Dr. Paul Mason – 'How iron deficiency and inflammation can make you fat – a female perspective'

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Dr Paul Mason obtained his medical degree with honours from the University of Sydney, and also holds degrees in Physiotherapy and Occupational Health. He is a Specialist Sports Medicine and Exercise Physician.

Dr Mason developed an interest in low carbohydrate diets in 2011. Since then he has spent hundreds of hours reading and analysing the scientific literature.

For a number of years, Dr. Mason has been applying this knowledge in treating metabolic and arthritis patients who have achieved dramatic and sustained weight loss and reductions in joint pain.

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38 COMMENTS

  1. So interesting. I’ve had very low iron and im also struggling to loose weight doing keto . I’m now on iron tablets so fingers crossed the scale starts going down in the right direction

  2. Dr. Paul Mason, as always, opens my eyes to different aspects of health that I previously never entertained. Thank you Dr. Mason for this enlightening presentation. I, like so many others, just ascribed the difficulty of women losing weight to hormonal differences, and women having less lean body mass than men. Despite being a voracious reader of books regarding nutrition and despite being an avid viewer of numerous lectures pertaining to health, I never encountered the central role of iron deficiency as an impediment to weight loss. This further highlights the importance of focusing on nutritional quality just as much as macronutrient ratios and calories. The fact that women have to combat so many obstacles to induce the same weight loss that men experience, just makes me respect women, who have achieved significant weight loss, that much more.

  3. I have to ask since no one as yet has discovered why…I suffer from both very low ferritin levels, high inflammation and despite taking a high quantity (as prescribed) of ferrous fulmate twice daily, nothing changes. I haven’t been able to lose weight in years. I had put it down to a fairly inactive lifestyle due to requiring crutches to walk and because of repeated chest infections that have now put me on long term antibiotics.
    I also crave ice.
    Is there any tests I can suggest to my own doctors that might show something that has been missed so far?

  4. I, as male, got anemic on a keto regimen high in chese, butter and veggies, worse even than my terrible vegan year, according to the lab test (and sluggishness). Plenty of red meat, few cheese and veggies, iron is ok and so the energy levels

  5. But is antibiotics the only way to treat chronic inflammation? What if they can't find what causes the inflammation? How would you proceed then? Just take a generic antibiotic to see if it works? I have this exact issue of high inflammatory markers – very high CRP and PV – but despite numerous blood tests to see where it stems from they couldn't find a thing except a very slight elevation in anti-nuclear antibodies. My Drs say that I'm probably just someone whose normal range of these markers is a bit higher than the national average and nothing they can do about it. But I have the same problem of never being able to lose weight on keto and even on carnivore the weight loss is excruciatingly slow to negligible despite eating OMAD, red fatty meat, coffee/cream and water. It would be very interesting to know what people like me can do to combat this mysterious inflammation without the aid of Drs who are savvy about these things like Dr Mason. For now I'm sticking to carnivore as slow weight loss or not at least there is some movement downwards on the scale despite taking months before results are seen.

  6. I want a doctor like Dr Mason….. on this side of the planet. As doctors go he seems to be on an other planet….so relatively seen we are getting closer

  7. Always thoroughly enjoy Paul, but highest iron levels I thought is in liver, is this considered red meat or is the iron in liver not harem iron (it is full of blood as well)

  8. More if this information please Paul. So very empowering. Just wondering if a portion of this information could be applicable to an 18 yo Male regarding parasitic infection etc and various elevated indicators/results?

  9. Restless legs can be easily fixed with transdermal magnesium. There isn't enough magnesium in the diet due to lots of stress. Magnesium is also the best anti-inflammatory.

  10. Copper deficiency may be one of the many causes of fatigue and weakness. Copper is essential for absorbing iron from the gut. When copper levels are low, the body may absorb less iron. This can cause iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which the body is unable to carry enough oxygen to its tissues

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