I have a question for those who are diagnosed hypoglycemics or diabetics. Is it normal to have periods of time where you go through hypoglycemia quite frequently and then nothing for weeks and weeks? I seem to have this problem. For a long time I will be fine. Then, sometimes before my period or when I am under alot of stress I get bad and frequent low blood sugar attacks. Sometimes if I do more physical work than I'm used to, my sugar goes low or sometimes, it will just happen completely out of the blue. They will keep on coming for a cluster of a few days and then it stops. I know it is hypoglycemia because my diabetic friend tested me with her machine and my sugar was 42. I usually get bad headaches, uncontrollable shaking, hunger, thirst, bad attitude, lethargy when I get these attacks. I've been to a doctor, had a Blood Glucose Tolerance Test and while they found that my sugar tended to spike (160) after I drank the orange soda, it was down to 72 within 3 hours. My sugar usually runs in the 70-90 range when I am feeling normal. The doc didn't think there was much wrong with me. I just wonder why this happens only once in a while on the spur of the moment, and when it does it gets so severe? Will it become more frequent? Should I do something more for myself? My diet is pretty good and I exercise. Docs didn't think I had any problems there.
Well, I know exactly what you are talking about, same symptoms here. again occasionaly nothing ever consistant. I did got to the doctor and after bloodtests my doctor told me I had hypolycemia, he referred me to a nutrionlist and basically revolves around diet, my doctor said if I was eating right this wouldn't happen. (I have 3 children and I make balanced meals with nutrious snacks, so I don't totally agree with that.) and I don't know how true this is: but I read that eventually hypoglecemics will become diabetic? anyone else hear that. I am concerned because there is diabetes in my family. With all three of my children I had extreme and rapids weight gain, with my children weighing 9,10 & 11pounds. but all my test came back OK never ran sugar, but the hypoglecemia symptoms were very bad when pregnant. (I also have a son who has very bad bouts of low blood sugar, gets cranky and shaky., but through blood test they say he is ok I often how accurate the results of the blood tests are. ) I often thought about buying a cheap monitor blood/sugar checker at home.
I think we are in the same situation. I don't think the doctors really know or that the tests are very accurate. I know my body pretty well, and I know when my body is in this sort of hypoglycemic stage. I've been tested for everything under the sun including anemia for which I came back normal. I think the tests have to be done when you are actually having the symptoms. I'm sure that part of this occasional hypoglycemia is hormone induced. After all, isn't insulin a hormone? Pregnancy could really cause hypoglycemic complications. As I mentioned before, my period really seems to set it off. Good luck to you. Hope there are others here that can lend us their experience or expertise. Any doctors on the board that have had patients like this?
I talked to my daughter's doctor (who is a diebetic). I asked about my symtoms, which are exactly the same as yours. He said the yes it was hypoglaucemia but b/c most of my 'attacks' happened before my period, That I had something accompanying/ or another form of the Hypoglaucemia(not just your average hyoglacemic). I am not sure what he said it was b/c it was a complecated medical term and he said it kinda fast. But that it does have a name I just can't remember it. He also so said that you need to take the tests while having the attack and then another one 20-30 mins later to compare. I argued with one lady b/c she kept telling me that I wasn't hypoglacmic and it turned out not only did I have it, but I have had it since I was a child. But they never could diagnose my problem. (Shows how much doctors really know.) He also told me that, yes, they are now proving it will turn into diabtese later on in life, bit they are coming out with a pill to prevent this.
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Im in the same boat as you are. My grandmother has diabetes so she checks my blood sugar levels and they stay anywhere from 70 to 80. The other day I ate a candy bar and afterwards my sugar levels were only at 89. I went to the doctor but they just told me to stay away from sugar. She said nothing about me having hypoglaucemia. So i have been wondering for a while whats wrong with me. Im glad to know that it is hypoglaucemia. My question is can having low blood sugar levels affect your bowel movements?
I am hypoglycemic and have been for 7 years. For some it is true that hypoglycemia is a precursor to diabetes especially if diabetes runs in your family, but not every hypoglycemic will become diabetic.
You can't always go by the glucose tolerance tests, for some people it is worthless, what is normal for one is not normal for another, you need to go more on how you feel rather than the numbers.
And yes, sugar is a no no (all sugar including honey, and fake sweeteners like aspertame). You should eat whole grains, nuts, seeds, vegetables (especially green ones)small amounts of fruits, stay away from potatoes, corn, breads, chips, these are things that will cause a spike in blood sugar and then a fall.
A really good book to read is "The Low Blood Sugar Handbook" by Ed and Patricia Krimmel, this book lists foods to eat and foods to avoid, it is written by a hypoglycemic so its not a doctor just giving off the wall advice and not really knowing how it feels to BE a hypoglycemic, I highly recommend it.
Also you mentioned having periods of hypoglycemia. Stress, excercise and for women the monthly cycle can cause the blood sugar to drop more frequently. You know how a diabetic will excercise when they don't have their insulin to bring the sugar level down, well the same happens to a hypoglycemic, the blood sugar will drop, be sure to eat a protein snack before exercising to help keep the sugar level up, protien will stay with you longer.
Hope this helps you.
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