Hypoglycemia without Diabetes
Is it possible to have hypoglycemia without diabetes? The answer is yes, and it's important to know why. As more and more cases of diabetes pop up, people are trying to diagnose the early warning symptoms of the disease. Just to get the terms straight, hypoglycemia is a state of low blood sugar or glucose, due to an overproduction of insulin or from a poor diet. Hyperglycemia is a state of high blood sugar usually due to low levels of insulin. Diabetes is the persistent medical condition of a body's underproduction of insulin, or of a cell's inability to process the insulin, either of which leads to high levels of blood sugar and dangerous conditions within the body, even death. Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are often associated with diabetes because all three conditions have to do with insulin and improper levels of blood sugar. The real difference between the three is that diabetes is a persistent medical condition, whereas hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are states within the body that come and go.
People wondering whether they can have hypoglycemia without having diabetes might be wondering whether or not they can have hyperglycemia without diabetes. We'll address that first before moving on to having hypoglycemia without diabetes. Diabetes causes hyperglycemia because without insulin, the body can't metabolize blood sugar for fuel and energy. The blood sugar builds up in the bloodstream and if it goes unchecked can be very hazardous to person's with diabetes and can even cause death. Certain conditions can cause hyperglycemia without diabetes, but these are rare.
Before you go, make sure you read through the comments section below. The community has left some amazing research, stories, and tips for dealing with hypoglycemia. Nanda especially has done a lot of research that's tremendously useful.
Another great resource is this Hub on Hypoglycemia from Conrad.
Dealing with Reactive Hypoglycemia
Reactive Hypoglycemia is a condition described as recurrent episodes of symptomatic hypoglycemia occurring 2–4 hours after a high carbohydrate meal. Unfortunately for the general public, reactive hypoglycemia is a condition that seems to be very often misdiagnosed by doctors. If you read the comments below, you'll see how many people had to figure out for themselves that they had an unnaturally high sensitivity to certain foods that would cause their blood sugar levels to become highly imbalanced. If you think that you have hypoglycemia without diabetes, then you're definitely not alone. Unfortunately, with this sort of condition, it's not always possible to know right off the bat which kinds of foods and habits will throw your body into an episode of hypoglycemia. That's why one of the best things a person can do is to keep a food journal. With a food journal, you can write down what you ate and how it affected your body. Foods and habits that seem to cause a bad reaction in your blood sugar can be documented so that you can try not to duplicate the process. Slowly but surely, you'll be able to discover what kinds of foods and habits lead to stable blood sugar levels.
Changing your eating habits and making sure to eat more nutritionally dense foods is a great step in learning to deal with reactive hypoglycemia. But there are a few other steps that might help along the way as well. One of those is glucose regulation. There are a number of different natural supplements that use herbs, minerals, and other natural ingredients to help the body better balance blood sugar levels. I've done a lot of research to find the best glucose regulation supplement, and the product I've listed below is both cheap and effective. It's also from a very reputable brand, Source Naturals. Clinical trials have shown that Holy Basil can help to stabilize blood sugar levels when supplemented. It's a powerful adaptogenic herb that's used extensively in India and Ayurvedic medicine.
One thing that many of the commenters have noted is that magnesium can be a very effective tool for calming the body down from a hypoglycemic attack. Magnesium is a powerful relaxer, and since two of the biggest symptoms of hypoglycemia are shaking and anxiety, magnesium supplements can really help. I had never made this connection until a few commenters below informed me that taking magnesium supplements had really helped them. Magnesium is just great in general. It's involved in over 350 processes in the human body and is essential to life. Here's a link to a form of magnesium that's especially calming.
Other Causes of Hypoglycemia without Diabetes
As we discussed in the first section, people are becoming more and more wary of diabetes and the early warning signs of the condition in order to help prevent it before the condition becomes permanent. In order to be able to do that, you need to be able to distinguish between hypoglycemia that comes from diabetes, and hypoglycemia that arises from other factors. Here are some of the other factors that may cause hypoglycemia:
1. Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- You don't need to be a doctor to know that too much alcohol is hazardous to your health. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause hypoglycemia. Why is that? When your body processes sugars and releases them into the bloodstream, some of the sugar is stored as glycogen in your liver and released slowly over time. Because we all know that alcohol heavily affects the liver, and one of those effects is that the liver is inhibited from releasing its stored sugar back into the bloodstream.
2. Some Medications
- Some medications can cause hypoglycemia. Some antidepressants, Quinine, and other things can cause hypoglycemia. Read the labels for side effects.
3. Hormone Imbalance
- Insulin release and production is regulated by hormones. Hormones are produced and regulated by your endocrine system. Your endocrine system, when healthy, is in a state of homeostasis, meaning balance. But a wide variety of things can throw your endocrine system out of balance, causing incorrect hormone production. One of the main causes of endocrine imbalance is steroid use. But there are many other causes.
