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Understanding Hypoglycemia

Eating to Prevent Low Blood Sugar


  • ANGEL115707
    While the article is good to make people aware and glad she is trying, her diet suggestion is extremely dangerous. Dietitians especially the ones with 20= years are outdated and give very bad diet advice. If I ate all those whole grains as its called... man breakfast, I would be shaking and trembling and nauseous before that carb snack, the snak would make me sicker and the carb lunch... I'd be bed ridden. WRONG WRON WRONG!!!! I literally have to have protein in the morning or my day is over. protein is the only thing that keeps me from crashing. If I even try to eat cereal, full of fiber even, I'm done for... its awful. My blood sugar only gets up to 80 when I am not fasting... NOT fasting! fiber doesn't help in true hypoglycemic cases. mild low blood sugar symptoms can be covered by whole grains but the ups and downs that even that produces can lead to more severe hypoglycemia down the road. I see others commenting on what carbs to do them as well.... PLEASE spark people dietitians, I know you mean well. I know you care, but you need to update your knowledge. read Wahl's protocol for example, dietary schooling should be a crime until they can update its info!!! - 1/22/2015 1:56:39 PM
  • I am very hypoglycemic. I have to eat 5 times a day and my dr thought 6 might even be better. A protein with each meal is so important. So I am not sure about this meal plan. Bagels are empty carbs with lots of calories. Carbs turn to sugar in your body and sugar makes my hypoglycemia worse and my dr can't figure out why. Lots of protein sure helps me a lot. I eat 1 gram per pound of what I weigh. I talked to the diabetic dr and she told me that I am doing all the right things but still my blood sugar takes a nose dive once in a while. I have learned to pack a snack where ever I keep some at my 2 jobs...and one in Dennis's motorcycle. Planning is so important. I am glad the article was written as the word needs to get out about this. - 10/26/2014 11:03:36 PM
  • I don't need to wait 8 hours between meals to begin feeling the effects of hypoglycemia. If I go more than four hours without eating I start feeling cranky. If I go much longer I turn into a monster. - 7/27/2014 5:48:10 PM
  • I did want to say, I do eat a lot of protein - egg with breakfast, my lunch has chicken as does my dinner... - 2/7/2014 3:13:06 PM
  • I am severely hypoglycemic. I am not diabetic. The doctors actually aren't sure what the cause of my hypoglycemia is, however my symptoms present as such (it comes on from fasting or waiting too long between meals)

    *Yawning (not tired, yawning)
    *Uncontrollable Crying
    *Passing out

    I've managed to maintain my blood sugar by eating complex carbohydrates and lots of fruit. For instance, this morning I had oatmeal with flax, wheat germ, and chia with a banana and blueberries. My lunch includes brown rice and a lot of vegetables. For snack I have a small nonfat blueberry yogurt and 1/4C honey toasted pecans. For dinner I'm making sesame chicken with broccoli and bok choy.

