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Posts: 55 12/21/13 12:44 P
Hi everyone. I've been on SP for 5 or so years, but I've just found out that I'm hypoglycemic. Explains a lot actually - migraines, fatigue, and moodiness, plus a weird thing where I lose track of where I am and what I'm doing. Also explains why every time I've decided to go on a 'diet', increase my exercise and lose weight quickly, I get really sick. I have two siblings that also have this problem, but I think it never occurred to anyone that I might have the same issue since they're both quite thin and I never have been. If I felt like I needed to eat or I would die, it was always just because I was a little piggy. Question for the team - does anyone else drink way beyond the normal amount of water? I am so thirsty all the time and I average 3-4 liters of water a day. Not sure if it's a hypoglycemic thing or a me thing… or a heater thing since I'm a lot thirstier during the winter.
March SparkPoints: 504
Posts: 5 2/14/13 11:59 A
Hi, I found out I am hypoglycemic a few months ago, but I have been having mild symptoms all my life (sweating and fatigue mostly). I just thought that was the way I was. Yay for feeling normal! Things got really bad in my second pregnancy. I was left undiagnosed and frustrated by a doc who didn't seem to believe me. I knew it was something food related bc things got better when I ate. I think I even passed out one day (luckily I had just eaten). Terrible headaches, brain "shakiness", difficulty thinking and making decisions, incredible hunger, crankiness, sweating, and fatigue were what I would experience. I was also a vegetarian at that time and I had been for 1-2 years before that and about 1 year after giving birth- until I was finally diagnosed. The dietician I saw recommended lots of protein, so I have started eating meats again. Here is what my dietician recommended for me (I am not pregnant)= 15 grams of carbs equals one serving. 3 servings of carb at each meal. 1 serving of carb for each snack(3 snacks a day). Always eat a carb with some sort of protein. At meal times your plate should look something like this= half of your plate is veggies, 1/4 meat, 1/4 carb and have that with milk and fruit if needed, to equal 45g carbs
MIETHIG- When I was pregnant, the second trimeter was very difficult for me. I had to eat every 2 hours or I would get terrible symptoms. If you are having trouble, I would recommend eating this way and maybe even eat snacks every hour if you need to. Stick with whole grains!!! (Real whole grains take about 40 minutes to cook. If that is hard on yur schedule you could cook a large batch on a day off and then eat off it for the reast of the week.) When I think I passed out, I was visiting my in-laws, and they don't care about that sort of thing. (I had always based my vegetarianism around whole grains.) The more whole the grain the better. If you can eat bread, choose 100% stoneground whole wheat or something similar. The chunks are harder to digest than finely ground flours. I would only stick with whole grains if you are having a hard time. When you feel better, then try to incorporate bread and pastas. I have seen meal plans online that based the majority of foods around meats, vegetables, and fruits. I would try to incorporate whole grains into that. Unfortunately, I think I sort of grew out of that hypoglycemia phase. It was prevelent in my second trimester and almost nonexistent in my 3rd as long as I ate my snacks. I have read online that some people take a long time to adjust after changing their eating habits. That may have been the case too. I hope this information helps you out. I know I could have used some help back then.
Ps- Beans were always good to me, just keep in mind that they will be considered a carb and a protein choice.
Also, just to reiterate, I was given this meal plan when I was not pregnant, therefore, the amounts of carbs and proteins might be a little higher to grow a baby. Talk to your doctor/dietician.
current weight: 156.0
Fitness Minutes: (15,851) Posts: 672 10/25/12 7:43 P
Hi I'm Trinaa4 I trying to lose weight and get my health back.
I got want to do it and do this for me. My mind is in battle and my body is at war. I'm in battle with myself and if I can over come myself than I can over come it all and do it one day at a time, let it go and get one step closer to my goal.
current weight: 256.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,454) Posts: 1 9/22/12 8:33 P
Hello everybody. My name is Letitia and I'm fairly new to hypoglycemia, and I'm still learning. I'm really looking to lose about 50 pounds. I know it will be a slow process with hypoglycemia and that's a bit difficult for me since I like instant gratification! :p I try to keep a count of calories but my main focus is making sure I'm eating what's better for me and the condition, especially since I can't cut too many calories or I'll get dizzy, headache, etc. Just hoping to find some tips on here for food and workouts. Glad to meet you all!
Posts: 63 6/28/12 11:44 P
Hi everyone I am new to hypoglemia and am trying to learn what to eat and not to eat. I am 4 mounts pregnant and my sugars drop tp 2.4 or lowers a few times a day (43 or lower) I had a Gastric Bypass a few years ago and have been told that I have developed it because of it. I am hoping to get to know some of you and get some help and help some you
Pounds lost: 184.0
Posts: 1,358 6/6/12 1:54 P
Hi Katboxjanitor, Hypoglycemia unaware is one of my biggest fears. I'd love to get some tips too. ~Kelly
Hello, I am Kelly don't let my user name fool you- (the user name I wanted was already being used). I actually joined in 2009. I think I checked in once and stopped, at the time I was going to the gym and so I thought I didn't really need the spark team. Then I stopped going to the gym, then there was buying the house, and remodeling it (which I'm still doing). But one day I was hiking on my brothers property and I had a hypoglycemic reaction and almost lost conscience. Luckily I realized something was wrong and told my companions, one of whom went for help. I was a little scared and surprised. My Father had type 1 diabetes, so I would get tested and checked every once in awhile. I also saw my Dad have diabetic comas and horrible reactions due to having too much insulin causing low blood sugar. Eventually he passed away (at age 41). So I realize I really need to make some changes and I really need help. I am glad to have found this group and hope to learn a great deal from all of you.
