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WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/8/13 5:46 P

I wish I could just "like" your last post. Glad it's working for you!

NANAURBANROSE SparkPoints: (2,792)
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7/8/13 5:33 P

I have been hypoglycemic since I was a teen. I'm 65 now and still my blood sugar drops into the low 80s every time I eat and it takes 4 hrs for it to get back into the 90s. I have no symptoms until it drops into the 70s and below. I feel bad if it gets up to 130 or so and get nauseated if it does,

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,660
11/12/12 7:53 P

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SAMANDRUSS SparkPoints: (854)
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11/12/12 6:47 P

OH MY GOODNESS. Can I just say, today has been AWESOME! I am in total shock at how my blood sugar levels have been! Just perfect! No ups and downs! No crashes! And I have been beyond full of energy! Almost like I'm on a ton of caffiene (which I can't have)! And after being on my feel all day at work, I came home, grabbed my kids, and we went for a 20 minute walk! Actually they rode their bikes and I walked quickly behind...lol. I am praying that this WOE continues to deliver such astounding results. I will be very happy if I lose weight, but having my hypoglycemia under control is just so important to me. Now, with the sugar levels evening out, and my energy levels increasing, I'll have a desire to exercise more which is so important for me with my condition.
Okay, I just had to share! Gotta go make my dinner now!! emoticon

SAMANDRUSS SparkPoints: (854)
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11/12/12 3:20 P

I think that's pretty much what I'm doing. My carbs are coming from plain greek yogurt, berries, avacado, and veggies. So far I have felt great today which is a HUGE difference from how I usually feel everyday.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,660
11/12/12 2:32 P

Having hypoglycemia can be a condition on its own. Someone with diabetes can have a low blood sugar and said to be in a hypoglycemic state. However, the 2 can be completely different situations.

Realize that obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight can help greatly with blood sugar control and so can exercise.

Going on a low carb diet is not the "solution" to managing hypoglycemia through diet. When the body starts to sense a too low blood sugar, it can "on its own" release sugar into the bloodstream (this is a protection factor). However, the body can not closely regulate the amount of sugar released. It often releases too much---therefore bring a higher reading in blood sugar.

The key (besides weight and exercise) is to monitor the type and amount of carbohydrates consumed and spread them into appropriate meals and snacks...along with protein and fat which can also help to level out one's blood sugar.

SP Dietitian Becky

SAMANDRUSS SparkPoints: (854)
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11/12/12 2:02 P

That is EXACTLY what the specialist told me!! But people tell me so often that it means I'm going to become diabetic and I just get tired of arguing. I don't actually eat a ton of carbs anyway, we aren't big junk food eaters but I do eat too much in general and when I include carbs along with fat in that situation, along with my thyroid, I get my current results. But I feel so positive about this woe and I think it will really help me!!

TACDGB Posts: 6,132
11/12/12 1:49 P

I hate to tell you but hypoglycemia is not a precuror to being a diabetic. There are what dr's call unexplained hypoglycemia's as they don't know where their hypoglycemia comes from. I do know that hypoglycemia does not always come from too many carbs. I can eat low carbs and have a low blood sugar crash. I eat 1 fruit and day and eat no sugar foods like pancake syrup and use splenda and I can still have problems.

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11/12/12 1:25 P

Hello Russell!
Thank you for your response. You know a lot about this. It makes sense! And the avacado thing isn't a problem for me - I love them!!

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11/12/12 1:10 P

Becky, thank you for the post. I really trust my dr when it comes to my thyroid condition so I wouldn't want to do anything to mess with my thyroid or thyroid meds without his say so. I am so happy to see a professional on here. Wow, I am loving sparkpeople!

SAMANDRUSS SparkPoints: (854)
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11/12/12 1:06 P

Well good thing I never said "I need sugar"! In fact, I totally understand the workings of my hypoglycemia so I actually try to avoid sugars. Now I'm working on my diet as a whole. I am hoping that my lc woe will do the trick, and so far today it has! My sugar levels have been great and I feel awesome, so I must be doing something right! Thanks for the post!

