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Posted by MannaMe (Member # 33330) on :
Those of you who have gained weight since Lyme, has it been all over or mostly in the midsection?

My hubby has gained a lot of weight. I'm not sure exactly when it really started packing on.

He's gained 86 pounds since his preLyme days.

And what have you done to try to loose the weight?
What worked best for you?
Posted by Lymetoo (Member # 743) on :
I've gained weight from MCAS .. you might look into the histamine connection regarding diet.

I gain a lot of fluid easily.

Many Lyme patients have MCAS. (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome)
Posted by tulips (Member # 44773) on :
I have Babesia and have put on a lot of weight, mainly in my stomach. I don't eat large quantities of food but it's as though my metabolism has slowed down. Lately, I've tried parking far

away from my destination and walking to get where I need to go, but nothing seems to help and every night when I weigh, my weight is still at the same.
Posted by Keebler (Member # 12673) on :

It's actually not uncommon for that degree of weight gain -- and there may be nothing to do about if he is otherwise doing the best he can with nutrition.

Often, once lyme / infections are adequately addressed with direct, assertive measures and support . . . when the infections clear, then the weight has been known to taper way down.

Inflammation & liver support as well as adrenal & cardiac support are key - along with proper anti-infection methods.

It is often best not to try to loose weight (and any nutrient deprivation can be dangerous) in such a case yet focus on a healthful life-style as best possible.

Topic: Borrelia / TBD / mycoplasma / chronic stealth infection Weight Gain?

Understanding some of what's going on, why . . . And What Can Help.
Posted by momintexas (Member # 23391) on :
One of my Dr's referred to me as a thin person trapped in a swollen and irritated body.

Once infections are under control and all of the underlying issues that go with it are addressed,

the weight will begin to come down.

(what Keebler said) [Smile]
Posted by MannaMe (Member # 33330) on :
We figured it must be Lyme related as he was always a slender person before Lyme.

He just looks so uncomfortable with a belly that looks like he's 9 months along.........

He's eating much better/healthier now than he did in his pre-Lyme life.
Posted by lookup (Member # 44574) on :
Could be a insulin resistance/hormone situation (and throw inflammation in there too).

Eat like a diabetic (balance the protein with a carb and a fat). The Zone book or any free Diabetic Association teaching booklet/magazine has the lists.

We knew someone who ate like that and their belly went down in 6 weeks with a loss of 36 pounds! wowzer!
Posted by Keebler (Member # 12673) on :
"a belly that looks like he's 9 months along"

yes, metabolic issues . . . and also can be a sign of liver distress that is very common with lyme. Adrenal dysfunction can also do that - and adrenal issues are a major issue with lyme.

The metabolic issues that lookup mentions are in the "Potbelly" book in that links set and describe how infection can do this, other links help with what to do about, etc. Liver & adrenal links also in that set.

lookup's mention of balancing of the three major food groups is ever so important.
Posted by Keebler (Member # 12673) on :
Lymphatic system is also under great stress with inflammation, toxicity and that can cause all kinds of "stagnation" and swelling.

Massage can be of great help to many as can very specific herbs (just never push too hard with pressure or any other modality, it's all about support, direct support but still not too harsh with anything).

Buhner's books address all the matters at hand, too.
Posted by lookup (Member # 44574) on :
Someone on lymenet found out they had a SIBO situation that caused a huge belly.
Posted by Lyme Husband and Dad (Member # 49491) on :
My wife has, but don't tell her I said so :-o
Posted by Lymetoo (Member # 743) on :
Originally posted by lookup:
Could be a insulin resistance/hormone situation (and throw inflammation in there too).

Yes, and SIBO as you mentioned.
Posted by MannaMe (Member # 33330) on :
We know he had / has adrenal fatigue, is supplementing for it and doing much better in this area.

He also had / has hypoglycemia, so eats a balanced diet (proteins, fats & complex carbs)

He has been treated for leaky gut syndrome.

He had the male hormone panel done several years ago and there were several out of range. His healthcare professional had helped to treat, but we never retested to see where he's at. Too many $$$$ that we didn't have.

I read up on the symptoms of SIBO, but they don't sound like him.

We do know he has MTHFR C677T and doesn't detox well. His blood pressure tends to rise the more toxic he is. So we can kind of keep an eye on the toxicity levels that way.

He's currently off all bp meds for a couple years and his doctor is very pleased with his record that we bring along to each visit.

He does very little to no exercise due to low energy and needing it for daily living plus being able to work at his home based business.

He is gluten free and egg free, low sugar, and uses goats milk when the goats are milking.
Posted by LisaK (Member # 41384) on :
I lost weight when I straightened out my thyroid and adrenals. that really helped.

Posted by etb6855 (Member # 48383) on :
Has he had his Leptin level checked? Look up "The Biotoxin Pathway" by Shoemaker.

Lyme, mold and other biotoxins) can produce excessive cytokine levels which can damage the leptin receptors in hypothalamus; fat cells then produce more leptin which can lead to obesity that does not respond to diet/exercise.

Damaged Leptin receptors also lead to reduced production of MSH (a hormone that has many functions) by the hypothalamus as well.

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