Post # 1
This has just really been irritating me because it’s happened 3 times today! If I don’t eat something every few hours, my blood sugar totally crashes and I get really sick. I’m talking shaking, nausea, horrible headache, can’t even stand up without feeling like I’ll pass out. I also get really irritable, which I know is not fun for the people around me! I feel like I’m always eating, because it’s the only way to keep this from happening. Sometimes it’ll happen even when I ate like an hour before. I know it’s definitely blood sugar because it gets better after eating, plus (by my dr’s recommendation) I test with a glucose meter when this happens so I can have a concrete measurement of just how low it is. Usually when I’m feeling really bad I get a result of around 65 or so.
Anyway, does anyone else have a problem with this? How do you keep it from getting to that point of feeling really sick? Any suggestions of what to eat (or what not to eat) to keep my glucose levels stable? I try to stick with fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc and avoid junk food, but it really hasn’t seemed to make a difference.
Btw, I’m not diabetic. I only have problems with my sugar being too low; it’s never been too high.
Post # 3
I’m hypoglycemic too. Trust me, I feel your pain (and so does my Fiance, poor guy).
I find that my blood sugar doesn’t fall so quickly if I stay well-hydrated. I also make sure to have nuts, vegetables, or whole wheats with me at all times.
Careful with fruit. If it isn’t fiber-rich, it’s just as bad as straight sugar. (Good fruits include apples and peaches; bad fruits include oranges and berries.) Of course they’re not bad for us in and of themselves, but don’t eat them when you won’t be able to eat again for a while!
Post # 4
Fruit and most simple carbs will crash you. Stick with meats, veggies, nuts and if its fruit make sure there is fiber involved! And also heavy water drinking will crash your sugars as well. Sip a little juice throughout the day or clear soda like sprite 🙂
Post # 5
I would definitely see a nutritionist for some advice. My Fiance is diabetic so I know a lot about blood sugar. I have mild issues with blood sugar (I’ve been in the 60’s nonfasting too) but I just eat a ton. If you eat foods with low glycemic index, your BG should be more stable and not crash as quickly. Maybe mix fats and proteins in more to slow absorption too.
Post # 6
I have hypoglycemia. I’m not so good about managing it though. I’m naturally a grazer, but I’ve been trying not to do that as much because I’m trying to loose 5lbs and just started a desk job. (Basically I’m cutting out eating because I’m bored to compensate for a job where I can’t move around.) My big issue is numbness. I’ll be sitting at my desk and all of a sudden my whole left arm goes numb and then feeling comes right back. I wont have had any weight on it or anything. Unfortunately I’ve only been diagnosed by a campus RN, not my primary care physician. So I’m not positive its %100 hypoglycemia related. And I don’t want to go to a new doctor (mine is far away) just to have them not know what it is or to have them tell me to eat better (I eat pretty well and I’m good about snacking on granola bars when I’m having symptoms). I know protein helps a lot.
ETA: @Eva Peron: I did just recently switch to drinking just water. I wonder if thats part of the problem. I had no idea that could cause sugar crashes.
Post # 7
You need to make sure that you’re eating slow digesting carbs. It sounds like you’re eating fast digesting carbs, which will make your insulin spike, which is in turn will cause your sugar to drop quickly. This means you will find yourself feeling the effects of hypoglycemia more often. It becomes a roller coaster of sorts.
Here is a list of foods that are slow digesting that will help you curb the effects of your hypoglycemia. http://www.slowcarbliving.com/slow/files/scfdlist1.pdf
If you eat the correct foods, you should be able to get to the point where you don’t have to be eating constantly. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia in 1983, so I’ve been living with it for nearly 30 years. I used to have terrible problems controlling it. It took a long time to figure out what foods eliminated the spikes and drops. But when I was diagnosed, they didn’t know what foods were slow digesting, so I had to figure it out on my own.
Now, although I am still hypoglycemic and I still have to watch what I eat, I’ve learned what foods regulate my sugar naturally, and I am able to eat on a “normal” schedule rather than a six-meal a day schedule.
Post # 8
@asscherlover: I have horrible circulation issues and my doctor did relate it to my severe hypoglycemia 🙁 Its seriously annoying so I know what you mean!
OP- I agree with everything Loribeth has said. Especially pay attention to your carbs and specifically WHAT kind you’re eating!
Post # 9
I was diagnosed around 1973 and it was so hard to manage as a kid. I would wake up in the night with it even. It has gotten a lot better as I got older. Loribeth has good advice. For me I tried to eat protein at meals and cutting back on carbs and sugar helps. When mine gets low I eat even though I feel so sick. My son has it too and so do my sister and one niece. My Dad has it so it must be genetic. Mine got better but my Dad is now pre diabetic.
Post # 10
My sister finds it hard to diet because of hypoglycemia. She was able to lose weight doing Atkins and did well because it is mostly proteins. I don’t think I could do that but she said she felt great eating that way….no drops and spikes.
Post # 11
Yup, I hate it too. I used to constantly have problems with it, especially right after eating (reactive hypoglycemia). I’ve been gluten-free for a little over a year, and I hardly have problems with it anymore, I guess due to replacing wheat with nuts and other non-carbs.
Post # 12
When I was diagnosed(6 or 7 years ago), my doctor told me I basically should be eating like the Atkins diet. It took me a long time to really change me eating habits, but now I see a big difference in how I feel. I basically just try to eat mostly proteins and have cut way back on my carbs. I snack on nuts and I eat something every couple of hours.
Post # 13
I have it and i really have to make sure I’m eating enough protein and not too many carbs. On a recent night out I ate hummus, vegetables and pita bread for dinner and drank two beers. I woke up in the middle of the night with the shakes, got up to get some water and passed out on the way to the kitchen. It can be scary and frustrating. Just make sure you’re eating enough whole grains and protein, along with the nuts and vegetables that you already eat.
Post # 14
My Fiance has it so he tries to eat regularly but if he starts to get shaky or lightheaded he immediatly will eat a spoon full of peanut butter or a peanut butter sandwich. The peanut butter has always helped him to be able to control it better than any other food. They do also sell glucose tablets at most stores with a pharmacy in them so you can take them if your blood sugar gets too low.
Post # 15
Yep, I do. I eat breakfast, a snack, lunch, sometimes another snack, and then dinner. I try not to eat stuff that’s super sugary, since that will really make you crash, and I try to eat healthy-ish in general. I focus on proteins and things that aren’t high in sugar (especially HFCS). I usually have cereal and an apple or banana for breakfast (and coffee), a Lara bar for snack, a vegetarian burrito (Amy’s) and Chobani for lunch, and then whatever for dinner. I’ve started eating my apple slices with lunch, dipped in the yogurt, which is amazing.