- Not eating for extended periods of time can cause hypoglycemia. Blood sugar levels can drop as a response to a lack of food.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia just makes you feel nasty. Because of the fact that I've fasted before, I know what it feels like to not have enough blood sugar in your body. Everything just feels wrong and tense. Here are a few of the specific symptoms of hypoglycemia:
- Intense Hunger
- Sweating and Trembling
- Difficulty Concentrating and Speaking
Kari Poulsen from Ohio on November 14, 2019:
I get hypoglycemic with no reason. Thanks for the information and I'm off to read the comments.
Katie on May 16, 2016:
I am a 22 year old. What I was diagnosed with is reactive HYPERglycemia. I was wondering if you have any ideas on good supplements to take to conteract the reaction from when I eat too many carbs? (I go into a comatose like state for about 3-5 hours and I cant move or even wake up). I know this is a lot different than your article but was hoping you may have written one on my disorder :)
paulaas on April 13, 2014:
Several years ago I was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia and my endocrinologist put me on metformin. It has worked wonderfully. Now I have just had a complete hysterectomy. My doctor has put me on estrogen and testosterone injections. I feel like I did before I started taking the metformin- hungry all the time, etc. Have you seen any research on the effects of estrogen/ testosterone on blood sugar/hypoglycemia?
Mary on November 23, 2013:
Was diagnosed yesterday with hypoglycemia. Have also thought so, but having a doctor say so makes it seem better. I have learned much from this site. Thank you.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on December 03, 2012:
For Boris, I have managed my hypoglycemia by eating time intervals 3 hours early on then 4 hours lately. I don't wait for pangs of hunger because at that time it will be too late to avoid dizziness. Refined sugar is bad for hypoglycemic, brown sugar is better, or honey, fructose for that matter like sugar from coconut flower exudates turned sugar. We have plenty of that in the Philippines which is exported. Blood sugar test for diabetes would not do, it should be six hour glucose tolerance test. Anyway, you may not need that test if you have symptoms like those mentioned in this Hub. You may want to read my Hub on how to counter hypoglycemia which Benjimester has provided a link here.
HYPOGLYCEMIA SUCKS!!! on December 02, 2012:
I'm 14 and have hypoglycemia without diabetes. My dad is a chiropractor, and after a lot of weird eating habits, he tested my blood sugar and I in fact did have hypoglycemia. My family has a diabetes history and i'm really fortunate to not have that! When I become hungry, I become really depressed. People will walk up and say "hi" and I will start crying. Also, I become increasingly dizzy and frustrated with everything! I've learned to live with it and so have my friends. They know now when I start crying I need food, and will help me find some because of my inability to function. However, I am glad that I do not feel dizziness anymore. When I was in 5th grade, I was forced to carry around a bag with snacks because I was in danger of fainting when I became hungry. I am happy I am not the only one with this problem!!! I am soo happy I found this article.
Laura on November 03, 2012:
Wow! information galore on here! I have been dealing with this my whole life. I have also done extensive research on hypoglycemia.
Someone mentioned "enlarged cells on the pancreas". Only a few people even realize what role tumors on the pancreas has on increased levels of insulin production.
What most people don't know is that hypoglycemia wthout diabetes is 90% a matter of usually benign tumors on the pancreas and increased overproduction of insulin as a result. The pancreas is small and fairly hidden so this is rarely detected. The good news is that 99.9% of these growths never become malignant. By the same token this is another reason pancreatic cancer I so deadly because most times it is diagnosed too late but I digress...
I observed many people mentioned that diabetes runs in their family. So there is a connection there.
Finally, some have posted that they started out as hypoglycemics and ended up as diabetics.
My mother had hypoglycemia but never knew it. As they say hindsight is often 20/20. From her symptoms now we know. As a result she ate a lot of sugar and food (intense hunger as part of hypoglycemia) and I have a theory that all of us with hypo can end up with hyper or diabetes. She is now very diabetic and is on pills and insulin.
If a hypoglycemic eats too much and too much sugar rather than a low gi diet at regular intervals, it is possible that the body becomes insulin resistant and diabetes starts. Other theory, if too many masses grow on pancreas eventually instead of overproducing insulin it may start underproducing leading to diabetes.The pancreas is super sensitive in our case and works 10 times as hard as the normal person's so eventually it could perhaps enlarge and slow down the production much as hyperthyroidism tends to lead to goiters (enlarged thyroids) and hypothyroidism.
Regardless, for these reasons I consider hypoglycemia a type of diabetes and don't believe we can truly say it is not related.
I have found like many on here that a diet in balanced complex carbs, protein and fruits and vegetables and low in simple carb and sugar is best for both hypoglycemia and diabetes. Since this way we won't be making our pancreas work too hard and this in turn will hopefully maintain a balanced sugar level as well as decrease chances of our becoming insulin resistant in the future. (the #1 reason for diabetes by the way, many people think it is not having enough insulin but the real culprit is becoming resistant to insulin which explains why my mom in her advanced stages of diabetes is on pills AND insulin shots and STILL had sugar levels of 300).
