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feeling bad on 72 hrs fast

Discussion in 'Fasting' started by Fuggs, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. Fuggs

    Fuggs Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Because my blood sugars were gradually creeping up past 6 over the last few months I decided to go on another 72 hour water fast to get my insulin levels down. Which I did last year with no problems. The 1st couple of days were fine, even though I did feel tired, but today in the morning, I felt decidedly dodgy. 4th day. I felt weak,my heart rate was up and I felt slightly dizzy my blood glucose showed 4.2 which I didn't think was particularly low. However I decided to break the fast and had a breakfast of scrambled eggs and tomatoes. A couple of hours later i feel fine.
    Has anybody else come across this situation where they feel a little bit hypo on 4 or thereabouts. I didn't even think for 4.2 Mmol was hypo, but I have suffered from insulin resistance for quite a long while and I did come off metformin last year on doctor's orders as my blood sugars had come down from rand bat 12 or 13 to about 6.
    I am age 71 and the last few days being on the fast I've had very little energy and havnt felt like exercising at all.
     
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    mojo37 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes anything on the low 4's and I feel shaky and confused . I have had 2 readings of 3.4 last year and I was definitely experiencing hypo 's . People with diabetes are different some on this forum appear to be fine on low 4's but for me around mid to low 5 is what works .
     
  3. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    When your body has gotten used to higher levels you can definitely experience hypo symptoms well above 4, it's called a 'false hypo'.
    When you get your blood glucose down, your body will get used to lower levels again and the hypo symptoms at non hypo levels will disappear.
     
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  4. Fuggs

    Fuggs Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Aha..I wasn't aware of that, never heard of it. That explains a lot. I am going to go full keto and if I can stay around five I will be happy.
    Does that also explain the absolute feet dragging fatigue perhaps?
    Unfortunately through this lock down caper, I have been remiss in my eating habit. Having done 4 days, I will work at it to keep it there.
    Thanks..:)
     
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    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I have no idea about that. I've never done keto, and I've never have wanted to fast so I'm not the one to ask.
    I'm pretty sure I wouldn't feel well when I hadn't eaten for over a day, but this doesn't tell us anything about how you feel.
    Glad to have been of help on the false hypo part though :)
    Wish you all the best!
     
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    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    If your fast gave your body a bit of a jolt, you could have been experiencing a bit of keto flu. I know you were fasting, but keto flue is basically a form of withdrawal from carbier foods.

    It can last a few days, but if it is carb flu, it goes once your body gets a bit more used to it's "new normal".

    Well done on taking positive action.
     
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    Fuggs Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that reply. Never thought about Keto flu although have heard of it. I did feel rubbish, lethargy, tired. Never hungry though. I now need to steer clear of carbby foods as you say.
    I lost a couple of kilos, so will go again in a couple of weeks, but prep myself with keto before hand.
    Thanks.
     
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