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I take beta blocker in morn and CCB at night for high HR. there are times throughout whole day when my HR dips pretty low (sometimes into high 40's)?

I take beta blocker in morn and CCB at night for high HR. there are times throughout whole day when my HR dips pretty low (sometimes into high 40's)?

Dizzy?: My first question is this: are you symptomatic when the blood pressure is low. By this I mean are you dizzy, light headed, short of breath or weak? If yes see someone immediately. If not you should probably see your clinician soon and have an EKG done to be sure there are no signs of a heart block or other problem. And lastly, is this regimen controlling your blood pressure adequately? ...Read more

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I eat lots of sugar before bedtime I wake up the next morning with a higher than usual HR. Why is this?HR upon waking 75+. I take atenolol daily 75mg

I eat lots of sugar before bedtime I wake up the next morning with a higher than usual HR. Why is this?HR upon waking 75+. I take atenolol daily 75mg

Diet/HR: Blood sugar elevations may or may not affect your heart rate especially if you are diabetic or pre- diabetic. I suggest a formal glucose tolerance test by your PCP and certainly modifying your diet, avoiding bedtime sugar loading. Call for formal blood testing and also have your thyroid function evaluated. ...Read more

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How do I speed up metabolism. Low energy post lunch, struggle to drop lbs. Work out twice a week, eat lean meats, sea food. Guilty of carbs, and wine?

How do I speed up metabolism. Low energy post lunch, struggle to drop lbs. Work out twice a week, eat lean meats, sea food. Guilty of carbs, and wine?

Proper breakfast: Look into high intensity interval training, but eating right is key. Try making your first meal a combination of protein and healthy fats (bacon and eggs without the carbs) . The best fats to use are medium chain triglycerides because your body uses them directly for energy and then shifts into fat burning. Also if you avoid carbs your Insulin levels stay low and that inhibits fat storage. ...Read more

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Is alcohol okay with 25 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) once a day at night along with 5 mg of lotensin for high bp?

Is alcohol okay with 25 mg of Zoloft (sertraline) once a day at night along with 5 mg of lotensin for high bp?

Can't say online: Best bet is to ask the physician who is prescribing these meds for you. Zoloft (sertraline) is an antidepressant / anti-anxiety drug. Alcohol is a depressant. So... Generally i would say that having 1-2 alcoholic beverages weekly is probably fine on this regimen, but having several drinks at once is a bad idea... In the end, check with your doctor about the specifics and about how much you intend to drink. ...Read more

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If been over weight all of my life. Just started eating low carbs, trying to keep my carbs under 60 grams a day with one cheat day a week. Healthy?

If been over weight all of my life. Just started eating low carbs, trying to keep my carbs under 60 grams a day with one cheat day a week. Healthy?

Healthy diet: Eat a healthy well-balanced diet, 3 meals without snacks. Caloric restriction if you need to lose weight. There's no magic here. Find an eating plan you can follow the rest of your life, not a short-term diet. Check w/your registered dietitian. Don't try to overly restrict or supplement fat, carbohydrate or protein. Eat each in a sane and balanced amount. ...Read more

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Does a high c reactive protein level mess with your metabolosm? I eat between 800 & 1000 calories/day and exercise 4 days /week and gain weight.

Does a high c reactive protein level mess with your metabolosm?  I eat between 800 & 1000 calories/day and exercise 4 days /week and gain weight.

May be other causes: Are you also suffering from fatigue, heat/cold intolerance, skin changes, etc. If yes to any of these, you may want to ask your doctor to check your thyroid function or look for other causes. The CRP measures inflammation and may be indicative, not the cause, of other issues. ...Read more

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If i eat 6 small meals (instead of 3 regular meals) per day, will that raise my metablic rate?

If i eat 6 small meals (instead of 3 regular meals) per day, will that raise my metablic rate?

No: Eating several small meals will not raise your metabolic rate, but may decrease your overall caloric intake. For instance, eating 150-calorie meal 8 times a day would give you 1200 calories. Most people require 2000 calories a day. This would mean he would have an 800-calorie deficit and would lose 1.5 pounds per week on this kind of diet. You most likely will not fill hungry with small meals. ...Read more

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Can you count one fiber one bar a day to add to your 40 grams of fiber a day along with your fruits ,vegatables and whole grains?

Can you count one fiber one bar a day to add to your 40 grams of fiber a day along with your fruits ,vegatables and whole grains?

Fiber One bars: Yes. Just add the amount of fiber in the bar to your total fiber. Peace and good health. Please do not use the bars alone for fiber. Intake. ...Read more

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Haven't had period 4 4 months due to 1 stone weight loss due to high intensity 1hr workout per day and not eating enough. Have cut back high intensity 1 hr workout to every other day and am intuitive eating to try and get period back. Good plan?

