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Old 04-10-2013, 20:45   #1
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Hi! My numbers this past autumn of 2012 reached about 150 or so two hours after meals, so I decided I needed to lose weight finally, and I went to a diabetes nutritionist. I know 150 isn't like being 200 or 400, but still, it's time to get this thing under control!

Since then I have been significantly cutting down on my fat intake and carb intake--I follow a pretty strict regimen of fresh fruits and vegetables now--a lot more salads--a lot less creams, cakes, sour cream, cheese sauces etc... So, my numbers are starting to come under good control--I also walk and lift weights. Biggest problem is "weird weakness."

Let me explain that--some days I will feel so fatigued, like my muscles are hurting so bad and I will feel so weak, like I just have to lay down or I'm going to pass out. Now, I will check my blood sugar and sometimes it will be 143, but more often than not it will be 95 or 89 or something like that--where it never was before. So! I'm pretty sure I'm getting false lows, but I hate this because it makes me feel like I have to have sleep or else! Has anyone else had the false lows--do they make you fatigued etc...? I am getting enough to eat, I eat 6 small 30g of carb meals throughout the day, so I know I'm getting enough--just wondering if false lows can make you feel crappy, or even getting blood sugar under control can make you feel weak and muscle fatige and tired and sleep? I hate this roller coaster called diabetes! Thanks for your answers in advance!

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3 nutrients, carbs, fats, and proteins. Proteins mainly for building and maintaining your body, but 4 calories per gram. Carbs and fats are your sources of fuels. You can't cut both to extremes. Carbs convert to glucose, fat doesn't. Need I say more?

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just wondering if false lows can make you feel crappy, or even getting blood sugar under control can make you feel weak and muscle fatige and tired and sleep? I hate this roller coaster called diabetes! Thanks for your answers in advance!
False lows can, indeed, make you feel crappy.

Most of the members here eat far less carbs than your dietician recommended - because we found when we tested that 30g of carbs per meal make our BG spike. So we started cutting down on the carbs.

To keep from starving, one has to replace the carbs with something. Good, saturated fats are the best choice because they do not impact BG at all. Protein is only a fair choice because if one eats a lot of protein, beyond what is needed for maintenance, it can be converted to glycogen and stored in the liver, which then dumps it out as glucose when it thinks BG is getting too low.

A BG in the 90s and 80s is wonderful. But if it is unusual, or if one's BG is droppinquickly, then it feels like one is too low. Once you begin to maintain lower BG levels, the low feelings will stop.

A good place to read about diabetes and how to lower your blood sugar levels is at Blood Sugar 101 It will help you understand the relationship of carbs to BG, and what you can do to keep your BG down to normal or near normal levels. Basically, it's "eat to your meter" - if your meter says a food spikes your BG, then stop eating it.

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As other have said you need fuel. Diabetes is about having carbohydrates intolerance. A good diet that many of us follow with great success is LCHF. You can read more here LCHF for beginners | DietDoctor.com
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I'd say you're still eating more carbs than your body wants, and need to add some fat. I second the idea of checking out the Blood Sugar 101 site.

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As I read the information, be careful to only cut the carbs low and then add fat to your diet. Carbs+fat can cause serious problems.




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Thank you for all your help. I did try Atkins in the past--but then wound up so tired of eating meat and veggies all the time. Does this LCHF really work? How many of you are on it and do you feel good or crappy on it? Just curious!

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It sure does! My profile should tell you that. I'm still eating that way. The others don't work for me.




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Thank you for all your help. I did try Atkins in the past--but then wound up so tired of eating meat and veggies all the time. Does this LCHF really work? How many of you are on it and do you feel good or crappy on it? Just curious!
It absolutely does work!! Look at my signature and see where I started a little over a year ago and where I am now!! I eat very low carb/moderate protein/ high fat (5/15/80) and am in ketosis. I haven't felt this good in years!! I've lost between 45 and 50 lbs too!! (The start weight in my signature was a guess as I didn't have a scale then, I actually was probably closer to 190-195.)

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You already have the dietary advice. The false lows are in all probability being caused by the medication you might be on. Sulfonyureas (usually drugs begining with the names "gly" or "gli") push the pancreas to secrete more insulin, thereby lowering your BG. After having spent a lot of "normal" years at numbers between 150-200 or more the 80-90 seems low to the body (brain) which reacts as if it is a real low. The bloodsugar101 site will teach you a lot of the basics & more.

Most of the forum members are on LCHF. It works wonders.

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