Fasting

Fasting is a state of being refrained from eating food and drinking fluids willingly. Fasting helps in weight loss and improves overall fitness. It boosts cognitive performance and decreases the risk of developing metabolic diseases in the body. It decreases the development of obesity and other chronic diseases. It is good to follow short fast periods of 8 to 24 hours. Long fast periods increase the risk of developing problems due to fasting.

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Can delirium be caused by fasting and lack of sleep?

Query: Hello doctor, Can delirium be caused by fasting and lack of sleep? My 25-year-old daughter is delirious. She does not know who she is, thinks she was in a coma, etc. Hospital ran blood and urine test and a cat scan, all were normal. No new medications. I thought it has to be something physical beca...  Read Full »


Dr. Amit Jauhari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answer to your query is yes. Prolonged fasting and no sleep can cause mental and physical symptoms similar to mania or delirium or coma. It would have been helpful if serum electrolytes, catecholamine levels, and urea levels were recorded or mentioned because BP is ...  Read Full »

Does drinking alcohol after fasting result in burping up brownish acid?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 39-year-old male with acid reflux. I am taking Phentermine 37.5 mg for weight loss. On Wednesday, I ended up getting my COVID vaccine. The next day, I had a fever (took two medicine for fever that day) and returned to normal on Friday. Then yesterday (Saturday), I fasted all day and...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Alcohol is the cause of gastritis, inflammation of the stomach lining. And it can cause nausea, vomiting, pain, and sometimes blood as well. Taking alcohol on an empty stomach has more of these above-mentioned symptoms than taking on a full stomach or fed stomach...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment for diabetic patients?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26-year-old male, and I am taking tablet Metformin 500 mg twice daily for my blood sugar, but still, it is 230 mg/dL in the morning (fasting) and 300 mg/dL in postprandial. Please help me with what I should do and guide me on how I can control my sugar. I am panicked about this, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. What is the HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin) value which shows your average sugar over the last two to three months? Diabetes has many complications, so it is not just to bring down the numbers but to monitor and treat complications associated with diabetes. Check your eye...  Read Full »

Why am I experiencing clear liquid discharge from my vagina?

Query: Hi doctor, I am nine days post ovulation and have been experiencing clear liquid discharge from my vagina since two days. I also have a headache, stomachache, and tiredness. I am a little overweight, so I have been starving myself. Is this clear liquid discharge normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Once ovulation occurs, the remaining follicle, called the corpus luteum, will keep producing hormone progesterone, for a possible pregnancy to get implanted in the uterus. There is nothing to worry as the watery discharge is because of this. Other symptoms include de...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have abdominal pain and feel tired if you eat late?

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to know some guidance regarding my medical issue which troubles me for six years. Normally, I use to take lunch around 2 pm. If it gets delayed, I start to have tiredness with abdominal pain. It continues for few days. I start to have locking pain while taking deep breathing w...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your anxiety and frustration related to your recurrent abdominal pain. The abdomen is a huge compartment comprising various tightly fitting organs including the stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, liver, and many other tissues. Abdominal pain can occur...  Read Full »

What should I do to reduce belly fat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a normal body and a huge potbelly. For the past year, I have been altering my diet and doing cardio and lifting weights. Nothing happened. My belly is the same. Knowing that spot reduction is a myth and fat will only go from the overall body, I tried reducing overall body fat. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to recognize the problem and have the insight too. The important thing is that your rectus and lower abdominal musculature's resting muscle tone is poor, allowing the contents to bulge out. It would help if you did core strengthening exercises, planks br...  Read Full »

What should I do to control my weight with hyperthyroidism?

Query: Hi, I am a hyperthyroidism patient. My weight was 65 kg when i was normal. And then my weight is suddenly decreased and it was 52 kg, and i knew that i have hyperthyroid, so treatment was start from last year and now my current weight is 73 kg, can you help me how can i control weight now? I am t...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Answer: Hi Thanks for your query First of all u need to control ur thyroid function so ur thyroid Harmon levels should be stable. When ur thyroid harmone levels increase u will lose weight. I don’t know why ur taking inderal? It’s given initially to control symptoms because carbimazole takes t...  Read Full »

What are the ill effects of prolonged fasting?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. Because before I was fasting for a long time (two or three years) like having breakfast and lunch afterward nothing else until the next day, because I was so depressed about my overweight condition and I did not have someone close to me to explain how to make a diet....  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, to answer your question, there are some lab tests which could give us an idea of the damage it has caused to your overall health but not necessarily to your stomach. Few more clinical parameters to detect the effects of prolonged fasting habits are weight and...  Read Full »

Why is my ketone value marked in red?

Query: Hi doctor, I am currently looking at my urinalysis results. There is something that I am trying to understand. My ketone is 40 mg/dL and marked with a red square flag. What does this mean? Should I be worried or concerned about this? When this test was performed they told me that everything was nor...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The ketones can be positive under certain conditions. The most important ones are starvation for long hours, hyperglycemia (extremely high blood sugar) and alcoholism (too much consumption). What I understand is that all the values are in normal range and only ketones ...  Read Full »

Can I take medicine for diabetes while on fasting?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45-year-old female. I have hypertension for four years, and I take Co-Diovan 80/12.5. In the past days, I performed blood sugar tests on Accu-check device and got the following results respectively in four days after eight to ten fasting hours: 283, 364, 420, 483. After the lock...  Read Full »


Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have diabetes mellitus and your weight is high as well. If you do not have symptoms you can go for fasting. You need to do HBA1c (glycated hemoglobin) which will show your average sugar over two to three months previously. Check your eyes for retinopathy. Kidney funct...  Read Full »

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