Haven't had period 4 4 months due to 1 stone weight loss due to high intensity 1hr workout per day and not eating enough. Have cut back high intensity 1 hr workout to every other day and am intuitive eating to try and get period back. Good plan?

Better plan: Healthy eating and exercise are certainly a key component to good health. Although in extreme cases of excess exercise and caloric restriction it is possible to stop cycles. This is often called the female athlete triad. If it occurs and Obgyn should be consulted ...Read more

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2yo girl with 9 +11 at 53 instead of 60+ blood cell count with low grade fever and waking up at night screaming. What could this be?

2yo girl with 9 +11 at 53 instead of 60+ blood cell count with low grade fever and waking up at night screaming. What could this be?

See a pediatrician: Answered this yesterday, indicating that had no idea what the values (which blood cells?) you are quoting mean, but that no baby should be waking up screaming every night without some good reason, and the best and only way in which to resolve this is with a thorough history, physical exam and possibly labs and imaging studies. Do they not have pediatricians in the uk health service? ...Read more

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Can being exhausted from a 8 hour work shift and only 6 hours of sleep day to day cause an increased heart rate? I work late and work early...

Can being exhausted from a 8 hour work shift and only 6 hours of sleep day to day cause an increased heart rate? I work late and work early...

Yes It Could: Exhaustion is usually a combination of mental and physical fatigue. In an otherwise healthy person, elevated heart rate could be the result of increased cortisol from disrupted sleep cycle, mild dehydration or combination of both. Suggest increasing your water intake while at work, be mindful of taking deep full breaths every so often, and taking time away from electronic devices before sleep. ...Read more

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In morning I wake up exhausted, lightheaded. My HR drops to 50s and my BP gets low when lying down. Fatigued all day. How to avoid low bp overnight.

In morning I wake up exhausted, lightheaded. My HR drops to 50s and my BP gets low when lying down. Fatigued all day. How to avoid low bp overnight.

Drink more: Drink more liquids - put a glass of water by your bed and sip it when you wake up. Eat more salt. If you use alcohol, stop. Carefully review any meds you're taking including over the counter "natural" supplements with your doctor to be sure you're not inducing diuresis. Eat a hearty breakfast in the morning when you arise. ...Read more

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2yo girl waking up screaming every night, with 9 +11 at 53 instead of 60+ blood cell count, regular low grade fevers. What could this be?

2yo girl waking up screaming every night, with 9 +11 at 53 instead of 60+ blood cell count,  regular low grade fevers. What could this be?

See a pediatrician: Do not really understand your description of values, but no child should be up and screaming every night. Something is going on that needs expert input. If there is an infectious diseases pediatrician available this might be of help. ...Read more

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With high LDL can I drink vegetables and fruits smoothies at bedtime?

With high LDL can I drink vegetables and fruits smoothies at bedtime?

Fruits: okay: Yes, you can drink fruit smoothies as long as they were not prepared with fatty food mixed. ...Read more

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Does ones metabolism slow down in eating 1000 calories per day?

Does ones metabolism slow down in eating 1000 calories per day?

Yes, but...: If you eat less, your metabolism slows some. But it is not that much. It doesn't go down to zero. You still need to pump blood and breath. Exercise can diminish some of the slowing of metabolism. On the flip, when you overeat, your metabolism speeds up as your body attempts to dissipate the excess calories. ...Read more

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Can I do about high insulin low blood sugar that drops all day and night im gaining a lot of weight, tired all time. Blood sugar drops every 90 mins?

Can I do about high insulin low blood sugar that drops all day and night im gaining a lot of weight, tired all time. Blood sugar drops every 90 mins?

Find the cause: I recommend you see a physician to find out why your Insulin is high when your blood sugar is low. This is not a normal response and an Insulin producing tumor needs to be ruled out. You need to find out why your blood sugar is dropping every 90 minutes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel run down and fatigued after having a high junk food (simple carb) diet then switching to a low carb healthy one? If yes, how long?

Is it normal to feel run down and fatigued after having a high junk food (simple carb) diet then switching to a low carb healthy one? If yes, how long?

Healthy living: No. Actually. Are you eating enough total calories? Getting a majority of your calories from proteins? Checked your thyroid and vitamin d levels? ...Read more

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Why is my bg always elevated in the am? I am diet and exercise controlled, A1c down from 7.6 to 6.3, weight down 30 lbs., low-carb, high fiber diet.

