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Posted: 27 Mar 2009, 08:58
Hi!! Occasionally I have these episodes where I become sweaty, my heart starts palpating my vision is blurry and and overall feeling of Tiredness happens.

Last Sunday this happened about 1/2 hour AFTER eating a baked potato at Wendy's and an Orange soda (I wasn't dieting yet). Just to see I used my fiance's Blood glucose meter. I was at 59!

I'm just wondering if this would mean I am hypoglycemic and what if anything I can do so that this doesn't happen again?

P.S. I had been Ill Saturday with a stomach bug and wonder if the illness could have been the problem.
August R. Dow

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Posted: 27 Mar 2009, 09:10
I have this problem too, just be careful with it and make sure it's hypoglycemia and not diabetes. Try eating more frequently and more protein instead of carbs. Also, my grandma is diabetic, so I know the symptoms of the hypoglycemia and if you do start to feel your sugar getting low try and drink some orange juice or get a candy like a peppermint. Although the orange juice is best.

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Posted: 27 Mar 2009, 09:21
My Fiance is Type 1 diabetic, so I definately do not want to go there! Also my sister has Type II diabetes but her sugar is more apt to be SKY high, vs the lows I was experiencing.

I'm going to keep following my healthy eating/exercise plan and see how it goes. I have been making a conscience effort to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks/day, so far so good!

Thanks for answering! You were my first responder, ever.
August R. Dow

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Posted: 27 Mar 2009, 11:59
I'm hypoglycemic myself. My blood sugar has plunged from time to time where I actually felt I was about to pass out. However, I must say, since I have been eating better (the food i eat and when i eat) and excersing, my B/S has been staying pretty regular.

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Posted: 28 Mar 2009, 16:41
Hi there- so sorry you had this scary experience. This is classic hypoglycemia. I'm not a doctor though, so your best bet is to go see one. I've had hypoglycemia for years. Diabetes runs in my family also. What most people don't realize is that hypoglycemia often does turn into diabetes- from the overexposure of your cells to the constant high insulin (which takes out all of the glucose from your blood). The shakes and sweating comes from your adrenals pumping out adrenaline to try and raise your blood sugar level.

They will do a fasting glucose test to determine if you have hypoglycemia.

What happened there is you ate a very high carb meal, your body responded to this with excessive insulin, and then the adrenaline. This is why it happened after the meal.

I've passed out and had horrible symptoms for years. I was told initially to eat lots of sugar, which made it much worse- I was just keeping my insulin level high!

Only in an emergency eat sugar. Try for protein instead.

I highly recommend a low carb diet to control hypoglycemia, it helped me when nothing else did. Eating every two or three hours does help, but when you eat carbs (so people are more sensitive than others, I happen to be very sensitive), the insulin makes you 'hungry' because your blood sugar is dropped again. It's a vicious cycle, and can make you overweight quickly... which makes the chances of getting diabetes even higher.

Good luck with it! If you have any questions, let me know- I'd be happy to help!

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Posted: 27 May 2009, 11:50
I completely agree with Ilo (or llo, not sure how to read that). I have been hypoglycemic for many years. Simple carbohydrates turn to starch which your body will perceive as sugar. I have cut out baked potatos almost entirely as well as white refined products and very little sugar. When my blood sugar goes too low I feel shaky, sweaty, irritable,unable to focus or concentrate. 59 is pretty low. Try to incorporate complex carbohydrates into your diet and eliminate all sugar and refined carbohydrates and even natural foods (like the potato) that turn to starch in your body. My monitor blinks (with exclamation points) "Call doctor immediately!!!) when my blood sugar reaches 50. Just so you know, if it goes to 40 or below you can expect to pass out, or worse, so this is something to take seriously.

