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RE: [IPk] reply to Ken - ketones


I have never heard of people developing diabetes if their blood sugars are
low or they use the Atkins or Atkins type diets.  Type 1 diabetes is caused
by an autoimmune condition which damages the beta cells in the pancreas.
Can you give some sources for your information.

I do know that people without diabetes can have low blood sugars and pass
out.  It happen to a neighbour's student daughter, who passed out after not
eating proper meals for 48 hours.   Also a few years back, when my husband
when my husband tried a rather too low calorie diet regimen, with too much
obsessive running he would go hypo, though didn't quite pass out. (god he
was terrible to live with back then!!) but I cant see how this would provoke
Lots of people do have hypo like symptoms, headaches, feeling faint when
their blood sugar is low, from not eating much, or missing meals but this
does not mean that they have reactive hypoglycaemia.

Though I am not saying that some people or your daughter does not have this


> -----Original Message-----
> From: email @ redacted [mailto:email @ redacted]On
> Behalf Of Michele Couzens-Eason
> Sent: 17 January 2005 08:43
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IPk] reply to Ken - ketones
> Hi Ken,
> Yes I am saying that people on Atkins diet in the long term CAN
> be at risk of
> developing diabetes - if their blood sugars constantly get low enough for
> energy to have to be sourced from fat and gluconeogenesis occurs.
> Some people without diabetes suffer from reactive hypoglycaemia
> (my daughter
> is one) which unless controlled by avoiding fast sugars and
> including complex
> carbs and protein in the diet can result in seizure type hypos. (can be
> brought on by shock)
> Maybe it only happens this severely in children?
> A lot of non-diabetic adults suffer low blood sugars when they
> start to shake,
> get headaches, and just 'have' to eat sweet foods if they miss meals -
> particularly breakfast, and it often runs in families. Zinc deficiency is
> often a big contributory factor here.
> Hope that makes it clearer?
> Michele
> Michele
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