Why is my bg always elevated in the am? I am diet and exercise controlled, A1c down from 7.6 to 6.3, weight down 30 lbs., low-carb, high fiber diet.

Question?: Do you eat late or snack before bed? Sometimes what people eat late can carry over to the next am and affect the bs. The other possibility is dawn phenomenon. Some people have higher morning blood sugars due to hormones which are highest in the am and they drive up the blood sugar also at that time. Talk to you doctor to see which is the problem and the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Type 2 diabetic, no meds, sugars controlled by low-carb diet. 1 hr postprandial blood sugar 6.5, then at 2 hr mark DOWN to 3.5-4. WHY THE LOW DROP?

Type 2 diabetic, no meds, sugars controlled by low-carb diet. 1 hr postprandial blood sugar 6.5, then at 2 hr mark DOWN to 3.5-4. WHY THE LOW DROP?

Diabetic: You are not diabetic, you have diabetes and should work to get rid of diabetes. With appropriate food intake and exercise you should gradually lower your blood sugar level to a point where your diabetes is no more. There are many easy to read articles focussing on blood sugar information. Let me know if you are not working towards no longer having diabetes. ...Read more

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Is taking high protein140g/day low carb <150g diet safe?140pd male doing strenuous workouts for health&vanity.

Is taking high protein140g/day low carb <150g diet safe?140pd male doing strenuous workouts for health&vanity.

Unsafe, unwise: I believe most extreme diets are unhealthy and unwise and this is a good example. I advise limiting protein to about 70 grams a day. Higher amounts puts stress on the kidneys, can cause osteoporosis and may reduce longevity- esp. if the main source is animal protein. I believe it's not wise to limit all carbs- but it is wise to limit sugars and starches. See http://tinyurl.com/hqxta7c and comment. ...Read more

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Will eating low carb everyday(less than 30g)a day put me into ketosis? If not how can I get into ketosis? Im 5'3 217lbs

Will eating low carb everyday(less than 30g)a day put me into ketosis? If not how can I get into ketosis? Im 5'3 217lbs

Possibly: Ketosis and ketoacidosis are different things. If your body senses it is not getting enough carbohydrates, it will start using fat to feed some tissues. This process increases the production of ketone bodies, which are acids. We all make ketones when we starve. A healthy diet needs about 50% of total calories to come from carbohydrates. In diabetics, ketones can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Eat low carb and exercise 5 days a week, Walk 5 miles a day, weights 3 days and swim 30 minutes 2 days a week for the past few years. lost 50 lbs but plateaued at around 220 any recommendations.

Eat low carb and exercise 5 days a week, Walk 5 miles a day, weights 3 days and swim 30 minutes 2 days a week for the past few years. lost 50 lbs but plateaued at around 220 any recommendations.

You're doing well!: going from 270 to 220 will have a significant lowering of risk of diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Of course, you will have about 500 LESS calories burned per day due to the lower weight. Calorie count, estimates of how much net in/out is a first start. Sounds like with an 1800 cal diet, you should be losing. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ might be helpful ...Read more

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What would be the easiest way to lose this last 5 pounds? Low carb. More cardio, im eating now about 1400 calories a day.

What would be the easiest way to lose this last 5 pounds? Low carb. More cardio, im eating now about 1400 calories a day.

Diet & exercise: Make sure you exercise 90 minutes a day, don't skip meals, avoid soda, juice, dairy, alcohol and fried foods. Eat a healthy well balanced diet! also water, organic vegetable broth, green leafy vegetables, natural pickles, apples are great to fill you up so you dont feel hungry and they are very low in calories. ...Read more

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Is carb cycling (2 high carb day followed by 1 low carb day) long term safe for someone who is athletic and don't need to lose weight ?

Is carb cycling (2 high carb day followed by 1 low carb day) long term safe for someone who is athletic and don't need to lose weight ?

Depends what type of: exercising you are doing? High intensity, triathlon, marathon, or short burst, walking, running, sprinting? If you are a long, term high intensity runner, triathlon, you need to have more calories (carbs) before hand to not burn up (or consume) your muscles as fuel instead of the carbs. If you just do mild exercising (nothing long distance), it will be safer. Moderation is key! ...Read more

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I weight 68K at 5,4 what is the maximum weight i can lose in exactly 4-5 months? With low carb, fruits and proteint diet and 60min cardio a day

I weight 68K at 5,4
what is the maximum weight i can lose in exactly 4-5 months? With low carb, fruits and proteint diet and 60min cardio a day

Weight: It is recommended that weight loss occur at the rate of approximately 1 pound a week. The exact weight loss depends on the duration which in your question is inexact! ...Read more

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Friend is vegetarian but wants to eat low-carb(under 120ish per day). What are some healthy food options for her? Thank you very much for your time!

