Energy deficiency & Diabetes!

A diabetic person is generally advised by doctors and experienced & expert people to go for regular

i)diet control and

ii)physical exercises.

And if a diabetic person goes for the same then he/she feels energy deficiency.

Experienced and expert people,in the forum,are requested to guide-how to overcome energy deficiency,keeping blood sugar level under control, especially,when weight reduction is required?

37 Replies

  • what is energy deficiency?

  • Dear ragivrao,Perhaps you are in joking mood.I believe that you are one of the knowledgeable & experienced persons in the forum and I have learned many things from you by going through your posts,queries and conversations with others!By the way,thanks for your query.Energy deficiency means-shortage of energy.

  • since you have been questioning others i thought you will explain what you think on the issue and how do you measure it.

  • Your approach is very genuine on this issue.Let me to elaborate the situation-

    My blood sugar levels are almost under control after a long struggle and with the help of diet control and physical exercises.I hope for a better HbA1C report.Initially,when I started diet control and physical exercises then there was no any feeling of tiredness for longer time.But now days,I feel it in spite of controlled blood sugar levels.Now,this question is in mind-How can I overcome my energy deficiency?If I increase diet intake or decrease physical exercises then there is a risk of weight gain as well as rise in blood sugar levels.

    Please advice!

  • Might be feeling of fatigue !!!

  • So what is solution?

  • Consult your GP or a Diabetologist !!!

  • GP?

  • General Practitioner

  • Less exercise and more good fats at the expense of less carbs :)

  • Thanks for suggestion!I want to know that whether VCO can be added in green tea or not?

  • You can take it whichever way you like. No fixed prescription for this :)

  • Well!How many spoon daily at maximum?

  • Ramp it up slowly as stomach may revolt. So, start with 1 teaspoon and in one week ramp it up to 2 TABLE SPOON ie increase by 1 teaspoon a day to reach level of 2 TBSP a day. 1TBSP = 3 tsp.

    Continue with 2 TBSP a day (this is besides what's used for cooking) for 3 months or so and if you weight is stable (ie not declining) then test for LIPIDS.

    If LIPIDS don't show that you are a hyper responder, you can increase to 3 TBSP a day. Stay around 20% for carbs.

  • OK.Got it! May I add occasionally a very small amount of deshi gur (made of sugar cane) to coconut milk (made of khopra)?If not then what else can be added?

  • You can begin with taking it as cold coffee and avoid adding sweetener. If it doesn't suit your taste, then add stevia (comes as pellets). Adding gur once in a while is ok but as regular practice, I would avoid.

    You can add a scoop of protein powder also for variety.

  • Do you use coconut milk after filtering it or without filtering it?

  • Filtering. The trash that's leftover can be dried and used to make coconut flour which can be used in many ways in dishes.

  • Nice idea!

    I have used VCO & coconut milk for 1 month nearly and then my LIPID profile changed as given below:

    Ser Chol:106 to 136(150-250),

    HDL:48 to 50(30-70),

    LDL:40 to 65 (75-150),

    VLDL:18 to 21(5-40),


    Blood Urea:27.8 to 24.6(10-50),

    Creat:1.2 to 1.1 (0.4-1.6)

    Note:1.First test was conducted on 18.07.2015 and second on 26.08.2015

    2.Figures in ( ) indicate normal range for your ready reference.

    Please,observe it and suggest that continuation of VCO & coconut milk is advisable or not?

  • VCO is Virgin Coconut Oil !

  • I see no abnormality in LIPIDS.

  • My good luck!

    Let me to know whatever changes have been occurred in LIPID values are going towards +ve (good side) or -ve (bad side)?

  • (1) Aim for Triglycerides < 100.

    (2) HDL going up is fine

    (3) Total Cholesterol is a useless number.

    (4) TG/HDL if you can achieve < 2 it's great. Lower values would be indirect indication that LDL is large and fluffy. Not all LDL is bad.

  • So VCO & Coconut oil can be continued by me to overcome energy deficiency?

  • Yup!

    VCO, Coconut Milk, Ghee, Butter, nuts all should be there.

  • OK.Thanks a lot for all suggestions given by you!

  • Dear MYDBGone,

    No,it is not!

    According to best of my knowledge LCHF diet plan is also for pure vegetarians.For details of LCHF diet,please link to

  • OK.Follow the following link:

  • 5% carbs is very difficult for most Indians and that's more of a ketogenic diet.

    20% Carbs is workable for Indians.

  • Sir what about olive oil in place of coconut oil ?

  • VCO is 2/3MCT approximately.

    MCT is not processed like LCT in body. It gets shunted through portal vein and then converted to energy (ketones). The next best repalcement is palm kernel oil as that also has a high MCT content. Check the graphics on the following link to understand the difference between how MCT is different from LCT:

    VOO is good just for salad dressing and not cooking.

  • Sir thanks for information.

  • The basic post is very true in my case too. I am diabetic for the past 26 years and now keeps a diet regulation by avoiding carbs as much as possible and do a regular morning walk of 4 kilo meters. I too feel rather tired most of the time. I have attributed it to my old age of 76 years. Of course the sugar status is under control to some extent.

  • What were your last FBS,PPBS and HbA1c?

  • Generally speaking, with progression of not well managed diabetes and reduced physiological functioning of the body, there will be some amount of physical stress and tiredness if one continue what was done earlier, however it is not wise to give it up and suggest to monitor the sugar levels more frequently and establish a relation between type of exercise and its impact, for ex in my case cycling about 5-6 km drops to near normal compares to walking, performing Yogic exercise drops the levels to mid way, a good chat with a close friend on the previous evening and an intense 5-6 hours sleep puts levels to near normal etc. Stress and mind management contributes significantly.