I think the fact that so much of the population is obese and suffering from diabetes that docs love to see low blood sugar and don't understand it can be just as deadly. I almost passed out at the docs office and made them take my blood sugar level and only then did they say. "How are you still conscious and alive with a blood sugar of 40!" Yeah no thanks to you doc. People, do your research and don't rely on the docs that's all I can say! Remember, no one knows your body like you do...docs laughed at me when I did all my research and diagnosed myself and was not laughing when the blood results came back and my self diagnosis was right. I am not telling people to believe the first thing they read online nor to become a hypochondriac but listening to your body and extensive research coupled with ADVOCATING for yourself at the docs office ARMED with a list of your symptoms and requesting...nay...DEMANDING that the tests be done to rule out or confirm the diagnoses can be beneficial to our living a normal life and enjoying it to the fullest till the good Lord takes us!
conradofontanilla from Philippines on October 16, 2012:
You have a pancreatic tumor? That may contribute to your hypoglycemia. It may block production of glucagon that induces the conversion of glycogen to glucose when needed. Glucagon must be balanced with insulin that if it is preponderant glycogen is stored in the liver, released slowly if at all. You would be using glucose from diet. Early in the morning just up from bed the usual sugar level is 70, too low for hard thinking and exercise.
I suggest don't take a bath with cold water; don't lock the door of the bath room. Tumor of the pancreas can be remedied with soursop (guyabano) or noni juice which was proven to kill colon cancer in a research done by the University of the Philippines, Manila that also manages the Philippine General Hospital. This is one of the biggest in the country that is accompanied by the College of Medicine. I mentioned this research in one of my Hubs on cancer. You may access conradofontanilla.hubpages.com.
LEAH on October 16, 2012:
This is refreashing to read that I'm not alone. I passed out in the shower and was woke up by my three year old daughter yelling and shaking me. I have a wonderful doctor who admitted me to find the issue. I failed the glucose test miseribly. I was diagnosed with this. My concern is that a pancreatic tumor could be causing this from the research I have done? I have had all kinds of problems with my pancreas over the past year. Just trying to connect the dots. All I know is this is something very serious and some people don't take it that way. I never want my daughter to be scared like she was but she was able to help the EMS with me when they got there and was a trooper. My husband and her father is in Afghanistan so it is just me and her and God knows I have to be healthy to keep up with her.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on October 03, 2012:
It looks the symptoms your husband shows are very much for hypoglycemia. The beers might bring it on because of some five percent alcohol. Alcohol, coffee and smoking are no no for hypoglycemics. Dizziness is owing to lack of energy for the brain. A hungover from alcohol is actually hypoglycemia.
Andrea on October 03, 2012:
I have thought that my husband has been hypoglycemic for a few years now, he went to the doctor and they did blood work with good results, however did not do a proper glucose test over a set amount of hours. My husband knows there is something wrong but doesn't want to face up to it. I know when he hasn't eaten well and he seems very drunk after only one or two beers sometimes. He has nightmares where he will wake up screaming, he is clammy and sometimes sweats though his pjs, slurred speech, he forgets simple things like last night he asked me if I was going to have dinner after I just finished my meal in front of him. On rare occasions he stumbles and has to sit down because he is dizzy and sometimes is unusually aggressive ( this is not his personality at all!). I still think it is hypoglycemia any thoughts? Please help.
Boris on September 14, 2012:
I'm wondering lately if this is my problem. Whenever I have the tiniest amount of sugar, I slowly get an allergy-like reaction within the hour. But what's worse is, about 4-5 hours later I experience a huge crash.
I feel extremely poisoned. My legs and arms ache, and I feel my entire digestive tract tingle and then go extremely numb. I get a runny nose and I feel the nerves in my head twitching! My hands shake, and I lose focus as though I'm in a dream and can't really control my thoughts. I lose vision, especially in one eye, and I generally feel like I'm going to black out, but if I lie down, I have trouble breathing.
This will gradually go away over the next 2-3 days. It doesn't happen when I eat complex carbs, but any kind of simple carb will bring it on.
I've done random and fasting blood sugar tests and they were normal, so the doctor dismissed anything related to blood sugar. He thinks I'm crazy, at this point.
Could this be hypoglycemia? Diabetes?
If the former, then you'd expect that eating sugar would resolve it, but eating more sugar just makes me worse. And I doubt that I'm diabetic, or the fasting test
Could anyone please point me in the right direction? I've searched and searched and found nothing (I'm convinced it's not candida. I was treated for it just in case, a while ago, and I saw no improvement).
This has been destroying my life for over a year now. Is this hypoglycemia? I should point out that eating more sugar only makes me worse during an attack, not better.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on August 31, 2012:
Your new medication may be depleting your trivalent chromium. Check it out. Refined sugar depletes chromium that is why there is a need to supplement chromium from Brewer's yeast (not baker's yeast) for example. This Hub of Benjimester has a link to my Hub "How to counter hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)" you may get added information there.
pinkshoes99 on August 31, 2012:
I have also been dealing with hypoglycemia since I started randomly passing out at a young age, the doctors tested me for everything, and even wanted to put me on Xanax at age 11. Luckily, one day it happened in a parking lot and a nurse was there who got the bright idea to pull out her sugar meter and check my sugar and in 5 seconds she got the answer the doctors had spent 3 years and thousands of dollars in testing trying to find.
