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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. 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


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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. What's best way to lose weight. I eat lean meats and veggies and I get weak and hungry I end up eating more. I'm 5'2 140 pounds.

Low blood sugar and bp. What's best way to lose weight. I eat lean meats and veggies and I get weak and hungry I end up eating more. I'm 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

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My brother is having alot of problems he has a white tong sudden weight loss a blood sugar high of 341 and loss of balance what can it be?

My brother is having alot of problems he has a white tong sudden weight loss a blood sugar high of 341 and loss of balance what can it be?

Go to ER: Your brother is sick. Take him to the hospital. His blood sugar may be higher or lower than that when blood glucose is tested. If he is losing his balance, that's not good. There are many possible causes, some serious, most treatable! But he does not to be seen now. Don't let him drive since he has trouble with balance and feels bad. ...Read more

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Started metformin for prediabetes and noticed my desire to overeat has disappeared. Is keeping blood glucose in the 80s all ther is to weight loss?

Started metformin for prediabetes and noticed my desire to overeat has disappeared. Is keeping blood glucose in the 80s all ther is to weight loss?

Depends: Metformin and blood sugar control can be a miracle for newly diagnosed type ii diabetics. If you eat your healthy diabetic diet with appropriate calories and exercise you should be fine. When your cells are starved for sugar you might think you are hungry when you are not. Always remember you have to do your part! ...Read more

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How important is fiber in regards to weight loss and blood sugar?

How important is fiber in regards to weight loss and blood sugar?

Fiber is quite: Important regarding bowel regularity. Slowing absorption of sugar, normalizing blood sugars and maintaing a healthy weight. ...Read more

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Can going a long period with consumption of high blood sugars cause you to lose weight?

Can going a long period with consumption of high blood sugars cause you to lose weight?

Yes: Its called a ketogenic or atkins diet. Your body breaks down fat and makes ketones to run the body....Its not a safe diet.....Ketosis is not the best way to run a brain or a muscle. You may lose weight on this diet from fat loss and muscle breakdown...I don't recommend this way to lose weight. ...Read more

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Ketonic diet for insulin resist 35f? allow for stable blood sugars, feeling better and weight loss? No carbs = no sugar spikes/crash & fat burn? Good?

Ketonic diet for insulin resist 35f? allow for stable blood sugars, feeling better and weight loss? No carbs = no sugar spikes/crash & fat burn? Good?

May: Be helpful short term. Will suggest modified ketotic diet. Which is adding just a small amount of high complex carbs. This reduces pro inflammatory markers and long term sustainability ...Read more

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What should you eat when your blood sugar is low if you're trying to lose weight?

What should you eat when your blood sugar is low if you're trying to lose weight?

Meat and veggies: Eat only meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry and low starch veggies, drink only water. In other words avoid all carbs, carbs will only briefly raise your sugar levels and then you will get hungry again. The fats in the meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry will act like a "log on your metabolic fire" to keep your blood sugar stable for hours. The stable blood sugar will keep appetite lo. ...Read more

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Cant lose weight. Thryoid and all blood work normal. Low sugar higher protein meals. Small portions. Cardio exercise. And no results. Help?

Cant lose weight. Thryoid and all blood work normal. Low sugar higher protein meals. Small portions. Cardio exercise. And no results. Help?

Keep it up!: You're heading down the right path. See a nutritionist and/or a personal trainer to help alter your current routine to fit your personal goals. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is a good carb intake to lose weight and keep blood sugar from dropping too low? This happened with a fad diet I tried. I am not a diabetic.

What is a good carb intake to lose weight and keep blood sugar from dropping too low? This happened with a fad diet I tried. I am not a diabetic.

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY: The more complex carbs are better in this regard. White flour carbs are very quickly absorbed and can cause a sudden surge in Insulin levels, which will invariably drop you like a bad marriage within a few hours. More complex carbs will get absorbed slower, hence preventing or decreasing Insulin spikes. As a rule of thumb, never eat carbs by themselves, no more than 20-30 grams per meal. ...Read more

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68 yr-old man, new-onset loss of left toes dorsiflexion, 51 years after Harvey Cushing's Osteoplastic Craniotomy for temporal lobe epilepsy.....?

68 yr-old man, new-onset loss of left toes dorsiflexion, 51 years after Harvey Cushing's Osteoplastic Craniotomy for temporal lobe epilepsy.....?

See ur NeuroSurgeon: New-onset loss of L foot dorsiflexion after craniotomy may be a complication of surgery, perhaps related to positioning. EMG/NCV (muscle & nerve testing) can localize site of nerve injury. Physical therapist can offer exercises to improve function as well as recommend ankle-foot orthotic to minimize risk of falling/tripping due to foot drop. Bottom line, chat w/your NeuroSurgeon then see FamilyDoc ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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


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