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Could epilepsy medications be causing low blood sugar or weight loss?

Could epilepsy medications be causing low blood sugar or weight loss?

Cause or effect?: As a general rule most epilepsy medications stimulate the appetite. Topiramate and Felbamate can decrease appetite in some patients. All aeds may be associated with depressive reaction. Many aeds may affect liver metabolism and may affect sugar metabolism. You need a thorough medical evaluation to look for other causes. If side effects are too much, a trial of another AED would be reasonable. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What is the best way for someone with low blood sugar to lose weight?

What is the best way for someone with low blood sugar to lose weight?

Small frequent meals: A diet that is high in protein, high on fiber and low in carbohydrates can help. Having 100-200 calories every 2-3 hours will keep blood sugars and metabolism even. ...Read more

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Low blood sugar and bp.Whats best way to lose weight.I eat lean meats and veggies and i get weak and hungry i end up eating more.Im 5'2 140 pounds.

Low blood sugar and bp.Whats best way to lose weight.I eat lean meats and veggies and i get weak and hungry i end up eating more.Im 5'2 140 pounds.

Exercise: Exercise and stick to your diet. Only you can make the difference in what you eat or don't eat. With practice, you can learn to overcome the hunger pains. They diminish greatly after the first five days, so make it your goal to stick to your diet very strictly for the first five days. Everyone gets a bit more tired from exercise and dieting. Take a nap. Good luck! ...Read more

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My fasting blood sugar is 6.5.Is this too high? I am not diabetic. Can this be a cause for weight loss.

My fasting blood sugar is 6.5.Is this too high? I am not diabetic. Can this be a cause for weight loss.

Question not clear: Do you mean 65 or 6.5? If it is 65, it is borderline low; usually this level does not cause any symptoms. If it is 6.5, it does not make sense. It is too low and this level should cause severe symptoms such as confusion, agitation or even coma in most patients. ...Read more

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Is there a weight loss shake dairy free recommend - stress, blood sugar, age has caused me to have problems losing weight?

Is there a weight loss shake dairy free recommend - stress, blood sugar, age has caused me to have problems losing weight?

Yes: There are many options for meal replacement/supplementation. Key elements to look for in a dietary meal replacement would be 1) a balance of protein to carbohydrate - look for a better than 1:3 ratio 2) quality ingredients (many are soy or whey based - you would look for soy to avoid dairy. There are many brands so you many want to sample a few. Consider some research into the glycemic index. ...Read more

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What if i keep my blood sugar very low with insulin will this help with weight loss?

What if i keep my blood sugar very low with insulin will this help with weight loss?

No, but: It often means you are obese and Insulin resistant with a strong predisposition to future diabetes. Eat less, exercise and lose weight before it's too late. ...Read more

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After losing 30 kg through diet my fasting blood sugar went down from 100-110 to 75-80 (no medications). How did weight loss make that happen?

After losing 30 kg through diet my fasting blood sugar went down from 100-110 to 75-80 (no medications). How did weight loss make that happen?

Insulin sensitivity: As you lose weight your body becomes more sensitive to insulin. As you gain weight, your body becomes more resistant to Insulin and has to make more of it- to absorb the sugar in your diet. With weight loss, you now have a normal blood sugar as a result of increased sensitivity to your circulating Insulin level. ...Read more

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Every medication my diabetic mother tries to take for acid reflux causes her to have low blood sugar. What medicine can she take that won't do this?

Every medication my diabetic mother tries to take for acid reflux causes her to have low blood sugar. What medicine can she take that won't do this?

Other meds?: In order for a diabetic to have low sugars, they have to be on a medication for diabetes that can cause low sugars (insulin, glyburide, glipizide). If she is not on any of these meds, she may feel like her sugar is low, but if she measures it, she will find that it is not low. If she is on these meds, her dose needs to be adjusted so that her sugars do not become low. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more