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Understanding Hypoglycemia

Eating to Prevent Low Blood Sugar

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  • I have hypoglycemia and it is the OPPOSITE of diabetes. Yes another misleading article from someone who is claiming to be a dietician. Seriously, get your facts straight. Also, the menu you listed would be very bad to a diabetic with how much carbs you put on that menu. A dietician? I think not. - 8/13/2016 1:00:24 PM
  • That suggested menu is carb overload and would not be recommended to a diabetic. It would send my blood glucose soaringly high, hyperglycemia is as bad as hypo and is a hidden killer. - 7/28/2016 10:43:16 AM
  • I had episodes of severe hypoglycemia, but it went away after I got on thyroid hormones. Most of the doctors did not recognize that I had low thyroid hormones since they like to rely on TSH. But an integrative medical doctor caught it, thankfully! - 7/28/2016 6:31:21 AM
  • I wonder how many are eating 3 meals and 2 to 3 snacks each day because they beleive their hypoglycemic reactions are on account of waiting too long between meals and snacks, when it is really a reactive hypoglycemic reaction being experienced following high-carbohydrate meals and snacks. - 7/28/2016 1:16:10 AM
  • Basically, to summarize all the comments..................
    Eat what keeps your BS level, and that DOES VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON. Not everyone will fit your mold. Protein is not the end all of end alls. See your diabetic educator. Carbs are the definite "evil" is part of what I am hearing. I have never heard of protein bringing anyone out of a low. A 1/2 a cup of OJ has 15 carbs, and more often than not it will bring you out of your low in 15 minutes (up to 70). Then make yourself half of a sandwich when your BS is 70. 15 carbs every 15 minutes until your low is back up to 70. Then eat your protein with a carb. This is what I have always been advised to do. I have been a diabetic for 54 years, since I was 9. But always check with your diabetic educator. - 6/2/2016 11:19:16 AM
  • While the article is informative, that sample menu is, I'm sorry, ludicrous. Please, if you even think you have low blood sugar, find another source for a recommended menu.

    Disappointed! - 5/16/2016 12:10:43 PM
  • It would be great to see this article updated so that the "sample menu" actually reflected the instructions for having a high protein source with each meal and snack that is advocated in the text. I don't believe that a total of 89g of protein for the day is even close to what the text of the article alludes to.

    While staying within the generally recommended ranges, the 62 carb / 19 fat / 19 protein split of this sample menu is ludicrously low in protein when looking at the recommendations in the text. It's also worth noting that it only has 3, maybe 3-1/2 servings of fruit and vegetables, and is low in zinc, potassium, and vitamin A at the least.

    I'm with all of the other commenters who would find that the sample menu would be disastrous for controlling hypoglycemia. I find that a 50 carb / 30 prot / 20 fat split works the best for me, with the majority of the carbs being vegetables, fruits, legumes, and maybe one or two servings of "whole grains" at most. I do include dairy, but only Greek style yogurt (plain) since it is high protein, full fat cheese, or an ounce of skim milk at a time in a cup of tea and must be accompanied by a snack or meal.

    Seriously, ditch all of the bagels and toast and bran flakes and add in some eggs and larger servings of meats, along with at least 6-10 servings of vegetables and fruits and you might actually have a healthy diet that will help control hypoglycemia as well as being satisfying and sustainable. - 2/4/2016 4:23:16 PM
  • My husband was diagnosed with hypoglycemia this past summer after an incident last spring when he thought he was having a stroke (leg numbness & shakiness and lack of feeling, trying to get out of bed and leg gave out on him etc. Hospital could find no stroke or heart issues.). The dietitian we visited after dismissal from hospital suggested more proteins like nuts, peanut butter etc, and she (apparently ignorantly) shot down my suggestion about Tahini (sp?) being higher in protein (it is basically a sesame seed 'butter' in the same sense as peanut butter or almond butter). I have to agree with some of the other comments where dietitians are not staying current with what is available and what works...as I went home and I had two different brands of tahini and both showed more protein than peanut butter!! My husband did notice that when he had a small protein snack before bed, he has dreams now - he never had dreams before. His sleep apnea and his regular family practice doctors were both impressed to learn that, since evidently dreaming only occurs in the deep REM sleep - so he evidently had never really been hitting the deep REM sleep as much (even after 10+ years of CPAP treatment.). So... and you do have to figure out the total proteins for the day and carve your snacks out of that protein. Otherwise, too many nuts can cause constipation etc. He usually has nuts and maybe raisins or grapes. - 11/12/2015 9:06:03 PM
  • 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 go...to 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
  • CRAMPERELLA
    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)

    *Unfocused
    *Yawning (not tired, yawning)
    *Uncontrollable Crying
    or
    *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
  • MUSKRATMOM
    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

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