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Old 04-23-2004, 07:12 PM   #1
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Question Low Blood Sugar

Has anyone experienced low blood sugar with perimenopause? Or your blood sugar periodically dropping? I have had this happen a few times lately and wondering if it is also associated with my hormone imbalance.
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Old 04-23-2004, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: Low Blood Sugar

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Has anyone experienced low blood sugar with perimenopause? Or your blood sugar periodically dropping? I have had this happen a few times lately and wondering if it is also associated with my hormone imbalance.
Penny
If you have not had low blood sugar before, then it most likely is. I get symptoms of low blood sugar too, know it's happening. It's good to eat 5 small meals a day. I had it years ago associated with my thyroid. You don't have to have a thyroid problem to have hypoglycemia or symptoms. I have a friend who is basically almost menopause, but when she was going through perimenopause, she would have alot of low blood sugar problems.

 
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Old 04-23-2004, 08:26 PM   #3
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Re: Low Blood Sugar

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If you have not had low blood sugar before, then it most likely is. I get symptoms of low blood sugar too, know it's happening. It's good to eat 5 small meals a day. I had it years ago associated with my thyroid. You don't have to have a thyroid problem to have hypoglycemia or symptoms. I have a friend who is basically almost menopause, but when she was going through perimenopause, she would have alot of low blood sugar problems.
Thanks for the reply. I am sure it is associated with my fulcuating hormones. What do you do besides eat the 5 small meals a day?
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Re: Low Blood Sugar

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Thanks for the reply. I am sure it is associated with my fulcuating hormones. What do you do besides eat the 5 small meals a day?
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Stay away from sugar. Sugar only brings your sugar level way up and then brings it to a low. You can exercise, and don't let it take over your life. Just make sure you eat five small meals a day and that will balance your sugar level. It's aggravating, I know. Been there. And perimenopause will bring on hypoglycemia or symptoms of it.

 
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Re: Low Blood Sugar

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Stay away from sugar. Sugar only brings your sugar level way up and then brings it to a low. You can exercise, and don't let it take over your life. Just make sure you eat five small meals a day and that will balance your sugar level. It's aggravating, I know. Been there. And perimenopause will bring on hypoglycemia or symptoms of it.
I experienced what I thought might have been hypoglycemia or definitely symptoms of it. Think b/c of anxiety, I didn't have an appetite tho. I read somewhere (either in "Before the Change" or "Wisdom of Menopause") that women who are going through peri-meno should eat several small meals a day vs. eating the usual 3 meals a day. This was also recommended for women who have hypothryoid (have this also). For months, I forced myself to eat several times a day. Lost weight, kept it off - so I guess there are some benefits to all this.

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Old 04-24-2004, 10:26 AM   #6
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Re: Low Blood Sugar

Thanks for the imput guys! I am just trying to stay afloat with all this. I will try your suggestions.

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Thanks for the imput guys! I am just trying to stay afloat with all this. I will try your suggestions.

Penny

Just remember, you are not alone. We are all combating something related to perimenopause. Yikes!

 
Old 04-24-2004, 01:44 PM   #8
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Just remember, you are not alone. We are all combating something related to perimenopause. Yikes!
I know, that what makes this board such a great place to come and know that all you guys are going through similar things and just want to feel better. Heres to better days for all of us!
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I know, that what makes this board such a great place to come and know that all you guys are going through similar things and just want to feel better. Heres to better days for all of us!
Penny

But some days are just plain ole horrible, aren't they? Like today, I'm just feeling so anxious, no period, just spotted again yesterday and I notice that I get a hot flash and cramps with the spotting. I just hate it but have to learn to cope with it. Started Centrum, multi vitamin to help with some of my body zaps, who knows if it will help, but surely will give it a try. I always know when I'm going to have a body flush or hot flash when I get this tingling in my stomach area, lol

 
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Re: Low Blood Sugar

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But some days are just plain ole horrible, aren't they? Like today, I'm just feeling so anxious, no period, just spotted again yesterday and I notice that I get a hot flash and cramps with the spotting. I just hate it but have to learn to cope with it. Started Centrum, multi vitamin to help with some of my body zaps, who knows if it will help, but surely will give it a try. I always know when I'm going to have a body flush or hot flash when I get this tingling in my stomach area, lol
Hi Ainfate,
In addition to using many of the "peri-zappers" that is talked about on this board, I have also been using Revival Soy. I found it through another menopause board (power-surge.com) but they also have their own site. Can only be purchased online, kind of expensive but I think it is worth it. Before finding this soy product, I was feeling pretty normal, but I would get hot flashes and facial sweats on/off. After 3 weeks of drinking this soy shake or eating their bars, I no longer have them. Many women on that board swears by it...that is why I gave it a try. The shake can be filling esp. if you mix it with fruit so it helps you lose weight too. Even though many people may eat or take soy pills, it is apparently not enough. One serving of Revival is 160mg of soy, equiv. to 6 glasses of soymilk, so maybe that is what make it different. Just another recommendation that might help you.

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Re: Low Blood Sugar

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Hi Ainfate,
In addition to using many of the "peri-zappers" that is talked about on this board, I have also been using Revival Soy. I found it through another menopause board (power-surge.com) but they also have their own site. Can only be purchased online, kind of expensive but I think it is worth it. Before finding this soy product, I was feeling pretty normal, but I would get hot flashes and facial sweats on/off. After 3 weeks of drinking this soy shake or eating their bars, I no longer have them. Many women on that board swears by it...that is why I gave it a try. The shake can be filling esp. if you mix it with fruit so it helps you lose weight too. Even though many people may eat or take soy pills, it is apparently not enough. One serving of Revival is 160mg of soy, equiv. to 6 glasses of soymilk, so maybe that is what make it different. Just another recommendation that might help you.

Molly
I read this Revival in the book before the change. The only problem, I don't know yet if my estogen level is low. So I'm afraid to take it until I have some confirmation. Don't want to be estrogen dominance, actually, I'm afraid that is my problem. Fibroids, cystic ovaries and fibrocystic breasts, hmmm--that sounds alot like too much estrogen to me.

 
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