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#1 of 7 Old 09-10-2007, 02:29 AM - Thread Starter
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Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer input.

The situation in a nutshell is this: DH has been seeing a naturopathic thyroid specialist for the last year and is now taking the right dose of thyroid medication to get his daytime body temperature to normal (he was hypothyroid before). He is also a Celiac and has been on a gluten-free diet for over 9 months. He is also radically deficient in vitamin D, and is taking a high dose of D3 from Thorne Research.

But he remains extremely metabolically resistant. He weighs around 295 lbs and can't lose weight because even though he follows a challenging workout routine, his body puts on some muscle and then cannibalizes the muscle to put on more fat. (He gets plenty of protein in his diet, so that's not the reason.) He is at high risk for diabetes (blood too sweet) so his doctor has put him on a very low-carb diet to keep his blood sugar stable.

His doctor says according to the new research she's read and also the anecdotal evidence with her other patients, correcting the vitamin D deficiency corrects the metabolic resistance, which then allows the person to lose the unhealthy extra weight and thus greatly lower the risk for diabetes. But he's been taking 10,000 iu of vitamin D3 for a little over 2 months now, and isn't getting better.

He felt better initially, but now he's developing muscle fatigue/lack of stamina, shaking, and difficulty concentrating. Does this describe anything you have personally experienced or heard about? Any ideas would be much appreciated. Thank you!!
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Those could be symptoms of hypoglycemia. Is he checking his blood sugar? If he's on a very low-carb diet but his body is still over-producing insulin, maybe that's pushing his blood sugar too low?? I don't know, just an idea. If that could be it, I guess he could test it by increasing healthy carbs (combined with protein) for a couple of days.
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My first thought is some kind of insulin resistance with the weight symptoms. DH (a type 1 diabetic) has and he has similar symptoms of muscle weakness, poor coordination, difficulty concentrating, moodiness, speak before thinking... when his blood sugar is either super high or low. Ususally high though.
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Syndrome X? Insulin Resistance? Vitamin B 12 too low? You already mention hypothyroid.

Those are what I think of, since those are the ones I went through.

Also... what about having his hormones checked? I have PCOS, so I know my wacky hormones can make me feel weird but I imagine it would be the same for a man if his hormone levels are not where they need to be for optimum health. He's going to feel "off."

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Muscle weakness & shaking (also the inability to concentrate) are also all symptoms of adrenal fatigue - hypoclycemia is often the very first symptom of adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue & thyroid disease go hand in hand, whenever one is affected, the other is too (even if it doesn't show up in blood work.)

I've had hypoglycemia for as long as I can remember, if I don't eat often enough throughout the day, I get dizzy, shaky & nauseous. While pregnant, I have to carry nuts or animal protein around with me or I'd risk passing out. I also have a very fast metabolism & have struggled all my life with keeping weight on, especially while bfing.
After a period of severe stress last spring (both emotional stress & then the physical stress of having just given birth, bfing & caring for my 2 other children) I developed the mucle weakness & shaking, also chronic muscle pain. It took a whle, but I found an ND & he dx'd me with adrenal fatigue via a saliva test through Diagnos-Techs lab. The bonus, my ND is a member of Price-Pottenger!

There's a thread here in H&H on the first page or two titled "THE Adrenal Fatigue Thread," there's lots of good info in it. In the first 10 posts or so, I posted my saliva results & explained everything I've learned about it since being dx'd, including the supplements I take.

Does your DH take CLO? I'm assuming he does since you're a TF gal.

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Thank you guys, I'll check out that other thread too. Yes, DH is taking 20,000 iu of Blue Ice CLO daily (which is the amount I take as a pregnant/nursing woman). I really wish his ND was on board with Price's research. She agrees with the research behind the low-carb diet, but has never heard of NT. *sigh*
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Sounds like you've got some good leads here. Also check for ketones/make sure he has enough carbs. Too low carb and you get issues too tjat can make you feel rotten.

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