Now to my question. I have had it pretty much under control up until this point, but recently I had to start taking a new medication for a new health problem and it really seems to be affecting my sugar. It has been crashing it seems just about every hour. I have been sticking to a strict diet, eating protein bars (the heavy duty ones), drinking OJ for breakfast and even avoiding sugar ( other than that) altogether with no success. Does anyone have any other tips or tricks to help stop the constant crashing? I know the basics...more protein, more fiber, etc., but it doesn't seem to be helping anymore. Thanks!
conradofontanilla from Philippines on August 04, 2012:
There is an alternative method to glycemic index in handling diabetes type 2. I may write a Hub on it. It is interesting to see how it impacts on hypoglycemia.
Shawn on August 04, 2012:
I'm a new member of the hypo club as of a couple weeks now. My story is pretty much the same so I'll skip over it.
I'm eating every 2-3 hours now which is very inconvenient so I've started having 1/2 of a Bear Valley Pemmican Bar which really seems to keep me level and focused.
I've also discovered that I drink to much water (3-4 liters per day) which is flushing out the nutrients I need to maintain a steady glucose level. So I've backed that down to 2 liters and life is improving.
Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter on Whole Wheat also works me and I've switched over to Pepsi Next (60% less sugar) when I'm craving a soft drink.
The South Beach Diet website has a nice list of foods and their glycemic index rating and I've started using MyNetDiary.com for tracking my readings, meals and exercise.
Regarding my food selections... My avg. reading is mid 80s-90s and I monitor constantly (1-2 hours) so I can see the effect different foods have on me.
Also like to mention that Wal-mart sells the ReliOn brand meter and test strips which are significantly cheaper than other leading brands. I find its just as consistant as my OneTouchUltra meter.
healey99903 on July 21, 2012:
conradofontanilla from Philippines on July 21, 2012:
For healey99903. It appears that your case is not hypoglycemia. In my Hub "How to counter hypoglycemia," I have an entry:
"Specially for women
There are other disorders (kidney trouble, diabetes, heart disease, menopause, thyroid disease, those due to antibiotics, insulin, lithium, caffeine, and birth control pills) that mimic hypoglycemia."
healey99903 on July 21, 2012:
... sorry i didn't see a reply for my comment... does this come.from birthcontrol? (hormone changes)
conradofontanilla from Philippines on July 21, 2012:
Getting overweight is a consequence of frequent eating to compensate for lack of energy.
It is more likely to go hypoglycemic from being diabetic. Treatment of diabetes type 2 with drugs may result in excessive reduction of glucose that, in turn, results in hypoglycemia.
The normal sugar level is 80 to 100 mg/liter.
Shellyrx on July 21, 2012:
I have been monitoring my glucose and finding that my levels are low, sometimes in the 60's. I usually am prompted to test bc of feeling sweaty, shaky, anxious, and unable to concentrate. Today it happened and I felt horrible for the whole day. I'm going to start a food journal to look for correlations. I started out having a migrainevandvthingsvqent downhill from there. Could hypoglycemia be a precursor to diabetes? I am over weight and am just wondering. How do I get this under control??
healey99903 on July 14, 2012:
Will this start if i eat normal. but stop taking my birth control pills? (hormone changes) )
i get really dizzy, and start to have like the black out feeling, every time i stand up, and i am really shake... also.does it cause rapid weight loss?
conradofontanilla from Philippines on July 13, 2012:
It looks like you have some sort of insulin resistance, meaning a lot of insulin roaming around but glucose is not being stored in the form of glycogen. Now glucose is getting into your cells that is why you have more energy. Your pancreas is not overburdened to produce more insulin.
laurelmunz on July 13, 2012:
I want to give everyone the name of the supplement in case anyone else wants to try it. It's called Enzymatic Fatigued to Fantastic Energy Revitalization System. Even if you don't have Thyroid problems it's also good for anyone who wants/needs more energy. There's also a website enzy.com where you can get more information about it.
laurelmunz on July 13, 2012:
I thought I would let everyone now how things have been going with me. The testosterone hormone replacement has not done much for me. What has come to light is the fact that I have a malfunctioning thyroid. In my efforts to find a Doctor who would prescribe me a natural form of the hormone I stumbled across a vitamin powder specifically tailored for thyroid support. So far, it is working. I feel a little better each day. As for the hypoglycemic episodes, I have stopped eating all higher glycemic foods. I eat lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens, anything with a leaf and protein and that's about it. I have also very gradually weaned myself down to eating 4 times a day as opposed to the 8 0r 9 meals a day I was eating before. I'm trying to get the insulin down as insulin is a hormone and when one hormone is out of whack then they all are to a greater or lesser degree. I'm also trying to rest my pancreas which has really been cranking out the insulin overtime. It's working out pretty well. My body is finally calming down. I haven't had a hypoglycemic attack in 2 weeks and my energy has improved. I may still need thyroid hormones but I'm going to keep taking this supplement until it doesn't work anymore.
conradofontanilla on June 28, 2012:
Literature says the normal sugar level is 70 to 100 (it can go up to 110). A test on my sugar level with the finger tip pricking gadget showed 110. But I am hypoglycemic. i know the test for hypoglycemia is 6-hour glucose tolerance test. I diagnosed my hypoglycemia with the help of Dr. Betty Kamen's book, "The Chromium Connection." I manage my hypoglycemia with proper interval of meals, colored rice and more. You can read more posts of mine in this Hub of Benjimester or you can read my Hub "How to Counter Hyp0glycemia (High Blood Sugar)".
