I know that I have it, even though I have not been diagnosed. I would have fainting spells in school and be taken to the doctor. They could not find out why even though I had a battery of tests. I would ask about my blood sugar and when they tested it by the time I would get to the hospital blood sugar would be back in normal range. So I was told it was all in my head. I even had one school nurse tell me I was faking so that I could get out of school.
One time I was at the doctor for something unrelated and I had an episode. They gave me a glucose tablet and I was fine in a couple minutes. Then they tested me for type 1 Diabetes.
I have found that what works for me is eating carbs. Everyone is different, so that may not work for them. I did try the low carb, no sugar route at the height of the Atkins craze. I could barely function. I could barely move.
Now I eat every couple hours, but I try to eat healthy carbs and protein. I do eat sugar and fruit. This is what works for me.
I had to take my health into my own hands. Doctors and nurses told me, it was in my head, I was faking or there was nothing wrong.
Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 3/9/2014 (23:29)
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thanks for the info.......I have hypoglycemia. If I eat sugar there are times it really lowers my blood sugar. So I try and stay away from it except for fruit. That I eat 1 a day. I do know if my blood sugar gets real low I walk around like a drunk person.......I hate that. I can eat and 45 minutes later my blood sugar has been 58. So I eat 5 meals a day to keep my blood sugar at an even level.
Thank you for a very interesting post. I've never heard of reactive hypoglycemia.
I'm curious: since carbs are basically complex sugars, do you reduce those also when you're eliminating sugar? And the liver will convert *excess* protein into glycogen... how does that figure into your dietary changes for RH?
It's good to have exposure to these things we've never heard before. Or it is for me! Thanks for the topic
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I wanted to share something about Reactive Hypoglycemia for anyone else searching for answers. I have found many answers and I have my life back.
Reactive Hypoglycemia can be debilitating and others may think it's all in our heads. I even had an endocrinologist tell me I needed to see a psychiatrist. So, I decided to forget that route, I'd do my own research. I have a Masters in Education, I've done plenty of research. It's not in my head and I want my life back.
If you are diagnosed Reactive Hypoglycemic, start to eat a no/low sugar diet. Includes taking out fruit (the only sugar I was allowing myself). You'll experience a great reduction in symptoms. Reactive Hypoglycemia is the opposite of diabetes, it still deals with the pancreas, but we suffer from dropping blood sugars constantly. Eat every 2 to 3 hours is key, but it has to be non-sugar choices. Go on a sugar-detox diet.
Read books by Stephanie Kenrose (Hypoglycemic Diet, ebook), Roberta Ruggiero (Do's and Don't's of Hypoglycemia) and many more. Make sure the book is discussing Reactive Hypoglycemia and not hypoglycemia (which is connected to diabetes). Many reactive hypoglycemics never become diabetic so treating "diabetic symptoms" makes reactive hypoglycemia worse, but we deal with a debilitating condition that the medical community does not always recognize as a condition. It's difficult to find a doctor who does. I haven't found one yet, but I know these symptoms are not all in my head.
If you've had a Glucose Tolerance Test and your blood sugars dip to 50 or below (25 and below is coma, 70+ is normal fasting) at the 3-hour mark, that is our #1 indicator for Reactive Hypoglycemia (your body reacted to the great amount of sugar it was given). If you do a fasting blood test....no sugar anomalies will be seen. That's why a doctor told me it was in my head, because he didn't make the connection to a fasting sugar test and a GTT...introduce sugar of any amount into my system, and my body reacts like it's allergic to it...but it's not widely acknowledged in the medical community. So, I'm going to suffer because a doctor doesn't connect the dots outside the medical scope of experiments and studies done? Not all of medical anomalies have been figured out - the science is constantly evolving.
If you do research, forego typical medical websites that ascribe it to diabetes (most do). Look for personal narratives from folks who have suffered from it and found a way to solve their health issues. When research and studies do not have enough data on a given subject, start looking for personal narratives. Someone out there always shares some part of our story and struggles. It's a matter of seeking out their stories and we can get clues to solve our own problems.
Go no sugar. Stat. Eat Ezekiel 4:9 bread. Eat white corn tortillas. No fruit, but every veggie under the sun. Research by the ladies I mentioned earlier. Get your life back. I did.
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