Post # 1
How did you find out you were one or the other? If you are hypoglycemic have you “switched” to being diabetic?
In 2004 I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. Diabetes runs in my family and my dad has type 2. (no needles). When I was first diagnosed managing it was difficult because we didn’t know much about it. I would bring a snack to school and eat in some of my classes if I started to feel lightheaded. (The test they did to find out I was hypoglycemic was to give me a very sugary orange drink, made me drink it all, and took my blood sugar levels 8 times in the next 4 hours. It was very painful, and my numbers dropped very low by the end). Eventually I joined track and cross country and was working out almost daily. I felt prettty good.
Then after I graduated high school I pretty much went through a rough period in my life, and stopped exercising all together. It has been very difficult for me to pick it back up again. I’ve tried going on walks here and there but living in the midwest with inpredictable weather it’s been tough. Since I stopped excersing daily I have not been feeling as well as I was. I’ve gained a lot of weight (20-30 lbs) and now I struggle to not eat as many bad things for me. I started cooking (which I had stopped when I moved out four years ago) again and many of the foods I cook involve vegetables and whole grains. But it has been hard for me to cut out the sweets and the plain bagles.
Lately I’ve been noticing that my fingers and toes have been tingling off and on throughout the day. It’s a lot easier for them to fall asleep. I haven’t had my sugar tested (in a fasting test, not just once in a day after I’ve eaten) since I was originally diagnosed with hypoglycemia (which is basicaly the opposite of diabetes). I told Darling Husband today that I wanted to make an appointment to go to the doctor and get tested to make sure my body doesn’t have diabetes, or that my hypoglycemia isn’t getting worse. I’m just not sure if it’s possible for someone’s body to “switch over” from one to the other?
Also, when we were on our honeymoon I had a lot of desert, but since we were eating all the time (I did gain a lot of weight though) I felt a lot better. Maybe if I start regulating times in which I eat…but that’s really hard with my job since I don’g have set hours.
Anyways, tell me about yourself and your struggles.
Post # 3
no advice, but i’m going through the exact same thing!
never had diagnosed hypoglycemia, but when i was in college the doc said i probably had it and just to snack frequently. now i’ve been dealing with the numb/tingling hands etc and feeling crappy. up 2-4 times a night to pee. falling asleep at the wheel. getting major crashes after meals, and dealing really poorly with alcohol. just got bloodwork back that says on average, my blood sugar is normal, but now begins the next round of investigation.
as a tip, make an appt ASAP! i’ve been calling endocrinologists this a.m. and the earliest i could get in was the end of NEXT month! apparently it’s a booming field these days 🙁 wishing you the best of luck as you figure it all out!
Post # 4
@inspiredcreations: so you would suggest trying to find an endrocrinologist rather than a regular physician? Someone once suggested to me the possibilty of hypoglycemia as hidden diabetes..but not sure how true that is. I’m hoping you find the answers you need soon…all those things do not sound fun. And falling asleep at the wheel is scary!
Post # 5
Make an appointment with your PCP he/she will have you go get blood work done and possibly refer you to an endocrinologist.
Post # 6
@Mrs. Maple Syrup: I just signed up with DH’s new health plan. I didn’t had a PCP before that, but I had to choose one under his plan. Should I just make a routine checkup with her, and then mention my issues and questions?
Post # 8
depending on your insurance, you might need to see a PCP first for a referral. mine lets me go straight to specialists w/o referrals. since i’m concerned about thyroid/hormones and/or insulin resistance being at play, i figured best to go straight to the endocrinologist. in the meanwhile, i’m going to really focus on healthy eating (according to a diabetic/hypoglycemic diet, since both strive for constant blood sugar), water intake (dehydration is a problem for me), and exercise. i figure if i’ve got a month’s worth of healthy habits, and keep a food journal, then that will be good information for my appt in january.
Post # 9
@inspiredcreations: I think that’s a good idea. I’ve been trying to drink a lot more water as I find I’ve been feeling extremely dehydrated lately. I drank 36 oz of water the other day and peed once. I also had a very very dry throat that I couldn’t get rid of.
@Mrs. Maple Syrup: thank you for your help! 🙂
Post # 10
Yes, hypoglycemia and insulin resistance are precursors to diabetes– they don’t mean you are doomed, but do mean we have to work a lot harder than other people to prevent ourselves from developing diabetes.
I’m hypoglycemic– have been diagnosed since I was in elementary school. This past year has been difficult for me, as I’d slowly been becoming less active? I entered graduate school and got a desk job (compared to undergrad on a campus geared towards walking coupled with jobs like camp counseling, vet assistant, and waitressing) so I’ve put on 30 pounds in the past year. I’ve also lost my period entirely– I went off BC last December and haven’t had one since (aside from one medically induced cycle this past August).
Unfortunately, I’m still in the middle of my journey, so I can’t tell you what’s worked for me. I have trouble saying no to bad foods (carbs are the real enemy, and my favorite!) and I’ve been to a few doctors, had bloodwork done countless times, and even had an ultrasound to see if I had PCOS on top of the hypoglycemia.
I am going to an endocrinologist on Thursday, so I’ll keep you all posted!