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JESUJOI
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4/15/12 5:39 P

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Thank you Dori. Yea, I took my FBG the other day and it was 59. I was just starting to feel the emptiness.. not yet shaky. For the most part I seem normal.. just the numbers and what I know is supposed to be the normal range had me wondering. :)


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4/15/12 12:41 P

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For what it's worth, my doc's recommended fasting blood glucose level (first thing in the morning) should be in the range of 80-120. If you are feeling shaky, yours is obviously too low. I had diabetes, well controlled with diet and meds, until I went Paleo. I lost weight (which by the way affects your blood sugar levels & your blood sugar levels affect your weight) and my FBG dropped into the low 70's. I stopped the meds and my FBG is in the 80 - 95 range most days and my A1c is 5.8. NORMAL ;-D !!! So the Doc and I are VERY happy!!!!

I suggest you talk to your doc. You may have to up your protein/fat snacks to maintain a steady healthy glucose level throughout the day. Too low can be very serious/fatal. Don't fool around with it; get a medical opinion.

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4/11/12 7:43 P

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Anytime! :)

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4/11/12 7:40 P

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Thank you for the thought and input to the matter. :) I am glad to know what the general response of the pody to paleo is regarding blood sugar.


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4/11/12 2:09 P

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Yep - everyone has their own personal level of what's 'normal' and what helps them feel optimal. And keep in mind, eating this way, you're eating foods that don't have a huge impact on your blood sugar overall - there shouldn't be major spikes and dips, more gradual increases and decreases. Your 'low' number shouldn't be overly concerning unless it's causing major problems and can't be corrected., or if it's a symptom of a bigger problem (and my guess is that's why you're monitoring it.)

My take on your responses: Shakey IS a hypoglycemic response.

Sometimes I get shakey/weak, but my mood and energy is fine. And keep in mind, your stress level, quality of sleep, adrenal function and thyroid function will all impact how your body utillizes the nutrients in your body... Again, for _me_, when I'm under heavy stress, the body will put out adrenaline, which causes a major dip in my blood sugar, causing some hypoglycemia, regardless if I just had a huge, protein heavy meal. (hence why people eat when they're stressed - its physiologic, not just emotional)

But, when stress levels are managed, eating is on track, sleep is good, etc... I don't have those issues.

Personally I'd play with adding in a little more protein & fat to see if you can keep that response from happening.

Managing your adrenal health (aka stress response) and your nutrition will go a long way to helping correct your other health issues.

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4/11/12 1:54 P

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1). I do not get hunger signals.. I get shaky. Having said that I do not get alarmingly so.

2). My carb count hovers around 100

3). I do not have a history at all, personally. I have a family history of blood sugar issues.

4). I have been doing this since January 29, 2011

I am not worried, per se. I am just now investigating this area. I have been monitoring my health in a few different ways that I'd prefer to not post about.. and one such way is blood sugar. When I looked up the numbers last night, I noticed they are below normal. Another example is that today 2.5 hours after a meal.. (supposed to measure 2 hours after) I was at a 59. I was moderately hungry.. mood stable. I was fine really. I am just trying to be familiar with my reactions to what I can measure "scientifically". lol So my general question is I was wondering if lower blood sugar numbers are normal with this lifestyle. I am getting the idea that the jury is apparently not out on this topic because there is a wide variance from one person to another.


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4/11/12 1:16 P

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This begs a few questions:

1) Most importantly: do you /feel/ like you have low blood sugar? Is your energy ok, or are you feeling lethargic, foggy brained, 'hungry'?

2) are you eating very low carb? (like less than 50 gm of carbs?)

3) Do you have a history of low/high blood sugar?

4) how long have you been eating paleo and/or low carb?

Basically, eating the way your body needs - adequate protein & fat, moderate/low intake of starchy veggies & fruit, and lots of leafy/fiberous veggies, your blood sugar should be stable and at a range _for you_ that keeps you from getting lots of dips and spikes.

For me, my fasting glucose level has actually risen a bit - it used to be around 50-60 (and would rip your head off if you got between me and my breakfast), now it's in the mid-70's and I'm able to hang out, do whatever, then eat when I'm ready.

One thought I did have - if you've just started doing a lower carb eating (or just switched to paleo/primal, which usually means you've got a big drop in your carb intake), you could be having the 'rebound' hypoglycemia after eating... basically, you eat, your body is /expecting/ a huge intake of simple carbs and releases the insulin to drive down the expected spike in glucose. Unfortunatley, you didn't eat a bunch of carbs, but your blood sugar drops regardless.

Even if you don't feel it, that may be what's happening. If it worries you, adjust your 'safe' carbs a little higher (add in 1/2 sweet potato at lunch, for example) and see what happens.

Stephanie

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4/11/12 1:21 A

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It is most often at or just around 65. It was an hour after a meal at that number and same number in the morning before a meal.


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4/10/12 10:54 P

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It depends on what you mean by low. It may be lower than someone eating bread and sugar all day, but it should not be TRULY low (under 60) to where you would need medical attention. When are you taking it and why?

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4/10/12 9:34 P

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I was wondering if anyone knows if being on paleo makes your blood sugar lower than "Normal"
numbers? I have my Dad's meter and it often shows me at what is considered low. Thanks for any info you can offer.


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