Does anyone here have any experience with being hypoglycemic? I just came from my doctor and it looks like I have low blood sugar. I have been thinking that my thyroid has really been out of wack lately so I had my blood work done early and went for my results today. My results are as follows:
I have been alternating between 50mcg and 75mcg of Levoxyl each day with 2.5mcg Cytomel. The doctor just adjust me Levoxyl to 75mcg every day with the 2.5mcg of Cytomel every day. I have to return for more blood work this week to do a fasting glucose test. If in fact I am hypoglycemic, what does this mean?
Yes, I've been hypoglycemic for about 8 years, I've had a thyroid problem for about 4 years. I have more problem with it when my thyroid is off, they sort of go hand in hand, some people tend to have higher blood sugar when their thyroid is off and some have lower.
Your FT4 is low and this is probably affecting you more. If you get a glucose tolerance test done be sure it is a 5 hour not a 3 hour, the 3 hour can sometimes miss the problem.
If you are hypoglycemic this means you need to stay away from sugar and processed foods, eat lots of vegetables especially green ones and avoid white flour products, whole grains are better. Be sure you get enough protien and eat often, small snacks every 2 to 3 hours.
First thing I recommend is to find the book "The Low Blood Sugar Handbook" by Ed and Patricia Krimmel, it is very informative and lists foods to eat and foods to avoid. Also it would be wise to get a glucose monitor and check your blood sugar when you feel poorly to see what level you are at. In time you will learn the signs of when you need food so you eat something before you get too large a drop.
Typically what they look for in the glucose testing is a drop of 30 or more points in your blood sugar within a short amount of time. The large drop is what causes symptoms even if its a "normal" number, its the amount it falls that makes you hypoglycemic. Mine can be 110 and 20 minutes later be in the 80's, the 25 to 30 point drop in such a short time causes me to feel off, sometimes dizzy, shakey etc. even though 80 or in the 80's is a "normal" level, its the drop thats not normal.
Thank you so much for the information. It definitely helps alot. My doctor is having me go in to do a 12hr fasting test. Hopefully this will give him the answers he is looking for. I will also look in to getting the book you recommended. What are the odds that with both of my parents being diabetic that I would end up with low blood sugar??????
Low blood sugar is often the precurser to diabetes in a lot of people. Not everyone that is hypoglycemic will turn into a diabetic, but with your family history you will need to watch it very closely because you may end up diabetic.
Hope all goes well, keep us posted.