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,660
11/12/12 1:00 P

While the Wheat Belly book contains some accurate nutrition information; much of the information contained in the book is not based on scientific research. There are many "health claims" made that are not supported by evidence. Avoiding wheat products or gluten is not a cure for hypothyroidism. Wheat products do not cause damage to the thyroid. This is inaccurate information and possibly dangerous. This type information could prevent a person from seeking the medical threatment needed.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

HCARLILE73C Posts: 107
11/12/12 11:13 A

Well Samandruss being hypoglycemic is a precursor to diabetes. I means you are eating to many carbs and your pancreas is over producing insulin and dropping your blood sugar, this buts a lot of stress on yourislets of Langerhans, the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. If this continues your pancreas will stop producing insulin and you will be a type 1 diabetic (needing shots) so sorry to inform you, you do need diabetic advice; kinda, because i think a lot of diabetic diet advice is to high in carbs. I have been an RN for 17y and it still chaps my khakis when i hear a hypoglycemic person say "I need sugar" because i know they have not had proper diet and disease process instruction and it makes my fellow nurses look like they are not doing proper teaching.

Well good luck with all.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/12/12 10:08 A

Avocados are actually more fat than carbs. Good fats. I can have avocados every day even on very low carb. i just don't like the taste.

You will be able to have more carbs like potatoes etc, because you actually have low blood sugars. You just don't want to spike them too much, and cause your body to release way too much insulin, thereby causing your blood sugar to crash.

You might actually benefit from a book on glycemic index. The foods are listed by how much they spike the blood sugars. With diabetes, if I eat a high glycemic food, my body releases insulin, but my body doesn't use it correctly, so my blood sugars stay high.

With hypoglycemia, you are either producing way too much, or it is using it too well. So you still want to keep your blood sugars in the middle. I would ask your doctor whether the idea of eating mostly moderate glycemic foods would keep it more stable. Spacing them out evenly throughout the day helps too.

Good Luck. Hope you and your doctor come up with a plan that works.

SAMANDRUSS SparkPoints: (854)
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11/11/12 1:11 P

Hello!
Thank you for your response. I really like the feedback on here! You all are great! I really need to be more consistant with this website. The support is awesome.
I have actually met with a dietitian, a nutritionist at the hospital, and obviously have seen an endocrinologist. All I ever get is "eat a balance of carbs with protien, stay away from sugar and alcohol, stay in your calorie range, exercise, and check your blood sugar often." I have done that. Don't get me wrong, I have lost weight doing those things. But I also have suffered many bouts of low blood sugar, and just generally feeling like crap. I have also done the Peertrainer Cheat System diet which I think is so very healthy!! I would reccomend it to anyone. But for me, it kept me so hungry. I mean, starving. I felt like I was having to eat ALL THE TIME which just made me sick.
About 11 years ago, way before I began having hypoglycemia, I did Atkins and I went from about 140 lbs to 112 lbs. And I loved it. I went off when I became pregnant with our 2nd (out of 3) kids. So I want to try this again because, in my life, and with all of the research I have done, I feel this is the best option for me now. Of course, like I said, I have to include some higher carb count foods this time, like sweet potatoes, avacadoes, etc. so I don't go into ketosis. My goals are 1. control my blood sugar, and 2. lose weight, in that order of importance. I'm out of ideas.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/11/12 12:59 P

I am a diabetic, and just wanted to share something with you. My paperwork to record my sugars had a column for pre-meal, and 2 hours after, and then one that said " Low blood sugar reactions ". I laughed as I took it back to my doctor, and told him he gave me the wrong paperwork. He explained that diabetes, and hypoglycemia are linked, and with overmedication, or dietary control, I might suffer a low blood sugar, even as a diabetic, who was averaging 300 blood sugars at the time.

3 years later, when I got them under control, I was working, when my eyesight got blurry. It went away on its own for some reason, and I got a blinding headache. My doctor explained that it was a low blood sugar reaction. I eat low carb, and it got too low. I now make sure to get SOME carbs with every meal, even snacks.