Friend is vegetarian but wants to eat low-carb(under 120ish per day). What are some healthy food options for her? Thank you very much for your time!

Atkins Diet maybe: A low-carb diet limits grains, starchy vegetables and fruit — and emphasizes foods high in protein and fat. Many types of low-carb diets exist. Each diet has varying restrictions on the types and amounts of carbohydrates you can eat. Not all low carb diets are healthy nor equal in value. ...Read more

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How many grams of carbs a day is considered a low carb diet?

How many grams of carbs a day is considered a low carb diet?

40-60g/day.: More if you exercise a good amount. Some low glycemic carbs can increase the daily amount. You can "google" "low-glycemic foods, and multiply the carbs by the glycemic index. Whatever you do, weight should come off, if your choice is appropriate! ...Read more

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Im on a low carb diet cuz im insulin resistant. How many carbs should I be consuming a day?

Im on a low carb diet cuz im insulin resistant. How many carbs should I be consuming a day?

"Carbs": This depends on the type of carbohydrates you mean. You need certain types for healthy body functioning. Vegetables & fruits are carbohydrates -- just as grains, potatoes, breads, and sweets are. However, sweets are full of sugars that raise your blood glucose too rapidly. Avoid those -- they'll make you store fat. Can eat high fiber veggies & fruits, beans, lentils, quinoa, brown rice, etc. ...Read more

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What would the positive effects of running a mile every other day whilst maintaining a low carb diet be?

What would the positive effects of running a mile every other day whilst maintaining a low carb diet be?

Depends: How long does it take to run the mile? The ideal physical activity to stay healthy is about 45 minutes per day of moderate intense (difficult to sing) pr 22"5 minutes of high intensity (difficult to spea). A mile every other day isn't enough but it's a great start. Find time during the day to grab 5 minutes here and there to go up and down the staircase or take a brisk walk around the block. ...Read more

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Is a low carb diet safe for people diagnosed with hyperlipidemia (spelling?). Im a 40 year old female. I walk 3 miles a day.

Is a low carb diet safe for people diagnosed with hyperlipidemia (spelling?). Im a 40 year old female. I walk 3 miles a day.

Absolutely : Low carbohydrate diet reduces insulin resistance which ultimately reduces lipogenesis or the synthesis of lipids hence will lower your cholesterol and even more your triglycerides. ...Read more

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I am an endomorph, i follow a low carb diet & do a lot of cardio, would i still get to 10% bodyfat if i take a day off & eat junk food 1 day per week?

I am an endomorph, i follow a low carb diet & do a lot of cardio, would i still get to 10% bodyfat if i take a day off & eat junk food 1 day per week?

Mind change: "body type" / "endomorph" talk is mostly subscience. You'll get yourself lean when, and only when, you lose your taste for high-calorie, unnutritious food. Your athletic peers will reinforce this. It's great that you're doing a lot of cardio, but save the big empty-calorie tickets for when you're out with friends and even then, impress them by eating a salad. Ask your physician for guidance. ...Read more

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I am on a low carb diet, every other day I do 40 minutes on a cross trainer and 30 minutes on a bike... Will i loose much weight this way? Or will it tone?

No way to tell: It depends upon your total caloric expenditure versus your intake. It takes 3, 500 calories to gain or lose a pound. Calculate your intake minus expenditure -- if the number is negative, divide 3500 by that number and the result is the number of days it will take to lose a pound. Focused exercise will, in general, help to tone you up, but there are many other variables. ...Read more

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On a 2000 calories a day low carb diet how many grams of carbs should I aim for ?

On a 2000 calories a day low carb diet how many grams of carbs should I aim for ?

Depends on type : A low carb diet might have 5-10% of calories as carbs. I am not big of counting calories but the biggest problem I have with your question is not all carbs are created equal- mimimize sugars/starches/simple carbs but complex carbs in veggies, beans, nuts and low-glycemic fruits do not need to be avoided. See http://lowcarbdiets.About.Com/od/lowcarb101/a/gettingstarted.Htm. ...Read more

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If i eat a low carb diet and drink 2 gallons of water a day will i lose weight fast?

If i eat a low carb diet and drink 2 gallons of water a day will i lose weight fast?

Calories, exercise: If you also do aerobic exercise at least 3-5 times a week, weights to build muscle, and restrict your intake of calories by about 300kcal less a day, you will lose about a pound a week which is safest. The main thing is to learn new habits by changing the old over time. Smaller portions with white smaller plates actually has been studied to help. Drink water or water-based soup or salad first. ...Read more

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