  • in the context of the disussion on the aspect of general weakness experienced by diabetics while tightly controlling blood sugar by dieting and physical exercise,there is a possibility that body does not get sufficient nutrition specially minerals and vitamins which are primarily provided by food grains.I am reproducing an article on food which may not be entirely followed by diabetics but used as a basic thought and suitably modified to the needs of diabetics.

    " Here’s how to create a healthy relationship with your food.

    Let's compare your body to a top notch luxury car- a Lamborghini, an Aston Martin, a Ferrari... take your pick!

    Now think about this: What sort of fuel would you use for your car? Will you settle for adulterated, cheap fuel?

    Obviously not! And why so?

    Because it will end up damaging your car.

    In order to maintain it, you will not only have to take good care of it but also opt for the best fuel available.

    Now think about yourself. Do you pay as much attention to your body?

    Like the car, you must also consume good quality food items to keep your body healthy and yourself happy. Best quality does not mean expensive food, but local, natural, fresh produce that helps your body work beautifully. This means, home cooked meals. They are lighter and fresher than restaurant/readymade food.

    Your body is a complex machine and needs food to function.

    It needs vitamins and minerals to help in functions like producing blood cells and hormones, strengthen bones and teeth. A correct proportion of fat helps in insulating the body and transport vitamins. Protein-rich foods initiate repairing and building muscles. And water helps the body to absorb and transport oxygen and nutrients to the organs.

    In order to make your body function properly, intake of certain food items on a regular basis is important.

    It is simple, Good food = Good performance.

    This is the reason why athletes are always on a strict meal plan.

    How do you feel when you have eaten unhealthy foods?

    Apart from the mental guilt factor, your body responds by getting sluggish, slowing down all the functions inside, resulting in a drop in energy levels.

    Your body craves for a wholesome, well balanced meal. Then, why deny it?

    Every time your body signals that it is hungry, it needs the right kind of fuel function in the right way. If you choose to eat right, you won’t put on weight.

    Let's take a look at what can you eat in a day to keep yourself fit. Bear in mind you want to eat fresh, nourishing food items that are wholesome and satisfying. They should be freshly cooked and negligibly processed. Plan a good, mouth watering menu for yourself.


    After a long duration of sleep and no food, your body wakes up hungry. The body requires a good source of energy and nutrients. So let’s plan for a rich source of carbohydrates.

    You can either opt for a bowl full of oats, wholegrain bread, whole wheat pancakes, or chapatti.

    Add more carbohydrates in the form of fruits. This will also give your body a good amount of vitamins and minerals.

    Don’t miss out on having fibrous food items like dry fruits.

    An egg or unprocessed cheese also gives the body the necessary proteins. Enjoy it with your tea or coffee.

    Mid Morning

    As you go about your morning routine and energy gained from your breakfast starts getting used up, you need to refuel to keep going. Pick a fruit, a handful of nuts or a cup of yoghurt along with your tea or coffee.


    Our Indian thali is actually a very well balanced meal and makes for the best lunch -- chapati, veggies, dal and rice. Yes, you can eat rice. Opt for brown rice to make the meal healthier.

    You can also have a sweet dish (desert), but only a small portion of it.

    Evening Snack

    Tea or coffee, along with fruits, nuts, raw veggies with a dip like hummus or yoghurt.

    A slice of banana bread or wholegrain bread with a spread of your choice.


    Round of your day with a warm, hearty bowl of lentils, chicken or fish along with a serving of salad and some chapati, bread, rice or pasta.

    Finish off with a good dessert like poached pears or apples, a serving of fruit and custard perhaps.

    Now think about how you eat your food. Eating should be an enjoyable process. Always relish your meal.

    Once you start following a healthy food chart, both your gut and your mind will be content and cravings for unhealthy food will also reduce gradually.

    Do note that nowhere in the meals is ‘diet’ or ‘low fat’ food written. That is because your body doesn't need it when you eat a balanced meal. Isn't that great?

    Just as you have to keep the car running every day, you also need to do the same with your body.

    But given how sedentary our lifestyle is, compensate by walking whenever possible. Take the stairs instead of the lift, walk to work, walk for your errands… get the drift? The idea is to get at least half an hour of intense physical activity a day. Stop counting calories! Eat well to stay fit

  • No one who writes such articles have ever "EXPLAINED" scientifically what vitamins and minerals we are missing on 20:20:60? Do they really look at 20:20:60 diet? I don't think so.

    They just rehash what's written on ketogenic or VLC diets -- something that we simply don't follow. So, someone needs to explain in details what exactly we are missing. Until then, it's just a rant based on incorrect assumptions and presumptions against LCHF -- 20:20:60 -- that we follow and preach. 90% of them won;t even know the difference between LCT and MCT and it's just like saying that VODKA or GIN = WATER just because both are colorless.

    Feeling low is subjective. I don;t think any clinical trials ever looks at "FEELING". They just look at NUMBERS. So, doesn't matter if those taking STATINS "FEEL" fatigued as long as LDL gets lowered. Clinical trials don't ever give a damn to FEELINGS. They would go out of way to prove that Statins don't damage muscles. This is just one example. Drug Invokana increases LDL, but FDA let is pass, probably because so what if Invokana increases LDL, they have STATINS to reduce LDL. So one drug assisting sale of other drug.

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