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Keto And Low Blood Sugar? Pcos Help. : Keto

Hello! I'm new here and have a question. I have PCOS and take metformin (a diabetes medicine) as well as aldactone (a blood pressure medicine). I do not have high blood pressure or diabetes, but these medications are commonly prescribed to women with PCOS for other reasons. My issue is this - in doing keto, I commonly get low blood sugar. I know this is likely related to the medication but I cannot stop taking it yet. I get dizzy and feel as if I'm going to pass out. The treatment for this is sugar, however that knocks me out of keto. Currently, I'm keeping my carbs pretty high (around 80g/day) to combat this. I still register in low ketosis with keto sticks at this level, and I am losing weight, albeit slowly, which I am fine with. I'm wondering if anyone who is taking these medications (the metformin is likely the culprit) has had similar experience and can offer advice. I take 500mg only once per day - down from 500mg 3x per day. Any ways to avoid the low blood sugar while cutting my carbs more? Just for additional info, I eat 1400 calories a day and I do use dairy. Not a big milk person but I eat cheese, butter, half and half in my coffee, etc. My daily goal is 25% protein, 15 Continue reading >>

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  1. classichammer

    I started keto on 3/2. I tested my fasting blood sugar and got 107. After eating a meal of pork shoulder and broccoli fried in butter, I checked my blood sugar level again, 84. Is that normal? In any event these first few days I have gone from 202 to 196 and went from 25.9 to 24.9 percent of body fat.

  2. blurfocus

    This seems to be fairly common among people with insulin resistance. This article tries to explain it, but isn't all that clear. Maybe some others can chip in with better explanations.
    http://www.ei-resource.org/illness-information/related-conditions/hypoglycemia-and-insulin-resistance/

  3. BethAtTheHug

    Sounds like a touch of Reactive Hypoglycemia - which is something I get if what I eat has any sugar, whether it's in the form of table sugar or sweet to the taste veggies. Mine got less as I became keto adapted. If it gets significantly worse, it's doctor time to check you out.

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Blood Sugar At 65 - Keto

It's fine, your brain is fueled by ketones. 33/M/6'2" | SW 250 | CW 191 | GW 185 | 24% BF | Lightly active Just rechecked, got a 77. Bad test strip? It's possible. Maybe you also have naturally low blood sugar? How often do you test? I just started yesterday. I woke up to 131 after 10 hours of not eating. :( But, since I started keto, it hasn't been above 139 after meals. 33/M/6'2" | SW 250 | CW 191 | GW 185 | 24% BF | Lightly active I was pre-diabetic last year at my checkup with a fasting glucose level of 125. Seems to be quite a reversal since starting Keto. I was just diagnosed with type 2, 3 weks ago. My a1c is 8.1. Do you take metformin or invokana? Because in the brief time I was on metformin my blood sugar dropped to dangerously low levels. I had to stop taking it because I had all the adverse reactions possible, except death lol Now I just do keto and my levels are more normalized but it's only been 2 weeks so they'll improve if I stick with it. Which I have to do because the meds don't work for me. Anyway, back to my original question, metformin can cause dangerously low blood sugar levels when used in conjunction with keto. Okay. So maybe you just have naturally low fas Continue reading >>

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  1. Prooffread3r

    Obligatory link to /r/keto
    Weight-wise I'm still struggling, I've lost 12 pounds, which is a drop in the bucket and nowhere near the success stories I've read about here, but I have trouble finding the mental whatsis to exercise.
    Dietwise, I'm sure I'm not in ketosis, I think I'm barely keeping carbohydrate intake below 50g/day. But hey, it's a start and with my blood sugar under control I feel a hell of a lot better.
    Edit: My family going overboard to make sure I didn't eat anything remotely sweet during Christmas week is pretty apparent in the graph!

