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Mononucleosis, low vit D levels, and type 1 diabetes, I'm a mess!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 05, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Hello,

I am a type 1 diabetic and was diagnosed with mono last February, it took me a couple months to get rid of it. I've had a resurgence of symptoms since the end of November and they're much worse this time around. I've been sleeping more than ever and can barely make it out of my house long enough to get to the grocery store. I'm 20 and a college student, so i guess I've been lucky to have a break between semesters. In august I had blood work done and had low levels of vitamin D, although my endocrinologist failed to mention it. I critically looked over my blood results in November when I started feeling down and noticed the low levels. I immediately began supplementing. I just had another round of blood work done yesterday and I'm waiting on the results. I have been eating a paleo diet since October, but have recently gotten a lot stricter. For the next month I have decided to cut out all dairy, in attempt to rebuild my gut. I have also been struggling with chronic constipation. I have recently began with probiotics and apple cider vinegar before meals. I usually work out 4-5 times a week but since November I have barely been able to make it once a week if at all.

I would appreciate any and all advice. I start back to school in 10 days and I just don't know how I am going to do it.

Some specific quesions I had are:

  • How much vit D3 should I supplement?
  • Other than the occasional Kombucha, what are some other probiotic recommendations? Preferably low carb and non- dairy. Any good pill form supplements? There are so many out there.

    Thanks so much for reading!

    • Hannah

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on May 13, 2013
at 02:11 AM

Ray Peat thinks polyunsaturated fats are the main cause of diabetes.

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on April 01, 2013
at 03:22 AM

Certain times of the month seem to always lead to constipation in females.

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on April 01, 2013
at 01:45 AM

also with the bowels, I am a t1 too, and I notice if my blood sugars average higher than about 180 for a few days, this causes constipation and as angelina mentions above make sure you drink heaps of water. PS also I experience constipation at certain times of the month, just before my period.

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:06 PM

Thanks! I'll switch next time I need to replace it.

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:54 AM

Mag oxide is not absorbed as well as citrate.

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on January 21, 2013
at 02:32 AM

Thank you for your response! On my most recent blood test, early Jan, my vit D levels were 41ng/ml. I am now supplementing 4,000 IUs of vitamin D3 and 10,000 IUs of vitamin A. I was aiming for a ratio similar to that found in nature. I have not been able to figure out where to buy or how to prepare liver yet, so I thought this may work as a substitute for now. I do eat lats of grassfed butter and am beginning to reintroduce dairy. This includes grassfed cheese and kefir. I am also supplimenting magnesium oxide, not citrate. I am unaware of the difference. Any further insight would be great!

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on January 06, 2013
at 03:46 AM

You might want to slowly try out the starches then- I suffered from horrible hypoglycemia, then went low carb and fixed it- now I need a bit more carbs to really feel healthy. Low carb isn't a forever thing for many people! Glad to help!

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on January 06, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Thanks, I've definitely been looking into green pasture's cod liver oil, it's just a little pricey. I am trying sauerkraut out and started taking magnesium supplements a few days ago. Safe starches are tough for me because they make it really tough to control my blood sugar, it's already a little out of whack because of my cortisol levels from being sick. Thanks for all your advice!

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 20, 2013
at 04:42 PM

Sorry to chime in so late!

Actually, fermented or regular CLO is NOT a very good source for D3. The ratio of D3 to A is waaaaaay too low. Eat liver for Vitamin A. Grassfed butter or Gouda cheese for K2.

I recommend Carlson's Solar D Gems to my clients. It's in a CLO base and very cheap on iherb.com. Try 8,000 IUs for 3 months and then re-test your level. Aim for 60-80 ng/ml.

Magnesium Citrate 400-600 mg at night will help with sleep AND constipation. It's also a co-factor for D3.

Fermented dairy, like goats kefir, will actually be beneficial for your gut, unless you have a dairy allergy.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 21, 2013
at 03:54 AM

Mag oxide is not absorbed as well as citrate.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

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on January 21, 2013
at 06:06 PM

Thanks! I'll switch next time I need to replace it.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

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on January 21, 2013
at 02:32 AM

Thank you for your response! On my most recent blood test, early Jan, my vit D levels were 41ng/ml. I am now supplementing 4,000 IUs of vitamin D3 and 10,000 IUs of vitamin A. I was aiming for a ratio similar to that found in nature. I have not been able to figure out where to buy or how to prepare liver yet, so I thought this may work as a substitute for now. I do eat lats of grassfed butter and am beginning to reintroduce dairy. This includes grassfed cheese and kefir. I am also supplimenting magnesium oxide, not citrate. I am unaware of the difference. Any further insight would be great!

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on August 07, 2013
at 09:02 PM

I went through Mono also, and also suffered through a relapse. Not fun at all! Effective recovery for me meant improving my immune system and healing my adrenals. Look into these things, they were major players for me and I suspect for others as well.

Feel free to message if you want details on how I recovered, more than happy to share!

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on January 06, 2013
at 04:08 PM

With increased vitamin D you also need vitamin K2 to avoid calcium imbalance. The best source of k2 is grassfed butter or ghee.

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on January 06, 2013
at 01:59 AM

Fermented Cod liver oil for the vitamin D. Everyone should be taking it! Its more of a food then a supplement- and I hear that green pasture is the best of the best brand (I use what I can get without ordering online)..

If your able to make it yourself, sauerkraut for probiotic (but don't get the store bought stuff)..

If your doing strict paleo and your energy levels are still super low, try adding some safe starches if you haven't already.

As for bowels, magnesium supplements. They will also help you sleep so take about 400 mg before bed.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

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on January 06, 2013
at 03:41 AM

Thanks, I've definitely been looking into green pasture's cod liver oil, it's just a little pricey. I am trying sauerkraut out and started taking magnesium supplements a few days ago. Safe starches are tough for me because they make it really tough to control my blood sugar, it's already a little out of whack because of my cortisol levels from being sick. Thanks for all your advice!

A19808eb723793b6c0dc40c773d8e9bb

(215)

on January 06, 2013
at 03:46 AM

You might want to slowly try out the starches then- I suffered from horrible hypoglycemia, then went low carb and fixed it- now I need a bit more carbs to really feel healthy. Low carb isn't a forever thing for many people! Glad to help!

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on January 05, 2013
at 05:00 AM

About the bowels--are you drinking lots of good water? Hydration is always important when looking at bowel movement. herdoc.com has Intestinal Formula#1 for constipation. Capsule--all herbal. Don't take if you have ulcerative colitis, crohns, etc. Recommendation is to start with one capsule at night. If that doesn't get you going, you increase. There is info on the website and also by their 800 number. He makes the safest herbs around. It does have Habanero powder in the formula so it does get "warm" past one capsule--I don't feel it when taking only one. Non habit forming. If you want to do a bowel cleanse, you can get Formula 1 and Formula 2 to take together and ask them for the bowel cleanse book which is complimentary. I like all of his herbs and herb formulas but do not recommend his Super Foods as I do not agree with taking algae which is a form of fungus. Great products otherwise.

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

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on April 01, 2013
at 03:22 AM

Certain times of the month seem to always lead to constipation in females.

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

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on April 01, 2013
at 01:45 AM

also with the bowels, I am a t1 too, and I notice if my blood sugars average higher than about 180 for a few days, this causes constipation and as angelina mentions above make sure you drink heaps of water. PS also I experience constipation at certain times of the month, just before my period.

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