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Old 05-29-2013, 16:16   #1
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Lately I have been feeling weak. Not overly tired per say, but just a weak feeling in my muscles, especially my arms. Do I need to up my protein intake? I try to stay around 60g of protein and 150 fat. I am not sure how to add more fat if I need to.

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Lately I have been feeling weak. Not overly tired per say, but just a weak feeling in my muscles, especially my arms. Do I need to up my protein intake? I try to stay around 60g of protein and 150 fat. I am not sure how to add more fat if I need to.
Are you by any chance taking medication to control blood pressure or cholesterol? Both of those meds have muscle weakness as a side-effect.

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I take lisinopril. But I have been taking that for nigh on 3 yrs.

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However I did change from taking it before bed to taking it in the morning. Would that make a difference?

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However I did change from taking it before bed to taking it in the morning. Would that make a difference?
I don't know, but I do know that when I stopped taking lisinopril, my exhaustion and muscle weakness went away. I suspect for some people it is a cumulative effect - you don't notice it at first but it gradually gets worse and worse and you don't have a clue why you feel so rotten.

Of course, I also stopped taking Actos and pravastatin at the same time. I'm not sure which, or all, of those medications were to blame for the side-effects.

You might want to consult with your doctor regarding these side effects and see if s/he has any suggestions. Sometimes bp and cholesterol meds are prescribed prophylactically for diabetics, whether they need them or not.

Of course, it might not be meds at all - maybe you do need more protein or perhaps some strength-building exercise. I'm just blathering here.

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Thanks Fangirl! Since you mentioned muscle weakness can be a side effect, I looked it up and dizziness and lightheaded ness is also a side effect. I have also been experiencing that as well, especially when standing up.

How much does lisinopril protect your kidneys? I am wondering if it worth taking.

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How much does lisinopril protect your kidneys? I am wondering if it worth taking.
I don't have any information on how well lisinopril protects kidneys, but I do know that Dr. Richard Bernstein says it is high blood sugar which damages the kidneys - so I would think if your blood sugar levels are being controlled by diet then diet alone may be all you need to protect your kidneys.

You might want to do a little reading up on how a low carb, medium protein, higher fat diet affects kidneys before choosing to drop medication. Also, if you are able to monitor your blood pressure on a daily basis, just to be sure you're not doing more harm than good, that would be desirable. I ended up buying a home bp monitor, had it calibrated by my doc, and use it 2 - 3 times a day. So far my readings have been excellent.

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Another suggestion would be to testing your vitamin D levels. Low vitamin D is associated with muscle weakness.

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How do you test your vit D levels? A blood test, I assume?

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How do you test your vit D levels? A blood test, I assume?
Yes, it's a simple blood test. I just had mine tested due to muscle pain/weakness and my vit D was too low. I just started taking a prescription dose to bring it back up.

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