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Can Nausea And Vertigo Be Caused By Lowering Carbs And Increasing Protein Intake?

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Posted on Mon, 16 Oct 2017
Question: I am 67years old and have started a diet lowering carbohydrates and increasing protein intake. I've begun being nausious, dizzy, clammy skinned. Could this be a cause?
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Answered by Dr. Shafi Ullah Khan (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Supportive care, no worries

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for asking

I read your question and i understand your concern. Diet low in carbohydrates and high in proteins is desirable to lose weight. It is unlikely the cause of your dizziness. Hypoglycemia could explain the dizziness but that is unlikely as proteins can get converted to glucose inside body. Dizziness is mostly benign symptom and self resolves. Just take some antivert and wait and observe. If the symptoms persist, get evaluated for other causes of dizziness by consulting a local physician. They will run some tests and see what is causing it. I am sure it wont come to that.

I hope it helps. Take good care of yourself and dont forget to close the discussion please.

Regards
Khan
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Shafi Ullah Khan (25 minutes later)
I included clammy skin and nausea with my symptoms. Does that affect your suggestions?
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Answered by Dr. Shafi Ullah Khan (24 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Need work up to rule any underlying pathology

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for getting back to me

Cold and clammy skin would make me suspect hypoglycemia and i would like to get it tested via glucometer. Also vascular and cardiac causes should be ruled out as low blood pressure and cardiac perfusion issues can cause that too. Consult your doctor and let them have a look and run some baseline work up to find out all the possibilities.

I hope it helps.
Khan
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can Nausea And Vertigo Be Caused By Lowering Carbs And Increasing Protein Intake?

Brief Answer: Supportive care, no worries Detailed Answer: Thank you for asking I read your question and i understand your concern. Diet low in carbohydrates and high in proteins is desirable to lose weight. It is unlikely the cause of your dizziness. Hypoglycemia could explain the dizziness but that is unlikely as proteins can get converted to glucose inside body. Dizziness is mostly benign symptom and self resolves. Just take some antivert and wait and observe. If the symptoms persist, get evaluated for other causes of dizziness by consulting a local physician. They will run some tests and see what is causing it. I am sure it wont come to that. I hope it helps. Take good care of yourself and dont forget to close the discussion please. Regards Khan