Brelaw on June 26, 2012:
Hello, I am 13 and my doctors have tested just about every major organ when I came to my pediatric doctor telling him that for about a year I had been getting very dizzy, shaky, and would suddenly break out in a sweat. I went to ears and throat doctors, eyes, heart, brain and no one could figure out was wrong. Later on in the year I went to see another doctor for opinions. She thought it could be hypoglycemia. I had asked her for my blood sugar tests and the first one I had showed 69. This doctor finally had given us answers. Turns out my family has a history of hypoglycemia but no diabetes. I was wondering do you think I could have hypoglycemia? I've been reading some comments here and some of them sound like what happens to me.
connie on June 24, 2012:
I am 46 and have suffered nearly all my life, the thing I have found to help me with the attacks is bread and a lot of butter on it. I have only fainted once, but I have noticed my systoms are getting worse, my legs and hand shake uncontrolable is this normal?
Amber4381 on June 20, 2012:
I am not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but I thought I would share in order to get everyone's view on it. I have been diagnosed as hypoglocemic and when I try to adhere to a more strict exercise routine, I end up gaining weight instead of losing weight, even if I watch what I eat and try to refuel after workouts. I have tried several different things as far as working out and no matter what I try, whether it be working out with a personal trainer, running, doing the Insanity Program, etc., I always end up gaining weight.
Ashtin87 on June 19, 2012:
For starters, I'm a 25 year old female with two toddlers. I was told when I was 15 I had hypoglycemia and was told to eat as much carbohydrates as I can handle and to always carry hard candy with me. He also to drink 1-2 sodas a day, plenty of juice, and drink plenty of water to keep my system balanced. That had worked for years till I was 21 and pregnant with my first. When the doctor had me do a glucose test, they did a four hour one first. I did as they told me and after I drank the stuff, I felt better than I had in years. While I was ready to climb mountains, they wanted me to stay still and were ready to send me to the E.R. After drinking five bottles of water, I felt sick and almost fell asleep standing. They told me that my sugar went from really low to really high and they were worried I would have a seizure. When I told them how I had felt, they had me do a two hour test a week later. That test didn't worry them like the first, but they had me cut my sugar intake by half. Once my eldest was born, I picked up my old diet and my problems went away for awhile. When I got pregnant with my second, the midwife had me do a four hour test and had the same results as the first four hour test. She just took my blood pressure more often and checked my sons heart rate. Once my levels were in a "safer" range, she told me that had I not been hypoglycemic that I would be in some discomfort. But since my levels started in the double digits ( 60-65) that everything balanced out once my body adapted. She said that since I also had a high metabolism that the high levels would not last too long. Now it's one year later and I'm still on my diet ( but my sugar crashes worse when I wake up than when I was younger) with more simple carbohydrates at the start of my day than I used to.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on May 27, 2012:
Coffee triggers a sudden fall in blood sugar that may be a hypoglycemic episode. Too much glucose brings on sudden fluctuation of blood sugar level that promotes either diabetes of hypoglycemia. The long term aim in hypoglycemia is to stabilize sugar level. Fructose as sweetener, honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar are better than glucose because they do not get to the blood stream so fast. They must be converted to glucose first.
Beth on May 25, 2012:
So glad I found this page. I've dealt with the shaky nervous spells from not eating since I was in 7th grade (I'm now 26). In 7th grade, lunch wasn't until about 1 pm and after eating breakfast around 7 am every morning I just couldn't make it that long without a snack. My mom took me to the doctor and he diagnosed it as a "big growth spurt" and gave me a special note allowing me to have a snack in class when I felt hungry. 14 years later I still deal with these spells on a regular basis. I haven't noticed any specific foods that seem to bring it on, but whenever I have coffee I am much more likely to have a shaky spell. My own theory is that the caffeine speeds up my metabolism and I use up all the sugar from breakfast much faster. I've learned to carry around granola bars in my purse so that I won't pass out. I now work in a pharmacy and have discovered the glucose tablets, so I hope to try those as well. For me the best way to regulate is just to eat often and carry snacks. Thanks for all the advice everyone - it's good to know I'm not alone and not crazy!
