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RUSSELL_40
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4/1/11 3:07 P

I used to have low blood sugars when I had high blood sugars.. now that I am no longer on meds, and have lost weight.. I space my carbs out into 4 meals, descending down to my last meal.

Usually I would eat poorly( usually Pepsi involved), and have a blood sugar over 600, then I would stop eating, and crash to 60, get blurry vision , and headaches.Eventually I used protein( chicken ) to drop my blood sugars when they got high, and this lowered them slower.

You need to find what works for you.Your body is different than any other.Expirement a little( check with doctor for any major changes), and you will know more about you body, and be more in control, which is the ultimate goal , isn't it?

the usual advice is to eat some fruit to raise a low blood sugar, but in my experience something with carbs , and protein( ex. cheese) raised them from dangerous levels without skyrocketing them.. if you do use fruit, measure the amt. , and note the rise in blood sugar.. so you can adjust the dose.

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ANARIE
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4/1/11 10:45 A

4MyGirls,

Do talk to your doctor about this. Discuss whether it's worth you getting a glucose monitor so you know exactly what levels you're dealing with, and also talk about whether it would be appropriate for you to go to a diabetes education program. Most counties have some sort of free or very low-cost program, and your doctor should know about it.

My personal experience is that my symptoms went away when I lost weight. Now, I never had a formal diagnosis of hypoglycemia, but there's a tendency toward severe hypoglycemia and diabetes on both sides of my family (3 out of 4 grandparents), and there's not much doubt that I was "pre-diabetic" when I was obese. I suspect that the type of carbs you eat is more important than the total amount, and that body weight is the main factor. I lost weight and got rid of my warning signs while eating 65% of my calories from (minimally processed) carbs. I DO NOT recommend that for anyone else; I just mention it to show that not everyone has to go low-carb. What YOU should do is whatever YOUR doctor thinks is best.

If you can't see a doctor for whatever reason, then start with common sense. You know that sugary foods and things made out of highly-processed (white) flour probably aren't healthy, so eat less of them. You know that vegetables are healthy, so eat more of them. You've seen that people disagree about whether things like whole wheat bread and whole-grain cereals are good for you, but no knowledgeable person on either side of the debate would ever say you shouldn't eat spinach and broccoli and green beans, etc, so add more of those things. If you're getting 7 servings of veggies every day, you're probably not going to have room for much junk food, so everything gets easier if that's where you start.



JUSTBIRDY
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4/1/11 9:50 A

Thanks Bearclaw! I came away with a different opinion of the ADA after reading Gary Taubes. He says that the ADA originally recommended more carbs because they noticed that people on lower carb diets had greater increases in blood sugar after eating carbs. But what they now know is that it is not good enough to measure an overall serum level, that different types of cells can have different levels of abnormal insulin resistance, and that recommending lots of carbs isn't for everyone. These different levels of insulin resistance might also determine if a person gets fat, gets a fatty liver, or just develops full-blown diabetes.
I would contact a doctor on this one for sure, and also see about false hypoglycemia expecially if people are having symptoms but the numbers don't match.



BEARCLAW6
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4/1/11 6:03 A

You really need to keep in contact with your doctor or even a nutritionist who knows about hypoglycemia on this one. On a site like this, you are going to get some people telling you that should still get half or more of your calories from carbs, others telling you that you can cut down much more. Do the research yourself, talk to your doctor (mostly to find out if he/she knows the current research on this) and become very proactive about your body.

And, thanks Sparkbirdy on those articles. Yes, I do feel that even the ADA will eventually come around on how to treat chronic glucose toxicity!

One thing I will say about me....I do not experience hypoglycemia despite the fact that I only get 5-15% of my calories from carbs. When I ate much higher amounts of carbs, I would sometimes get those slightly dizzy shaky feelings if I skipped breakfast and it wasn't yet lunchtime. I don't get any of that now. The carbs I eat are usually in the form of veggies, cheese, eggs and nuts. I use fruit sparingly.