I could just say I am diabetic, so I won't worry about hypoglycemic issues, but whether you pay attention or not, they don't care.You still suffer from them. A balanced diet with all macronutrients , divided up into 4-6 meals, will work for both. Since your body isn't working correctly to control your blood sugars, you most likely can elevate them also. You may be coming at it from the other direction, but we all meet in the middle. A dietitian will just help you determine what the ranges you need to stick to as a hypoglycemic, which would vary from a diabetic, but we share many of the same issues, otherwise. That would probably be a better place to seek advice on the diet than here.

Good Luck, hope you find out what works to keep you between 80-120 regularly, and feel better!

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,660
11/11/12 11:20 A

I know you don't want info for "diabetes"; but with hypoglycemia---it is still about carbohydrate control. The right amount of carbohydrates, the right types of carbohydrates, the right distribution of carbohydrates----and this is then closely tied to your protein and fat intake and distribution as well. I also see that in your sparkpage, that you also have hypothyroidism---which is also closely tied to these nutrients especially when trying to lose weight.

I also want to mention that you will probably discover certain foods that are your "trouble foods" and even if the carb amount is not extremely high---it still does crazy things to your blood sugar.

Bottom Line: Use your SP calorie range and stay in the range daily. Notice your SP carb range---definately stay on the lower side of the range; thus pushing you to the middle to upper end of your protein and fat ranges. Select carbs that also give nutrient power: yogurt, lowfat milk, fruits, corn, lima beans, beans, lentils, etc. See how you with grain type carbs.

And also---you may want to meet with a dietitian or diabetes educator---since this is still and endocrine issue and you are looking for "diet control" of the issue.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

PARISAPRIL1 SparkPoints: (8,951)
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11/11/12 9:22 A

I also experience hypoglycemia and am not diabetic. I have found that by avoiding grains and sugars I am able to not have any symptoms.

I eat veggies, berries and dairy for my carbohydrates and it works really well for me. I eat under 100g of net carbs a day. Avocados, sweet potatoes, and carrots are my go to foods. I eat at least 50% of my calories from fat every day.

I am still trying to figure out what my ideal ratio is.

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11/10/12 8:10 P

Thank you for your reply! That sounds about like what I am going to do. But for a while I will probably cut out the grains, just until I get everything under control. Then I will bring in some higher fiber, whole grains in small amounts. It helps when I can talk to others who it has worked for!

TACDGB Posts: 6,132
11/10/12 8:04 P

I think I can help you. I am the same as you. I eat a low carb high protein diet. I get my carbs from fruits and veggies. I do some whole grains 1 or 2 a day. I try and eat( protein) 1 gram per pound of my body weight. By doing this my blood sugar seems to be stable. When I do eat fruit I usually eat 1 a day. I also don't do much natural sugar. When I do eat more fruit than that or more natural sugar my blood sugar takes a crash. good luck in this. Email me if you need more info than that.

SAMANDRUSS SparkPoints: (854)
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11/10/12 4:55 P

Hello!
Without going into great detail as I tend to do sometimes (lol), I'll sum this up. I'm hoping someone out there has had a similar experience. I am non-diabetic hypoglycemic. Yes, diagnosed through a specialist, yes I have to check my sugar regularly. Eating low calorie, trying to exercise while watching my calories, just isn't working. My sugar gets too low. Then I feel miserable. Honestly, the only way I seem to feel the best as far as my sugar is concerned is when I just eat whatever without counting calories. Not that I sit around and eat junk because I don't. Anyway, long story short, I am going to start eating low-carb. I have been doing a ton of research and it seems like it may really work for me. I am able to eat larger quantities of food to stay full longer which I need. I can't however, eat extremely low carb, like Atkin's Induction. I will have to include sweet potatoes, plain yogurt, and more avacados. But I am hoping that this WOE will help me both lose weight and gain better control of my low sugar. Anyway, if anyone who has actual experience with this type of situation, please let me know. Please no "diabetic" advice because I am the opposite of having high blood sugar and do not suffer from occasional low blood sugar levels due to diabetes. I am non-diabetic hypoglycemic. Thanks everyone!! emoticon

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