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?


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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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