SMELLY2KI
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4/1/11 4:17 A

Hi 4mygirls20,
If you are not a diabetic then you don't have to be overly worried about your blood sugar levels. A non diabetic can normally funtion on a pre meal blood sugar of around 3. However if you have a family history of diabetes and risk factors (i.e like me over-weight) then it is advisable to 'watch' your blood sugar levels. Try to keep them above 4 if possible. Fruit is a good way of doing this as it has natural sugar which isn't (I believe) as bad for you as processed sugars. Also some carbs aren't as bad for you (i think) i.e brown rice.
I hope this helps
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4MYGIRLS20
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3/31/11 11:43 P

Hello,
I am new to the Spark and suffer from hypoglycemia, however, I am not diabetic but am quite aware w/ me as out of shape as I am that I may become diabetic maybe sooner than later. I am nutritionally challenged when it comes to balancing my hypoglycemia w/ attempting to lose weight. Any suggestions on what is good to eat that can keep me full? I find that I get soooo hungry and my blood sugar drops so often that I always end up defeated in trying to eat under my desired caloric intake. It is so frustrating!
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JUSTBIRDY
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3/4/11 8:55 P

Here's a link with an article written by Dr. Berkowitz. Very interesting.
livinlavidalocarb.blogspot.com/2007/04/is-
hypoglycemia-hidden-low-carb-side.html

And, thank goodness that the American Diabetes Association is looking at the evidence. In recent years they have changed their stance on the exclusive use of a higher-carb diet for all conditions.
Here's another interesting article:
forecast.diabetes.org/magazine/features/ar
e-carbs-enemy




DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,431
2/26/11 8:54 P

Actually for diabetes one should be following the guidelines from their Certified Diabetes Educator and the American Diabetes Association. Usually the recommendation is about 45-55% of one's calories come from carbohydrate. This is standard, evidence based practice.
Dietitian Becky



NUTMEG1125
Posts: 2,002
2/26/11 7:56 P

For a lot of people hypoglycemia is a precursor to becoming a type two diabetic because of the over production of insulin. Too much insulin leads to insulin resistance.

A lower carb diet is really good for both hypoglycemic people and diabetics.

I have been eating a lower carb diet for over a year now and my blood sugar levels are great. I used to get frequent hypoglycemia too.



REBECANOLA
Posts: 3,275
2/26/11 4:46 P

I used to have frequent low blood sugar episodes until I cut down on my carb consumption, but your reaction might be different than mine. As the previous poster said, you don't have to cut down the carbs to a very low level, but balance them out by eating fewer servings of grains and focus on eating lean proteins, low fat dairy, veggies and some fruit. I'd also suggest monitoring your diet to find out what foods might be causing more of a dip. Some of my (non-obvious) sources of bad reactions are oatmeal and wheat pasta.



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,431
2/26/11 3:57 P

As the previous poster stated, an extremely low carb diet would not be the best.

The lower end of your SP carb range is about 45% of your calories coming from carbs...this would be a great place to start. Make sure you are selecting healthy types of carbs, spreading them into 3 meals and 1-2 snacks daily...along with including healthy protein and healthy fat sources with your meals and snacks.

Dietitian Becky



SUEK24
Posts: 1,139
2/26/11 1:55 P

A lower carbohydrate diet (meaning moderate carbohydrate, NOT extremely low) that includes a balance of lean protein and some heart healthy fat will provide more stable blood sugar levels with the absence of spikes and drops (the drops prompt the hypoglycemic symptoms to occur). The Zone diet eliminated the severe hypoglycemic symptoms I had suffered for on a daily basis. As long as I eat "in the Zone" I don't have hypoglycemic symptoms. I've been following the Zone diet for 16 years. It's changed my life for the better. :)



BINGENOMORE83
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2/26/11 1:44 P

Hi I have hypoglycemia and was wondering if a low carb diet would be ok. or is it only going to make it worse?



 
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