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I had an interesting conversation...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I had an interesting conversation with my endocrinologist yesterday... my blood sugar dropped (quickly) to 60 and just wouldn’t come back up... 60 isn’t crisis level... it’s just feel yucky level... or at least that has been my experience. She said that it wasn’t really the blood glucose level being at 60 that was making me shaky and nauseous, but rather the speed of the drop. Hmm, that kind of makes sense. She also had some more difficult information for me... an unexpected side effect of the immense weight loss and lifestyle change I never would have thought about... I am messing up the details In my memory, but basically with the drastic weight loss (160 pounds) and complete overhaul of my dietary and exercise habits that evolved over the first two years of my lifestyle change my liver is reacting as if I were anorexic (which I am not, and she has confirmed this for herself), but it has something to do with the balance of glucagon and glycogen. Basically I have no backup, when I run out of immediately available glycogen there is little glucagon to step in and maintain blood glucose levels... and my sugar crashes. It makes sense, in a weird sort of way. Not to say this is a normal reaction to drastic weight loss... just mine... and my body tends to react... oddly. So, add on the exacerbating effect of my lupus medication and I just have to be vigilant about checking my glucose levels, so a truly low level doesn’t sneak up on me again. Don’t get me wrong, I would Not go back and keep the weight on. I have recent medical issues that make it hard to enjoy the results of a lighter body, but I did for a few years... and dealing with those issues without the extra weight is a lot less taxing (much less dealing with the medical community’s attitude toward those with morbid obesity!)... Anyways... I’m happy that I lost the weight. I feel better on a basic physical level. And I feel better about myself on an emotional level.
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    Very interesting information!
    302 days ago
    That is interesting I hope it willbalance out and go back to a more even keel.
    305 days ago
  • KATIE5668
    We all tend to forget we are all one large interdependent mechanism. Every part has an effect on the others...to help do their job...to keep homeostasis ( a balance within the body)..Your reaction is one reason that I prefer the ci/co route for weight control. The other eating plans tend to limit certain foods, and I know as a diabetic there are more restrictions as well.
    Since the liver is a regenerative organ..in time it should stabilize and begin to preform as it should. Not sure of the length of time..but am sure about the regeneration. That might be a good question to ask your Doctor..
    Glad you got things checked out and have an understanding of what is going on. Take care!!
    305 days ago
    Wow - is there a way to reset your liver?
    305 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
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    305 days ago
    Very interesting....glad your doctor is sharp and knowledgeable.... emoticon
    305 days ago
    Interesting. Always good to get more information. If this is in fact a possible reaction to such a drastic weight loss, I wonder if that implies that it can balance back out again with another year of weight maintenance?

    It seems really unfair that things just keep going wonky after you have done such an extraordinary amount of work to change everything in your life for your excellent health. I know that isn't a new idea to you. Just shaking my fist at the sky a little bit for you.

    I am so proud of you, Chandra. You deserve great joy.

    305 days ago
    It sounds like you got some good information and that you have doctor that knows how to help you. I know it can be difficult to live with multiple health issues. I hope that you'll be able to get everything balanced out so that you'll feel better.

    It's not fun when you aren't feeling great and you are dealing with a lot right now.
    305 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    As I read this being a diabetic myself makes me wonder. Couldn't you snack on healthy protein and/or carbs though out the day? I mean doesn't sugar spikes/drops usually occur within 2 to 3 hours of eating a meal? I'm thinking closer to 2 hours. I know that since I'm still in the high category that my doctor has me testing 2 hours after a meal. So if you are the opposite due to all that has gone on with you, in order to maintain wouldn't it make sense to snack in between meals. I don't mean going overboard, I mean healthy choices, like a slice or two of apple, or 1/2 a banana or something on that scale. Veggies like carrot, cauliflower, or cucumber or peppers?

    I'm just asking if there is a natural healthy way to combat this for you. The body would get use to this I would think, but again this is just opinion. I think next time I see my doctor I'm going to inquire about this.
    305 days ago
    160! Wow! That's wonderful!
    305 days ago
    I hope you found the information helpful. Being another with a body that reacts oddly, my hope for you is that as you continue your healthy habits your body will begin to restore its hormonal balance and, perhaps, this glycogen/glucagon balance will be restored.

    And, you're right about not wanting the weight back because it would only make the medical challenges more challenging. The orthopedic surgeon told me that healing from the pelvic fracture would have been much more painful and challenging had I still been carrying the excess weight.

    Feeling better on a basic physical level and feeling better about yourself on an emotional level is priceless!

    305 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    Wow! There are all sorts of side effects of weight loss and hope that these resolve themselves. You are right though about not wanting to gain back any weight. Sure the positives outweigh the negatives.
    305 days ago
  • MBPP50
    I’m glad that you got some answers and now you know how to deal with it. emoticon
    305 days ago
    Hopefully over time your body will adjust to your new "normal". Glad you found an answer though and now you know what to check to try and stay stable. Hugs to you, Rhonda

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    305 days ago
    Well, absolutely it's hard news to receive BUT now you know what's going on adn can do what you need to in order to take care of yourself. Hugs and prayers.
    305 days ago
    The chemical connections in the body really make it difficult when there are multiple issues. You probably have a checklist that you go through and now you just have to check one more frequently.
    305 days ago
    There is a blood sugar monitor that you implant, and it sends a signal to a little warning device. It's for Type I diabetics, but maybe it would work for you for awhile.
    305 days ago
    Hang in there! I am praying for things to get to a normal level for you soon.
    305 days ago
  • LINDA058
    Great information for you to know
    306 days ago
    Thank goodness you have a medical professional who will explain to you what is going on!
    306 days ago
    It will even out.
    306 days ago
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