Carmela on May 24, 2012:
At 26, I remember the last day I ate an ice cream sundae for lunch.. by 4:00pm I was shaking and crawling to the vending machine for reese cups. So I learned. But now at 34 something awful has changed - has to be hormone imbalance as since I quit birth control pills, that I had taken for 17 years.. 6 months later still having these new epic type of reactive hypoglycemic attacks. I miss desserts, but the nightmares and shaking attacks jumping awake cold sweating in my sleep are not worth it. I had chinese last night with no rice and I slept great thru the night. Part of the problem is that I took the YAZ pill for the final few months before quitting.. and I had panic and anxiety from that medication. I read somewhere that anxiety can release too much adrenaline using up the sugar in my body more rapidly.
Dorislynn on May 16, 2012:
Just a comment after reading some of the post . With hypoglycemia it does not ever feel good to drink anything without having food with protien in it , even water . A stomach full of liquid with no protien will cause a very sick feeling . We just have to realize the food and drinks need to be spread out in small amounts all through out the day to stay even . Once you begin to feel normal again I think it's easier to stay on track and not cause the spiking and dropping feelings. I don't really eat because I'm hungry , I eat to not feel sick . Preventative measures are better than trying to recover from the sugar drop after it happens. Your information is very helpful .
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 10, 2012:
Hey Lora, it's good that you're experimenting with different foods and eating habits to see what works and what doesn't. With a lot of people, hypoglycemia is like an event, where it either happens or it doesn't. It sounds like this is the case with you. Basically, what happens a lot of the time is that when a mild episode begins to come on, a chain reaction follows because a person gets scared and stress chemicals can get released into the blood stream that cause the situation to get bad fast. It can take awhile to fully recover from a hypoglycemic episode like that, even a few days.
If I were you, I'd just keep experimenting with different high density foods and different eating habits. I'd think about starting with a nice balanced breakfast instead of coffee with cream and sugar. That can make a huge difference. Since you're trying to stop your hypoglycemia before it gets too terrible, hopefully you'll be able to completely overcome it through good dieting.
hiren on May 10, 2012:
hey bensimester i just want to know how can we stpo sugar
Lora5900 on May 09, 2012:
I also have this condition, although I have not been diagnosed .. All my lab tests are normal. I'm confused that it comes and goes. It lasts for two weeks then gone for two months and I can eat anything I want. Now it's been everyday for a month.. The worst episode was having coffee with sugar free sweetener and flavor in it on empty stomach . I only drank half and thought I was dying.. Sweaty , shaky, headache , anxiety , hot , cold you name it. The rest of the day was ruined . I could never feel balanced. What I have figured out over the last two days is a mix of fat and protien and whole grain works the best. Oh and fiber. After reading this site, I took advice to have snack before bed. I hate celery with low glycemic peanut butter. With small milk. I woke up 5 hrs later cold ,scared with headache. What did I do wrong? I got up drank water almost threw up , got whole grain toast with double fiber cheese and butter, drank whole water bottle and took my multi vit about 40 mins later I felt great.. I hate this so much.. I need to lose weight , but need to eat every two hours, will it ever balance out?
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 07, 2012:
Thanks! It's always really nice to have doctors and medical professionals stop by. Thanks for taking the time to read the article and the comments.
dr stephen chan from U.S.A on May 05, 2012:
Very informative article, and excellent comments from readers as well. I think my favorite part of the article was when you got quite technical, saying:"hypoglycemia just makes you feel nasty!" Well put!
All you with diabetes might want to look at a product called: Melabic
Cheers and good day.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 03, 2012:
Mr John, I hope so too. Eating a healthier diet is definitely the best thing you can do for type 2 diabetes. Most of the people that I've researched believe that a major contributing factor to type 2 diabetes is an unhealthy ratio between Omega 3 fats and Omega 6 fats. Unhealthy diets have way more Omega 6s in them than Omega 3s, and as a result, the cell membranes of our bodies don't get formed with the proper fats, and become brittle, unable to accept certain compounds like insulin as easily. Changing your diet and eating healthier can slowly help to reverse the cellular malnutrition. I definitely encourage you to look into that further. It's really interesting research.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 03, 2012:
Hey Shawn, I suppose it's possible. I've not heard of that before, but a lot of changes happen during puberty, so I can definitely see how it could contribute to hypoglycemia. I wouldn't think that it's the whole cause of your hypoglycemia, but probably more of a contributing factor. If you're like most teenagers I know, you've probably been feeding your body a steady diet of fast food and energy drinks, which definitely can be a huge contributing factor in the development of hypoglycemia. If I were you, I'd try and make sure I was eating a healthy diet. Hopefully, that will curb the hypoglycemia before it ever flares up.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on May 03, 2012:
Sorry Anne, I didn't mean to take so long to reply to your comment. Yeah, I definitely think it's better to stay with denser foods like protein. They keep your blood sugar stable for longer. Even in controlled portions, carbs can cause chain reactions that bring about hypoglycemic episodes. Every person's body is different. It's really cool that you stay in tune with your body and know how foods are affecting you so you can keep the attacks at bay.
MrJohn83$3 on May 03, 2012:
December 2011, I was told I was diabetic, weighed 306 I believe. as of now, I've dropped down to a little over 270 under 275. Now I have issues with sugar levels dropping suddenly more often. Its not a great feeling. I am going for a check up/physical to do blood work and other tests. Hope to find out what's leading to this. I do think its the major change in my diet that helped andd that can help reverse type 2 diabetes.
