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Low carb and headaches?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by VMK, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. VMK

    VMK · Well-Known Member

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    I am diet only T2 trying and mostly succeeding to control BG with low carb (less than 50 g per day). BUT, I am struggling with frequent, low-grade headaches. Does anyone else have this issue?
     
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  3. VMK

    VMK · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I must try to do that. I’ve always had a problem judging when I need to drink because I’m very rarely thirsty now (unlike how I used to be, during the night, before diagnosis when I was always thirsty).....
     
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    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    I make a point of drinking a mug of water when I get up, when I go into the kitchen to make a meal, and another in the evening, it is simply a habit now and it helps with night time cramps - or I assume it does as I have not had one for some time.
     
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  5. Goonergal

    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    @VMK as well as ensuring you’re drinking enough, make sure you’re getting enough salt. Your electrolyte balance is also important.
     
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  6. VMK

    VMK · Well-Known Member

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    Yes. The dietary adjustments are tricky at first aren’t they as they seem to go against everything we’ve spent a lifetime being told! Thank you.
     
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  7. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How long have you been low-carbing? In addition to what others have already said, I would add that headaches could also be a sign of carbohydrate withdrawal. Otherwise known as 'keto flu'.
     
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    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    It's probably the salt thing, getting slightly dehydrated as you lose electrolytes... If you've kicked bread and such to the curb, you're taking in a LOT less salt than you did before. My bloodpressure dropped quite a bit more than I'd wanted it to, until I added some salt back in. Also, carb-flu can be an issue if its the first days/weeks of low carbing, but yeah.... Just have some bone broth or coconut water. (Or add some salt to your coffee. ;)). Hopefully that'll sort your headaches out.
     
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  9. VMK

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    Thank you. I don’t thing it’s carb withdrawal as I’ve been doing it for several months now. But, the advice about the water and salt makes sense as I haven’t perhaps allowed for that......
     
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    Thank you. I’m going to take on board the advice re water and salt....
     
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    Thank you. All sounds very sensible. Is salt ok in coffee (or have I been missing a trick) ?
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    I have salt in my coffee every day multiple times.
     
  13. VMK

    VMK · Well-Known Member

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    Well, I’m going to try it then........
     
  14. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Not bad... Salt is a flavour enhancer, just like sugar is. Just don't overdo it. ;)
     
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    I add it to tea. The pink Himalayan variety has extra electrolytes.
     
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