    I absolutely cannot do a low carb diet or a sugar free diet or I'm unable to function. But I'm also not eating all the time. I eat breakfast around 8ish, lunch around 2:30pm, snack around 4pm (before work as my work is very active), and then dinner around 8pm. I have found if I do not eat before exercising, I not only lack any energy to put into my workout, but I have gotten off the elliptical and passed out before. So it's important for me to eat something with protein and some sugar some 30 minutes-hour before my work out (so yogurt and nuts, cheese and fruit) and it will carry me through without drops in blood sugar. If I'm unable to have a full meal, yogurt, protein powder and a Naked juice will stick with me and fill me up and keep me going. Everyone will be different though, and finding the right balance is difficult, especially if you have to eat carbs and sugars to remain healthy. But I feel so much better when I am actively controlling my blood sugar levels. - 2/7/2014 3:11:17 PM
  • Why can't I get spark points for any of these articles today? There is no visible button for me to click, and no I haven't reached 25 points for these articles yet today. And yes, I am reading until the final page. Anyone else having the same issue? Very odd. I've been a member since March and never experienced this. - 10/4/2013 10:53:15 AM
    Yes, this is crazy. Yes you can prevent hypoglycemia by eating all day every day but life can't revolve around our little meals. Most of us are doing well to get two or three meals worked in.Every time you eat carbs, you set yourself up for another crash.
    Most of us with reactive hypoglycemia have a phase one insulin secretion defect and are on the slippery slope to diabetes.
    A little used method of diabetes and hypoglycemia diagnosis is the gllucose challenge or glucose tolerance test Ask for a 3-4 hour test with fasting and glucose testing every hour or immediately if you have symptoms. A diagnosis of post prandial hyperglycemia is something your doctor will know how to treat- either with very short acting insulin or with drugs that increase incretin function.
    Otherwise I'd recommend eating very little carbohydrate, (no more than 15-30 grams total at a meal, and exercise before or after each meal. - 8/31/2013 10:04:41 AM
    I always thought I may have this but never tested. I have to have a protein every few hours or I feel weak and if I go several hours without eating I will see a little trembling in my hands when I hold them out. Since just 6 almonds cures my problem, why be tested. I agree with the other posters that each body is different and one has to find what works for them. - 5/12/2013 1:39:56 PM
  • I couldnt eat that meal plan without having a reaction no protein for breakfast and bagels are empty carbs :o
    - 4/9/2013 2:21:18 PM
  • NK1959
    I agree with most of the others here who suffer from post prandial hypo. This sample diet would have me in a faint by an hour after breakfast. Protein, protein, protein! I wonder sometimes what dieticians are taught. I am seeing one at my endocrinologist's office who knows what she is talking about re: post prandial hypo. My diet, 8 meals a day, 150 cal every 2 hrs. Each with protein, fat and 5 gms or less of complex carbs. An example would be an egg with cheese and spinach; a cracklebred with chopped bell pepper on it and cheese melted on top; stir fry; a slice of crustless quiche made with egg beaters, heavy cream, cheddar, ham and veggies. Listening to the dietician at the bariatric office who gave me the above type of diet just made me much sicker and had me gaining back 11 lbs in 6 wks. - 2/3/2013 12:23:51 PM
  • I was very interested in reading the comments of those who have or have had hypoglycemia. I think it is good input and should be taken under consideration when reading "fixes". I do agree that protein at breakfast and within an hour of waking is good for everyone! - 1/14/2013 2:18:46 PM
    A part of some of these comments sounds true but only to the writer. Everyone is different and must choose their own individual health plan. Just because it works for one doesn't mean it will work for everyone. I was shocked to discover that I have diabetes because I had been a vegetarian for sixteen years. Obviously I did not follow a balanced diet and now my doctor wants me to follow a diet loaded with processed foods. To me that's going backwards and I object. I will make my changes, meal after meal until I get there. Your comments are very interesting though and I like the enthusiasm I feel when I read some of them.
    P.S. I do believe that protein is a must in breakfast, within one hour of awaking. - 10/9/2012 7:11:37 PM
  • I have had reactive hypoglycemia for probably 20 or more years now. The breakfast that SparkPeople recommend here:

    1 medium banana
    1 cup bran flakes with 1 cup skim milk
    1 cup decaffeinated coffee

    is guaranteed to give me a blood sugar plunge because it's almost all carbs, no fat, and little protein. Within an hour or so of eating it, I would have all of the typical signs of hypoglycemia, and my blood sugar would be low (under 70) when I took it. The only way that I could eat what you listed is by including a couple of eggs, maybe with some shredded cheese on top. Skim milk and low-fat cheeses are not my friend, causing more blood sugar issues than they fix. If I followed up your recommended snack and lunch after the recommended breakfast, I would be in bad shape by early afternoon, having one blood sugar incident after another.

    For those with reactive hypoglycemia, like me, the best breakfast is high in protein, moderate in fats, and low in carbs (but not no-carb). I can usually eat more carbs later in the day, but not first thing in the morning. My research on this has shown me that I'm not alone in this.

    Rather than following a high-bread, high-carb diet like the one recommended in this article, a dietician told me to envision my plate divided in half. Fill one half with vegetables. Then divide the empty half of the plate in two, and fill one part with a lean meat and the other with whatever high-carb side you might want (bread, pasta, potato, ...). Following that recommendation has worked wonders for my blood sugar.

    The diet recommended here would pretty much have me with type 2 diabetes in a fairly short time. I would NOT recommend it to anyone in a situation similar to mine. - 10/1/2012 11:38:37 AM
    I have been hypoglycemic for probably 30 years. I have a plethora of physicians and NOT one gives a whoot about it. I'm a disabled veteran, and so far I do not have diabetes. The lowest my blood sugar level I was aware of was 43.
    I have yet to find a doctor who understands this can kill me likely quicker then diabetes because physicians just don't care or are oblivious to this condition.
    Why is hypoglycemia ignored? - 9/10/2012 6:00:55 PM
  • I related to several of the posts. I was diagnosed hypoglycemic in my late 20's and followed a diet of equal amounts of carbs and protein w/ minimal fat for a couple of years and the doctor declared me normal again. Fast forward to my 50's and I have a diagnosis of diabetes. I too wish I still had my old written diet plan, but I don't and have been having troubles with the foods and eating plans for about 3 years. I never got back in check after I retired: my exercise went w/ my job. So now, I an using insulin and other drugs just to bring my sugars down. I am getting better w/ the food stuff and have finally turned the corner I hope. I am very happy to have found Spark. The tracking software is fabulous. Best on the internet so far as I can tell. And w/ me tracking my food intake is really major. I enjoy reading the comments. - 6/17/2012 9:26:55 AM

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