  2. toccobrator

    I've lost 70 pounds so far on keto and my a1c's dropped to 5.4 at last check, probably lower now. The weight came off by restricting my caloric intake. Exercise isn't really a factor in weight loss, it's almost 100% about eating less calories than you burn. Exercise is awesome for blood sugar, cholesterol and general fitness but I figured it would be a lot easier to exercise when I weighed less.
    I started daily workouts as of a couple months ago and I'm really into it now, but it's slowed my weight loss since I'm developing muscles.
    edited: words

  3. classic__schmosby

    which is a drop in the bucket and nowhere near the success stories I've read about here
    No, you're doing great. The best of the best is what you'll see upvoted, but those results are far from "typical," both here and /r/keto. I did keto years ago and ended up quitting after losing nearly 75 lbs but still being another 75 from my goal of under 200 lbs. I plateaued for a year before getting discouraged seeing others' success stories.
    I'm glad I got that out of my mind and got back on keto. On the ADA diet I spike and sometimes overcorrect. With keto, there's barely any insulin needed for "meals" and mostly just a tiny correction here and there (plus basal, obviously). I'm still pissed 3 doctors, 8 nurses, and my family all kept pushing me away from keto and some tried to say that it caused my diabetes.

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[psa] Diabetes + Keto + Alcohol = Dangerous Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia) - Keto

[PSA] Diabetes + Keto + Alcohol = Dangerous low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) If you have diabetes, you probably know that drinking alcohol can drop your blood sugar dangerously low, especially if you take insulin. If you're on keto, you probably know that your alcohol tolerance is reduced. If you're diabetic on keto, please don't drink, because it will take less to drop your sugar, especially if you've been active or fasting. This can happen very quickly and there is a real risk of dying from hypoglycemia or possibly alcohol poisoning. Drinking temporarily stops production of ketones and on keto you have no or reduced glycogen (which you liver releases to process alcohol). This can cause confusion and black outs even if you haven't had much to drink. If your blood sugar crashes, you might not be able to help yourself, and other people will probably think you're just drunk. My husband nearly died last night after his blood sugar crashed from moderate drinking. He'd previously had a good grasp on how alcohol effected his blood sugar, and his blood alcohol was below the legal limit. But it was a perfect storm: he'd played football that day, burned up his glycogen, was on ketosis and ha Continue reading >>

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  1. sadstyle

    Yesterday a paramedic was doing routine tests on me, which included a blood sugar level test. Mine was 3.1mmol/l. I had to take 2 tubes of the oral glucose gel to get it back within the normal range (above 4). They asked me if I had had something to eat that day and I did. I had a keto dinner (creamy cheesy spinach, tuna, and some broccoli and green beans sautéed in butter) 4-5 hours before the test.
    Is this normal when following keto? I don't think I have ever had a problem with a low blood sugar. Should I be worried? Or could it be something unrelated to keto and more to do with a medication I'm taking?
    Thanks guys.

  2. sadstyle

    I was freezing and shivering. And the paramedic said my hands were very cold and clammy. I didn't have headache or dizziness, but some palpitations were present that came and go several times during the hour. I was surprised when they said I had low blood sugar because I didn't think I was. I don't know if those symptoms may be attributed to it.
    Also, a bit of a science question. I thought that body maintains blood sugar through glycogen (if carbs is significantly reduced) or through glycerol from the triglycerides. So even if you don't get enough carbs/sugar from food, your body gets it from fat/glycogen? So your blood sugar should still remain within the narrow range?

  3. ivosaurus

    No. Being in ketosis will in fact give you a far lower constant blood sugar, and is a normal part of being in this state.
    This is because ketosis is a complete shift in gear for your body's metabolism. You stop using glucose as an energy source (mostly), so it simply doesn't need to be present in the blood any more.
    Glycogen is mainly used as a temporary store of glucose when you are on a "normal" carb-based diet. It's stored in your liver and muscles and will deplete over a day or two after you start a keto diet, and thereafter your body's metabolism will completely move to a ketone/fat-based one.
    Your body will convert protein, either from outside sources or your own muscle to get its minimum needed glucose if you are eating a truly tiny / non-existent amount of carbs. The recommended 20-30 grams daily is easily enough for your body's needs during ketosis, though.
    All that said, you should definitely try and find out what gave you such serious symptoms; maybe it was deficiency in other minerals (or maybe it was truly blood sugar in some way) but if the paramedics weren't informed you were practising a keto diet that might have lead them to a wrong conclusion (not necessarily, but might have).

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