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25 Jul 2006

Consult a dietician or go to the gym
I am a 26yr old female, 1.73m tall and weigh around 68kg's. This can be considered to be an everage body size. I don't smoke and only drink occasionally. My problem is I have struggled with "fatigue" for a while and it became worse in the past two years. I feel sleepy at lot during the day at work, I'm without energy and feel tired most of the times. My body has started getting aches & pains (lower back, hips & thighs). I sleep an average of 7hours every night and don't even struggle to fall asleep. My GP has run so many tests (blood) varying between; LB pressure, diabetes, blood sugar content, HIV, red and white blood cell count to name but a few and they all came out clear. This means that there's nothing physically wrong with me. In fact, I'm a very healthy woman according to the tests apart from the minor-moderate stress. Could this be a poor diet problem or is this all in my head.
Please advise, I'm desperate.
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Kay
With a BMI of 22,7 you are certainly not over- or underweight, both of which could indicate a poor diet. You don't mention what type of diet you are using and if this diet is rich in carbohydrates (our best source of readily available energy) or fruits and vegetables (our best source of protective vitamins and minerals). If you avoid carbs then this could be the cause of fatigue and it would be advisable to increase your intake of unprocessed, high-fibre carbs. If you don't obtain sufficient vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from fresh fruit and vegetables (at least 5-a-day), then you may benefit from taking a complete vitamin and mineral supplement like Centrum or Supradyn Forte for a month or so. Another factor that should always be considered is depression which can make patients feel very tired, so if you think this could be a factor, ask your dr to refer you to a clinical psychologist. Finally there is regular exercise that helps to combat fatigue because it improves the blood and oxygen supply to the brain and body. Although you feel so knocked out, try to slowly start increasing how much exercise you do. Start off with a short slow walk for 10 min and then gradually increase how far and fast you walk till you are walking for at least 30 min a day.
Hope you soon feel more energetic.
DietDoc
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