Shawn on May 01, 2012:
Hey im 14 and ive been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, is it possible that my hypoglycemia could be because of puberty, and if so does it go away after puberty
Anne on April 27, 2012:
I've been getting hypoglycemic episodes more frequently for the past 4 years (i'm 20 now). At first I was concerned about diabetes but no other symptoms are present and my blood sugar is always fine when I get tested. What I've noticed recently is that if I have a carb-heavy meal, the next time I get hungry I have an episode. However, the last week or so I've had next to no carbs (not on purpose, it just turned out that way) and I haven't had an episode at all. I'm just a bit confused because people seem to be recommended eating regular controlled portions of carbs but I've been eating none and feeling better than ever... is that just the way it is for me or am I experiencing something different to reactive hypoglycemia?
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 27, 2012:
Sheryl, thanks so much for your comments. That's really cool to hear that your chiropractor was helpful in diagnosing your hypoglycemia. That's another great resource for people. I can see how a chiropractor might be a little bit more in tune with that sort of thing. Thanks for sharing that tip!
It's really cool that you've learned to control your hypoglycemia with the right foods and eating habits. That's really the key. That's why I encourage everyone to keep a food journal, to learn how to interpret what their body is telling them and to try and create a system of eating that keeps the symptoms at bay. You definitely can't control it 100% of the time, but most people can live pretty symptom free with the right foods and eating habits.
sheryldl on April 26, 2012:
I too have had hypoglycemia since 1st grade. I am now 49.Back then I thought it was normal. Then I realized in 5th or 6th grade that if instead of eating a PB and J sandwich for lunch, I ate a sandwich containing meat, my symptoms of shaking did not occur. It wasn't until later in High School that I first heard the term "hypoglycemia". It was then that I realized what had been going on in my body for years.
I also recently have noticed that it is also exercise induced. My best foods to eat are proteins and the foods to avoid are sugars and starches.
I try to eat right before exercising and if I feel shaky, I eat something after. The harder I exercise, the worse the shaking is.
You would think with this much experience with this, I would learn to eat right everyday, but then I get busy and ignore what my body is telling me it needs.By that time, I'm shaking so hard I will eat anything I can get my hands on just to stop the miserable feeling of low blood sugar. If I wait too long, I will have a severe headache that will last about 24 hours, and nothing will relieve the pain. This is a very real problem and those who have never had their blood sugar plummit cannot understand what it feels like. My family thinks I am nuts stuffing something into my mouth to relieve my symptoms, but those of you who have this illness know how desparate one feels at that point.
I do try to keep myself on a regular diet to avoid these attacks. I know that if I don't eat when I need to, I will be cold and can't warm up until I eat. I also have terrible nights sweats, but have always blamed them on hot flashes. I will be watching this more closely after reading the posts from others on this site.
I finally feel like I'm not alone with this condition. I never realized there were so many others out there who are coping with this.
I have also been advised that I am much more likely to develop diabetes than the average person because of this.
Also as alot of you have listed, Doctors are not very sensitive about this condition, however, I got the most help from my chiropractor who ran a series of blood tests and spit tests that revealed the imbalances in my blood sugar levels. (He feels I am pre-diabetic and has put me on a regimen to lose weight and control my blood sugar levels.) When I follow this diet, I feel much better. The diet is produced by a company called Mona Vie, and can be accessed as such on the web.
There is help out there but you have to be diligent, and not let the Drs. convince you that this is all in your head. Just remember to pay attention to what your body is telling you when your symptoms start. They will not go away if you try to ignore them, they will just get worse. If your medical doctors won't help you, find a good chiropractor who is more interested in healing you than pushing medications on you. The tests my chiro did on me revealed alot more about me than any of the tests that I had in a hospital. He also told me that by the time those tests revealed a problem, it is too late because your body has already suffered damage.(i.e. diabetes) Chiros are trained todo alot more now than just adjust your back.
Hope this helps my fellow hypoglycemics.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 26, 2012:
Hey guys. Thanks very much Conrad for all you do on this thread.
Kristen, I agree and share your frustration with foods. Almost everything we eat has unnatural additives and fillers. It's so difficult to find anything that's not heavily processed and full of unnatural elements. That's good that all of your tests came back 100% normal, but difficult in that the problem must lie elsewhere.
