seed oils. Unfortunately, all fats typically get lumped together despite being quite different and influencing health very differently. So, fat in general is viewed as something that must be avoided. Imagine that manufactured polyunsaturated fats are often labeled as being healthy!?!?!?!
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Thanks for posting the article by Dr Cate, Werebear
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