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NAYPOOIE Posts: 8,848
6/25/14 2:13 P

My guess would be that the doc meant you don't handle carbs well, as in pre-diabetes or type II diabetes. Cutting back on carbs would be in order, but zero is probably not necessary.

Since she mentioned Atkins, which is not zero carb, I suspect that she meant low carb. Atkins starts out very low carb, then increases slowly after you've broken the carb addiction.

Can you tell us what brought about this suggestion? High blood sugar, high A1c test?

While you can eat virtually zero carb (essentially meat only), you will still have glucose in your blood, because your body will make some from the protein you eat.

I would ask for clarification.

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6/25/14 1:44 P

Carbs fuel your brain -- a zero carb diet could be disastrous for you. Get a second opinion now!

TRIPLEMWF Posts: 906
6/25/14 11:30 A

I agree with the others. That is a vague diagnosis with a possibly dangerous plan. I would call your doctor back for more clarification, and would also schedule an appointment with another doctor for a 2nd opinion. And then a referal to a Registered Dietician.

The thing is, most doctors know squat about nutrition. They take something like 1-2 classes the entire time they are in medical school. I trust a doctors opinion enough to tell me if I'm sick, or to tell me that I'm overweight, but I do not trust them to tell me HOW to lose weight.

6/25/14 6:46 A

There is no official "medical diagnosis code" of carb intolerance.
And suggesting the use of a "zero-carb diet" is nutritionally inappropriate.
Call the doctor and ask for more clarification or ask for a referral to see a Registered Dietitian.

Perhaps the doctor wants you to follow a "lower carb" diet, and use primarily healthy types of carbs: non-starchy veggies, beans, yogurt, etc. This would be more of a carbohydrate controlled eating plan.

You need to ask a few more questions??

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6/24/14 9:57 P

I find that odd as well, ask for clarification.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/24/14 9:48 P

I really hate to say this, cause normally I'd defer to an M.D....but, zero carbs? I mean, that means no fruit or veggies, yes? At all? I find that very odd.'s possible...if you follow the Intuit way of eating:

Anyway, second opinions exist for a reason....know what I mean emoticon

ANARIE Posts: 12,980
6/24/14 8:45 P

Contact the doctor and tell her you need clearer instructions, preferably with a referral to a registered dietitian she knows and has worked with before. There's basically no such thing as a zero carb diet, at least not one that a normal person can figure out and use and stay healthy on.

Actually... Is this a real doctor, or is it a chiropractor? Carb intolerance is an extremely vague diagnosis-- most people who have something like that are intolerant to a specific type of carbohydrate, like lactose. They're missing one of the enzymes needed to break down that particular type of carb. If you were really intolerant to all carbs and needed to go on a zero carb diet, that's a huge medical crisis. You don't get a diagnosis like that and then get sent home to figure it out by yourself. Is the zero-carb diet supposed to be temporary while they do more testing to figure out which enzymes you're missing and why? If not, if she just said "You're carb intolerant; stop eating carbs," then I think maybe it would be a good idea to see another doctor and get a second opinion.

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6/24/14 8:25 P

hi new here and doc said i hav carb intolerance and should go on a zero carb diet. she mentioned atkins but when i look at that it still has carbs...any suggestions? anyone who is or has done this?

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