Fitness Minutes: (2,674) Posts: 264 5/24/12 1:41 P
Hello. I'm new to this group, but was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia in my early to mid 30's (1990-1996). After reading the article "Understanding Hypoglycemia," I decided I should look for support!
Recently, I started getting headaches while exercising and can keep a headache for hours (or even a full day). I did NOT know that headaches can be caused by low blood sugar!!
The one time I received a "Diet" for my hypoglycemia, you were only supposed to eat HALF of a banana at a time. Eating every three hours was highly recommended. I also remember that servings of lean meat were suppose to outnumber servings of "starch" (7 to 5 in my case). Protein was supposed to be present at EVERY meal and all three snacks. I wish I still had that Food Plan!
It's not how many times you fall that matters; it's how many times you get up. - Anonymous
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current weight: 225.2
Fitness Minutes: (1,175) Posts: 32 1/26/12 6:34 A
I'm new here but not new to hypoglycemia unfortunately. I was diagnosed with a severe case of reactive hypoglycemia when I was a pre-teen. It's actually a symptom of another problem that runs in my family so several other people have hypoglycemia. This works out to my advantage because we form our own little mini-support group. With that said, I think I gave up on taking care of what I ate in order to keep it stable and just stared eating everytime I felt funny; the end result of that is now i'm in the war to loose weight like so many others. I've learned my lesson and i'm getting back on track now with the help of sparkpeople and my family!
Edited by: SHY_GRRL at: 1/26/2012 (06:35)
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Posts: 443 8/3/11 9:55 A
Hi, I am new to this team. I was told I had hypoglycemia back in my 20's and never addressed it fully. I was dealing with a diagnosis of Interstitial cystitis. So I felt that was the least of my worries. However, now that I am 35 and my poor body has been through the run of mill and my hypoglycemia symptoms started creaping back or maybe they never left. I need to address it even more because I had allergy testing done and I have candida. Also, I don't want to end up with type 2 of diabetes like my Mom. I never understood how this could be bad for your health until I started reading more up on it and I how it fits with my IC, and Candida. Then I read how it can tax your adreneals and that is something that the women in my family all dealt with in late 40/50's. So here I am trying to kick my pop habit and become healthy.
Posts: 554 7/6/11 8:38 A
Welcome to the team, Katbox! I hope that we are able to be a good support to you as you try to manage your condition. Feel free to start a thread or to join our team goals. Great to have you here!
Fitness Minutes: (11,584) Posts: 447 7/5/11 11:52 P
I am new to this group, having had no success in the PCOS related groups (no activity in nearly 6 months).
A bit about me... I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia waaaaay back in the mid-80's (early 20's) and lately the management of it is a pain-in-the-arse.
Normally I have been able to sense the onset of a 'drop', but i have had at least 3 instances of 'hypoglycemia unaware' which was quite frightening since the only warning was a complete loss of consciousness.
All my standard methods of management are unreliable now...so I am hoping to get some tips...
Posts: 554 2/21/11 6:01 P
Welcome, Jemagoon! I hope that this team can be a good place where we can encourage each other. Feel free to post about your struggles and questions and to explore old posts for inspiration and ideas.
Posts: 156 2/19/11 6:59 P
Hi ladies. I am new to this group. I have been battling my hypoglycemia for years. For several years, I didn't know that my symptoms were a result of hypoglycemia. I didn't learn of this until I was pregnant with my second child. My glucose test revealed a sugar level of 50. The past year has been especially tough. My symptoms have been getting worse. I get nauseous, I start sweating, I start seeing double, I feel very light headed, I am extremely weak, and my finger tips go numb. These episodes and frequencies are getting worse. It scares me because I am worried I am going to pass out one day. I have even heard of people having seizures. The fact that this is getting worse so quickly really scares me. I try to keep food on me at all times and eat protein but sometimes time gets away from me and I go too long without eating. My doc just tells me to eat and I'll be fine. I am so glad that there is a group like this. I hope to learn more about this condition and how I can handle it. I also want to make better food choices because I feel like I am eating so much throughout the day just to keep from getting sick. Thanks ladies.
current weight: 135.4
Posts: 554 1/18/11 3:06 P
Welcome to the team, Dana! I hope that you find good help and encouragement here. Feel free to start a thread in general discussion with any specific questions that you have.
Fitness Minutes: (1,670) Posts: 18 1/18/11 1:56 A
Hello! My name is Dana. I have self-diagnosed myself to have hypoglycemia and an allergy/intolerance to fructose. I decided to wander back on over to my SparkPeople account that's been dormant for 11 months. However, I'm not all that certain what type of meal plan to go with. Diabetes?? Help!! Please!
Dana Marie B.
"Look forward and hold your head high; don't take the time to look behind!" -me
current weight: 254.0
Posts: 214 4/14/10 7:32 P
Welcome to the hypoglycemia team. We are all so glad you joined. There is power in numbers. Please introduce yourself. Look around and share any websites, meals, snacks, exercise tips and anything else that may help us keep our levels steady.
Glad to have you and welcome again.
Edited by: LEAHANNE1989 at: 4/14/2010 (19:35)
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