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Old 05-18-2015, 03:34   #1
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By way of introduction, I am a white male, 5'10", 209 lbs (was 225), aged 63 and retired. I had not seen my doctor in about 21 months so, about 10 weeks ago I decided to get a routine check-up (cholesterol, PSA, etc., etc.). I felt fine but I knew I needed to drop a few pounds. Anyway as it turned out, I popped a 7.2 on my A1C and was diagnosed as Type 2. Prescribed Metformin (2 x 500mg/day) and given a Freestyle Freedom Lite monitor and told to start monitoring, change diet, lose weight and be back in 90 days for a follow-up.

So, I read some literature, searched online and immediately got on the low-carb diet and exercise bandwagon. I have lost about 14 lbs (1 stone) and my blood sugar is now rarely above 108 after eating and is usually in the low 90's or high 80's around 2 hours after I started to eat. I do still get the "dawn phenomenon" where my bedtime reading can be 87 and my waking results around 105. The low carb (high-fat, and protein) diet has been relatively easy for me as I rarely get especially hungry or have cravings for carbohydrates.

My biggest problem is that everyday I just get so tired, sleepy and in general feel like crap in the early afternoon that I have to take a nap and even then I don't feel well the rest of the day. I thought at first it might be the "Akins Flu" but that should have let up by now. I felt so much better when I was carrying a much higher blood sugar reading as I did not exhibit any of the typical diabetic symptoms. Everyone says I should feel better, have more energy and be more alert, but so far I've had the opposite happen. Will discuss with my MD in a few weeks during my follow-up. Meanwhile, any good advice is welcome!

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Old 05-18-2015, 03:54   #2
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Welcome to the forum Rag_Dude. Maybe a cup of broth with a big lump of butter would help with your afternoon slump. I'm sure there will be others along with more help.

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Hello & welcome, rag dude. I have no better suggestion that what Jodi (MaJoie) has offered . . . a big cup of salty buttery broth is the best pick-me-up I've found.

Since the LCHF way-of-eating keeps our systems flushed, we can run low on sodium, so it's a great way to add back. And since we're always looking for ways to get more fats in, adding butter makes it just the creamiest tastiest hot beverage. Use a stick blender to emulsify the melted butter into the broth.

I prefer beef broth, but whatever your preference, I hope you'll try this. Welcome aboard.




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Old 05-18-2015, 04:09   #4
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Do you live alone? Ask because you might have sleep apnea. This can rob you of feeling good and cause you to be lethargic. If someone can listen to you when you sleep, they can tell if you snore, gasp for air, and have apneas. This is just a thought.

Do talk to your doctor. Not getting enough of the right sleep will make diabetes more difficult to manage.

Welcome to the forum and do ask questions!

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Welcome Ragman. I am new here as well.

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Hi Ragman,
I just started on the LCHF eating on May 1. I went through a period of feeling very sleepy in the afternoons and at one point I got 'fall down' dizzy in the afternoon. After doing research on this website I concluded that my salt intake must be increased. As soon as I did that, I was oK! Amazing...

I did have a brief return of that problem yesterday, and I took some salt in my hand and scarfed it down....and if a minute of two I was ok....

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I'll try the salt increase and see if that helps - Tnx div2live

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RobertIA - Tnx for the input. Wife says I do occasionally snore for short periods, but no gasping, etc. I usually wake up feeling pretty good and today I felt a little better than usual. Maybe it's getting better(?)

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Welcome! A good way to monitor your sleep is also to get a Fitbit and wear it at night. It has helped me get better sleep.

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