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Muscle cramps caused by overweight?

A year and a half ago I broke my knee.  Needed surgery and physical therapy.  The pins and wires are still in the knee.   I am over 60 and diabetic, I don't heal too fast and only just now starting to resume normal activities.  A year and a half of inactivity made me gain 40 pounds, mostly on the abdomen.  Sometimes when I bend over I get such a cramp in my abdomen.   How is this happening and will it go away as I loose weight?
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1756321 tn?1547095325
Hehe. :)  Speaking of toxins, I came across this article "5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting" (I do intermittent fasting as my normal way of eating anyway; I fast 14 to 20 hours a day) which states this...


You might wonder what the heck even is autophagy and why should you care?

Well let me tell you:

Autophagy is an extremely precise mechanism of action in your body which in a nutshell means that your body flushes out everything it doesn’t need. This happens in the cellular level. So basically your cells remove all the toxins in them.

So it’s “detoxification” on steroids.

The good news are that according to this study, fasting has been shown to induce autophagy in the human body.

NOTE: Autophagy is something that significantly increases your testosterone production, as it removes xeno-estrogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals from our cells."

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1530171 tn?1448129593
Red Star, you don't miss a beat!

Yes, you should try coconut oil.
I've been buying large quantities of 5 Lt pails at wholesale prices, on a share/co-op basis for years and the majority of the people still buying it
are fairly healthy-  some who had some issues are significantly healthier!

And if you don't do oil pulling (most oils work for this, but I find Coconut oil
works better), you're depriving yourself from one of top ways to expel toxins and bacteria BEFORE  they enter your body!
And your teeth and gums feel wonderful within just a couple weeks of oil pulling.

Look up the coconut research center website.
Dr. Bruce Fife there, is one of the most amazing researchers, I've come across. I have read many of his books- most of which are on coconut oil.

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1756321 tn?1547095325
I agree with you about the canola oil actually. I avoid oils high in PUFA. I use cold pressed macademia oil personally. I'm interested in trying coconut oil as well.
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1530171 tn?1448129593
If your BMI is over 20, then you might be leptin resistant, something you could have before your knee injury, resulting in increased inflammation
with higher Tumor Necrosis Factor and affecting T4 conversion to T3
and T3 resistance, even with "normal" Labs according to conventional serum thyroid tests.
Decreased bone metabolism ( TNF  lowers  D3  as well which is needed for calcium metabolism) is a likely causative factor in the knee fracture.

Magnesium deficiency (as Red Star mentioned), leptin resistance with high circulating leptin, is common with diabetes sufferers.
Usually leptin resistance precedes insulin resistance and may lead to
other hormonal deficits in the long run because of increased cortisol at the expense of other hormones, which eventually results in adrenal fatigue, as it is unsustainable (high cortisol) over long time.

A paleo diet with ample intake of healthy fats is recommended by most knowledgeable practitioners, but do not expect your doctor to endorse this,
unless he's holistic and open minded.
Sorry Red Star but I feel "unfriendly" toward canola oil (PUFA, GMO etc)
Use organic virgin coconut oil for cooking as it does not alter chemically and will not contribute to inflammation when heated unlike all long chain fatty acid vegetable cooking oils!
I had an entire discussion last Feb on this with a friend who's a Clinical Dietitian (studied with my wife)  and she had no idea about all the controversy with this. There are other much healthier oils, but must be cold pressed, fresh, refrigerated and consumed cold away from hot meals

Try transdermal magnesium chloride (magnesium oil) treatments for the safest and most efficient ways to boost your Mg levels. It will serve you well in more ways than what you can ever imagine! One side benefit is that it will help increase bone and joint flexibility over time.

Let me know if you need details.


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1756321 tn?1547095325
My waist to hip ratio was a sky high 0.96 due to severe insulin resistance. If you want to gain weight around the abdomen you do so eating carbs! I was eating too much refined sugar (a naughty carb lol) in my low calorie diet. And when you are insulin resistant/diabetic you are losing excess magnesium through the urine. Magnesium deficiency causes muscle cramps.  I reversed my severe insulin resistance by avoiding added sugar (I'm not a big carb eater otherwise) and I'm no longer losing excess magnesium either.

From Diabetes UK - Low Carb High Fat Diet...

"What is the low carb, high fat diet?

As the name suggests, the diet suggests eating high fat and low carbohydrate foods.

The LCHF diet is different to such diets as the Atkins diet as there are no ‘stages’ to work through, so the diet can be followed indefinitely.

Who is the diet for?

The diet, because of its low requirement for insulin, has been recognised by the Swedish government as being suitable for people with type 2 diabetes and as helpful to individuals looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

Which foods can I eat on the LCHF diet? – Green light foods

The following foods are compliant with the diet:

Dairy: natural yoghurt, cheese, cream, butter
Olive oil and canola oil (organically grown and cold-pressed)
Home made sauces

The recommendation of the low carb, high fat diet is that people eat full fat versions of dairy food in preference to low fat options.

The diet does not rule out fatty meats and instead encourages people to leave the fat on rather than removing it.

Organic versions of foods are suggested where possible.

What food can I have up to moderate amounts? – Amber light foods

The following foods can be eaten in moderate amounts:

Bean and lentils
Nuts, almonds and sunflower seeds
Fruit (not including dried fruit)
Chocolate with a high cocoa quantity (65 to 90%)
Sausages can be eaten occasionally but can include undesirable additives.

Alcohol can be included with the note that it is fattening and can lead to imbalances in blood sugar.

What should be avoided on the diet? – Red light foods

The diet suggests that only a minimal amount of the following should be eaten:

Potato, rice, bread, flour and corn based products
Other cereal-based products – such as pasta, pastry, biscuits and breakfast cereals.
Dried fruit
Sweets and cakes
Sugary drinks
Omega-6 based oils – such as corn, sunflower, safflower, soybean and peanut oil"
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