Hope this helped! Take care of yourself!
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Posted: 16 Jun 2009, 16:16
I was literally just diagnosed as a "possible hypoglycemic" 20 minutes ago. They gave me a handout on it. You sound like you have the symptoms but a blood test will make sure if you wanna go see your doctor.
They gave me new diet restrictions... high protein, low carb, moderate fats. Avoid concentrated sugar and dont' smoke or drink... but no medication is necessary, apparently, for a functioning hypoglycemic....
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Posted: 26 Jun 2009, 16:46
I have hypoglycemia and the best thing thas helped me is eating more complex foods. For instance, whole wheat bread takes longer to digest, therefore keeping your blood sugar at a steady level, rather than spiking and crashing...

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Posted: 27 Jun 2009, 06:16
I've been wondering if I might have hypogycemia? I've noticed I can get hungry almost every hour (too much insulin??). Also after a high carb meal I've noticed I get sleepy & also will get hungry again unless I drink a protein shake.

I don't usually get the lows or feel faint I guess because as soon as I feel hungry I eat.

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Posted: 27 Jun 2009, 16:08
that happens to me sometimes its really scary especially when it happens at night

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Posted: 27 Jun 2009, 19:56
Oh wow, I've had that happen. I hadn't even considered hypoglycemia, I just assumed my body really hated sweet binging, and stopped thinking about it after that. Uhoh.

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Posted: 08 Jul 2009, 18:55
From Ask the Dietitian

Q: Recently, my doctor told me I have a condition known a reactive hypoglycemia, which he explained could be a precursor of diabetes. I know I have to change the way I eat to stabilize my blood sugar, but I don't know what to eat to both lose weight and treat these sudden drops of blood sugar. Can you give me any help?

A: At first this may sound like the opposite of diabetes because your body makes too much insulin. Hypoglycemia in fact is considered a pre-diabetic condition. It can be diagnosed by symptoms, but more accurately with a 4-hour fasting glucose tolerance test. The good news is simply eating six small meals and avoiding simple sugars can reverse your symptoms.

Reactive hypoglycemia is an over production of insulin in response to eating simple sugars. Some persons who experience hypoglycemia don't eat regular meals and may over eat simple sugars. The pancreas over responds by producing too much insulin which causes a rapid and sharp decrease in blood sugar, usually falling below fasting blood sugar levels (normal fasting blood glucose 70 - 90 milligrams per deciliter) 2 hours after the meal.

Unlike a diabetic who eats something sweet when having an insulin reaction, you should eat protein. Try eating cheese, luncheon meat or a hot dog with or without the bun. If you were to eat sweets to get your blood sugar back up, you would experience hypoglycemia again within another 2 hours or less.

Your blood sugars can be evened out by eating six small meals per day. Usually the carbohydrate is restricted to 50% of total calories or about 200 grams per day. The protein is usually higher around 20% of total calories because protein does not increase blood sugar. Fat intake is recommended at 30% of total calories, not as low as your diet at 17 25%. In fact, when the fat content of a person's diet goes much lower than 25%, it can negatively affect satiety and lead to binge eating.

50% Carb + 30% Fat + 20% Protein

Your eating plan should include increased complex carbohydrates like starch and fiber (corn, peas, carrots and onions are OK in normal servings) and decreased simple sugars like candy, soda and desserts. Caffeine is sometimes restricted because it can produce the same symptoms as hypoglycemia. Also, you should avoid alcohol, which can lower blood sugar. If you were overweight, weight loss would improve your body's ability to use insulin because fat increases your resistance to insulin.

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Posted: 08 Jul 2009, 18:56
Sounds like The Zone.

♥ DAILY GOALS ♥ OK: Whole Grains, Veggies, Fish, Eggs, Limited Poultry. AVOID: Sugar, Most Fruit, Milk, Simple Carbs, Red Meat or Pork. GRAMS: 60 g Protein, 160 g Carbs, 30 g Fat. GOALS: Exercise Daily, Drink Lots of Water, Pray and Meditate!
It's taken me a lifetime to believe this: I am worthy of health.

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