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Doctor insights on: Hcg Diet Explained

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Is hCG diet dangerous?

Is hCG diet dangerous?

Its probably safe: It will raise testosterone levels in men. The HCG diet has had side effects, but those are due to rapid weight loss (gall stones) and eating only 500 calories per day, starvation is not a great plan. I doubt the HCG itself causes many or any problems if used in low doses. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Are hCG diet safe?

Are hCG diet safe?

No: And has not been proven to do any good either .Please stay away. ...Read more

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400 lbs, 5'9". Perfect blood pressure & blood sugar. High insulin and testosterone levels. Abnormal weight gain since childhood. Strict diet. Why????

Other Labs?: I hope your thyroid has been checked and is normal. Although typically those with low thyroid causing weight gain are short and you are rather tall! It is probably a simple matter of more calories taken in than you are burning off which is putting you in a positive calorie balance resulting in weight gain. Drink only water, eat 8 fruits and veggies daily and ramp exercise to 10,000 steps daily ...Read more

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13weeks pregnant. Nuchal measuremnt 1.7mm, free bhcg 0.38MoM, PAPP-A 0.55MoM.Im low risk for all trisomies but worried about low bHCG & PAPP-A levels?

13weeks pregnant. Nuchal measuremnt 1.7mm, free bhcg 0.38MoM, PAPP-A 0.55MoM.Im low risk for all trisomies but worried about low bHCG & PAPP-A levels?

Normal: The results are normal and you should be reassured. The overall result - not increased for trisomies - is what to focus on given it's the result of an algorithm designed for this purpose. Great news. ...Read more

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Will hCG diet afftect implantation?

Will hCG diet afftect implantation?

It shouldn't: The dose is so small and will have no effects on your normal balance of hormones. ...Read more

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My wife is 5 weeks pregnant, (ovulation 7/27) her hCG levels are very low and not doubling ( 8/16 hCG 71 iu; 8/19 hCG 96 iu), what does it mean?

My wife is 5 weeks pregnant, (ovulation 7/27) her hCG levels are very low and not doubling ( 8/16 hCG  71 iu; 8/19 hCG 96 iu), what does it  mean?

Talk to your doctor: Levels should double every two days. (or at least rise by 60%). I would repeat another tomorrow and then talk with her doctor. She is at risk for miscarriage and an ectopic. Make sure you follow up. ...Read more

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Low potassium from poor diet, now eating better, doing 24 hr urine test to check. Nephrologist thinks it's all diet related. Fixable with good diet?

Low potassium from poor diet, now eating better, doing 24 hr urine test to check. Nephrologist thinks it's all diet related. Fixable with good diet?

Low potassium: Yes, indeed; if low potassium is truly from poor diet, then a potassium rich diet will fix the problem. A 24 hour urine test for potassium and magnesium and sodium is proper testing. Ask about aldosterone level, too. ...Read more

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Hcg levels at 2600. Ultrasound Shows nothing. Why?!

Hcg levels at 2600. Ultrasound Shows nothing. Why?!

Hcg levels: Sometimes nothing is present until 3000plus. When a pregnancy shows up on Ultrasound varies. I tend to repeat levels to see if rising appropriately (at least 15-20%) in 3 days is ok and most of my early pregnancies I do a progesterone level. Most ectopic or non viable pregnancies will quickly drop progesterone below 2. See if your doc will order another hcg and progesterone or repeat US 1 wk. ...Read more

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Hcg beta level=605.65miu/ml, progesterone=23.65ng/ml lmp=13jan, 1o day overdue. Is this normal? Too worried hCG is too low according to charts available

Hcg beta level=605.65miu/ml, progesterone=23.65ng/ml lmp=13jan, 1o day overdue. Is this normal? Too worried hCG is too low according to charts available

Trend is important: You should focus less on the tables and more on the pattern. The beta levels should at least double every three days. Your doctor will probably want to do an ultrasound when your beta reaches 2000 or so. The Progesterone is fine. ...Read more

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Does the hCG diet (using injections) effect the beta hCG in a quantatative blood test?

Does the hCG diet (using injections) effect the beta hCG in a quantatative blood test?

Beta HCG : A very good question. The pills and injections given in the "hcg diet" will cause blood and urine levels of bhcg to rise. However, two measurements, a week or more apart, should differentiate between pregnancy ( where the levels will rise predictably) and diet drugs, assuming you are taking a constant dose for the diet treatments. ...Read more

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How rare/common is lab error when hCG blood levels are drawn? (pregnancy related; no other hCG producing issues).

Usually very rare: If done in reputable labs, margin of error is small. If still having a doubt better repeat it. ...Read more

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Being treated for hypothyroid after case of thyroiditis. TSH was 94+ at last check. Urine-protein, blood & bilirubin & creat 1.39. EGFR 45. Weight gain, blurry vision also. Ideas?

Being treated for hypothyroid after case of thyroiditis.  TSH was 94+ at last check.  Urine-protein, blood & bilirubin & creat 1.39.  EGFR 45.  Weight gain, blurry vision also.  Ideas?

See doctor, now: You have a number of issues that need attention. A TSH of 94 warrants thyroid replacement treatment. A EGFR of 45 needs evaluation by a nephrologist. Your weight gain may be due to thyroid deficiency. Cannot comment on blurry vision without examining you. Please see your doctor at the earliest. ...Read more

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Can a strict VLCD diet such as the Cambridge Diet be responsible for low haemocrit levels?

Can a strict VLCD diet such as the Cambridge Diet be responsible for low haemocrit levels?

Low hematocrit: It is possible to develop anemia (low hematocrit) from a diet that is deficient in protein, iron, folic acid or Vit. B-12. Check to see if the diet is supplemented with these. Most of the diets have adequate protein. It is also possible that you could be anemic from menstrual blood loss, which is the most common reason healthy women are anemic. ...Read more

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Fasting Plasma Glucose test reports HB A1c [HPLC] as 5.80% (5.7-6.4) and says "per-diabatic". What are some diet and lifestyle recommendations?

Fasting Plasma Glucose test reports HB A1c [HPLC] as 5.80% (5.7-6.4) and says "per-diabatic". What are some diet and lifestyle recommendations?

Low carb/grain diet: cut our grains/limit starches and increase good fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts). have good animal based protein intake (including organic eggs and fish). A1C of 5.8% is indeed in the impaired range and should normalize with the above diet and 10-20% weight loss if extra weight is present ...Read more

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Blood test results showing high creatine 1.28 and low egfr 55. Glucose is normal but 99. All were normal 6mo ago.No diabetes. Hypothyroid&Hashmotos.

Blood test results showing high creatine 1.28 and low egfr 55. Glucose is normal but 99. All were normal 6mo ago.No diabetes. Hypothyroid&Hashmotos.

Kidney disease: What you are describing is stage 3 Kidney disease, but the labs should be repeated along with urine protein level. If you have high blood pressure, it needs to be controlled. There is treatment to prevent or delay worsening, so talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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Surgical abortion 7/7/15.blood hcg level 8/6/15= 9. 8/19/15 ovulation positive.8/22/15 pg test positive. No real period since the abortion.Help please?

Surgical abortion 7/7/15.blood hcg level 8/6/15= 9. 8/19/15 ovulation positive.8/22/15 pg test positive. No real period since the abortion.Help please?

Pregnant: The most likely explanation is that you are pregnant again. Did you have sex after the abortion? If your BHCG was 9 back on 8.6.15 then that gives the doctor a point of comparison. Another BHCG can be done now. That number can be compared to the other to see if this is a new pregnancy or lingering BHCG from the pregnancy termination. ...Read more

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