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Friday, January 25, 2008


My hip joints have been aching. Both of them. Sometimes the pain is so intense that I cannot sit or lay down but must walk around for a while. I take ibuprophen to try and ease it a little. I've NEVER had this before.

So... I did a little research and the following excerpts are what I found. I have marked the symptoms that I have or have experienced.


(excerpts from above link)

What is malnutrition? Malnutrition (mal-noo-TRISH-un) occurs when you do not get enough calories or nutrients to keep you healthy. Nutrients are protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Malnutrition may make your body weak. It may cause health problems such as trouble fighting infections and healing.

What are the signs and symptoms of malnutrition? Malnutrition usually develops in stages over a long period of time. Signs and symptoms may not appear until the later stages of malnutrition.
Some early signs and symptoms of malnutrition may include:
Irritable (bad mood) and tired.
Slower growth than normal, or no growth (in children).
Weight loss.
Later signs and symptoms of malnutrition may include:
Bone or joint pain, and weak muscles.
Bloated abdomen and swelling in other parts of the body.
Changes in the skin and hair.
Brittle and spooned nails.
Dry, scaly skin.
Hair loss.
Skin and hair change color.
Loss of appetite
(not hungry).
Slow wound healing and easily get infections.
Sunken temples (sides of the head).

AND THIS ONE: http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/malnutrition-2.html

Signs and Symptoms: General malnutrition often develops slowly, over months or years. As the body’s store of nutrients is depleted, changes begin to happen at the cellular level, affecting biochemical processes and decreasing the body’s ability to fight infections. Over time, a variety of symptoms may begin to emerge, including:
Weight loss, decreased muscle mass, and weakness
Dry scaly skin
Edema (swelling, due to lack of protein)
Hair that has lost its pigment
Brittle and malformed
(spooned) nails
Chronic diarrhea
Slow wound healing
Bone and joint pain
Growth retardation (in children)
Mental changes such as confusion and irritability
Goiter (enlarged thyroid)
Specific nutrient deficiencies may cause characteristic symptoms. For instance, vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to tingling, numbness, and burning in the hands and feet (due to nerve damage), a lack of vitamin A may cause night blindness and increased sensitivity to light, and a lack of vitamin D can cause bone pain and malformation. The severity of symptoms depends on the intensity and duration of the deficiency. Some changes, such as to bone and nerves, may be irreversible.


THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS. THIS IS WHAT MANY OF US ALLOWED HEIDI DIAZ TO SHOW US HOW TO DO.... because after all "she lost 200 pounds and kept it off for 5 years with NO problems".

..... it's getting close, Heidi. You still think that you have done NOTHING wrong? hmmm...


susanthegreat said...


I had no idea that the joint pain could be malnutrition. I was only on the diet for 3 months. My knee pain has improved since starting ZC. I'm trying to figure out why. Thanks for the info.


OhYeahBabe said...

It's scary how the symptoms don't appear until you've been malnourished for a long time. It makes it hard to connect the two in your mind, especially if you feel the need to justify to yourself or others how you have been eating.

Heidi Diaz should be forced to follow her own diet while she is in prison.

I hope that you are on the road to wellness, Becky, and that none of your symptoms are permanent.
OhYeahBabe/Kimorexia Blog

BamaGal said...

I thank you for posting this. Too many people do not realize the long range physical effects malnutrition can cause.

As for Kimkins, the physical side effects are a nightmare to say the least. Yet the psychological effects for most will last a life time.

I hope you are doing better soon. Have you spoke with your doc about possibly getting a bone scan done? A very low calorie diet leads to osteoporosis too. That can be a cause of joint and bone pain. Just a thought...

2BIG said...

wow Thank you for blogging about yet another long term consequence of ransoming our long term health for immediate scale number gradafication using a nutrtionally bankrupt plan called kimkins.

MeeMee said...

wow. We had no idea. Wishing you complete recovery and better days ahead.

Hugs from your friends behind the scenes.

Barbara B said...

Regandy, I'm so sorry for your issues from the KK diet. It is good that you are warning others, though. Apparently, only a few months on the diet can cause very bad problems. And, because this usually happens AFTER the weight has been lost, the connections is not made. Thanks for showing the connection.

pediatric emr said...

Very informative post about Malnutrition. I've learned a lot. Thanks for sharing.