Since you know that your problem is food related, it's smart that you try and eat a diet of completely natural foods. Some bodies are more sensitive to unnatural additives than others, and usually react by boosting the body's inflammatory response, which can cause huge problems like autoimmune disorders and the like. Even the water we drink is often loaded with artificial compounds. Some bottled waters have hundreds of trace compounds in them that aren't supposed to be there. The body can react against such a huge amount of foreign substances in its environment. All that to say, I encourage you to go as natural as possible.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on April 25, 2012:
Amylodextrin is seldom found in literature, unlike amylopectin. Labels may include amylopectin but not amylodextrin. Dr. Bienvenido Juliano, a Filipino National Scientist for Biochemistry has done research on this to find substitute for mayonnaise that contains fatty acids. I am glad if I could be of help. "Most starches contain both amylose and amylopectin within the granule" (Paul, P. C. and H.H. Palmer. editors. "Starch and Other Polysacchararides." Food Theory and Applications. 1972:162)." [This book is already thick but its index does not have an entry of amylodextrin, only amylopectin.] That's for amylopectin; I am afraid that is also true for amylodextrin. I read, to extract amylodextrin soak the rice for about 24 hours and boil then...(my memory fails me now).
conradofontanilla from Philippines on April 25, 2012:
Amylodextrin is seldom found in literature, unlike amylopectin. Labels may include amylopectin but not amylodextrin. Dr. Bienvenido Juliano, a Filipino National Scientist for Biochemistry has done research on this to find substitute for mayonnaise that contains fatty acids. I am glad if I could be of help.
"Most starches contain both amylose and amylopectin within the granule" (Paul, P. C. and H.H. Palmer. editors. "Starch and Other Polysacchararides." Food Theory and Applications. 1972:162)." [This book is already thick but its index does not have an entry of amylodextrin, only amylopectin.] That's for amylopectin; I am afraid that is also true for amylodextrin. I read, to extract amylodextrin soak the rice for about 24 hours and boil then...(my memory fails me now).
KristinBarlow on April 25, 2012:
Conrad, it is very interesting that you bring this up today about the rice. I recently did a Fructose Intolerance Test and for 24 hours before the test, I was told to eat only white bread, white rice, and eggs or boiled chicken. By lunchtime during that day, I had an excrcuating headache and was extremely fatigued. My headache got worse throughout the day and I became extremely nauseas. I got home from work around 7:30pm and went straight to bed. Other than the extreme fatigue, my symptoms were all new as I don't generally get headaches or nausea. I initially thought it was a caffiene headache, however, just today, I went on a full juice cleanse to try to help me feel better. I expected to get a headache again from no caffiene but, other than being a bit tired, I feel fine. It made me think that the bread and/or rice was probably what affected me so terribly. With your comments above, that makes total sense. It is so great to finally be getting some clarity as to what is making me feel so terrible all the time. I am going to add amylodextrin to my list of dangerous ingredients! Thank you.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on April 25, 2012:
Amylodextrin is the name of the component of rice, I remember it now. However, I haven't located the publication that tells how to separate it from rice. Amylodextrin can be a substitute for mayonnaise as sandwich spread so that you can avoid the fats from eggs.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on April 24, 2012:
You my find in literature that rice has dextrin. There is a process that removes it from rice that all that is left is starch. Just you wait I will try to locate the publication where I read it.
KristinBarlow on April 24, 2012:
I have not been diagnosed with anything concrete but my research has brought me to the possibility that I may have hypoglycemia. I have definitely had my share of hypoglycemic episodes, the first one being 12 years ago when I was pregnant. These very infrequent episodes consisted of shakiness, profuse sweating, and extreme fatigue that would come on rapidly. I realized quickly that if I ate a sugary cereal in the morning and nothing else for a few hours, I could count on having an episode. While these episodes would come on quickly, it was very easy for me to recognize the symptoms and grab a juice or something to eat to bring my blood sugar up. Recently, I have been getting these symptoms every day that I do not eat something every 1-2 hours. Although the increased frequency has brought me to believe I may be hypoglycemic, these symptoms are not the ones I am worried about. If only my other symptoms were as easily corrected as the hypoglycemic symptoms!
I need to back up a bit and give a brief history of my situation. During my 30's, I became a health and fitness nut. I learned nutrition and lost 30 lbs and began doing triathlons. The year I turned 40, I trained for and completed a marathon, along with an Olympic Distance as well as a Sprint Distance Triathlon. I felt amazing. Shortly after I turned 41, 8 months ago, I think my warranty ran out. I woke up one morning with an extremely sharp pain in my upper stomach that would come in waves. After the pain in my stomach went away, I began to have a myriad of serious problems. Sharp pain in chest, sharp pain in left shoulder blade, pain radiating down the back of my left arm, numbness, tingling, weakness, and shakiness on the entire left side of my body, frequent urination, bloated after eating, fibromyalgia across my upper back, extreme fatigue and weakness, constant pain in my back just beneath my right ribcage that would sometimes radiate around my right side and down into my lower abdomen, mental confusion so bad that I could not recall words so speaking would become almost impossible, shortness of breath so bad even speaking a full sentence without taking a breath was impossible, as well as heart palpitations so bad it would push my breath out. Many of my symptoms would be worse when I would fall asleep. I would get night sweats, extreme racing heart if woken up or even if I would simply roll over, and night jumps (entire body jerking). I have had EKG's, ECG's, 21-Day Holter Monitor, stress tests, multiple blood tests, full abdominal ultrasounds, peri-menopause tests, thyroid and pituitary tests, a brain MRI, food allergy tests, Celiac tests, and the most recent was a fructose intolerance test. Every test has come back as 100% normal. The cardiologist was actually very impressed on how strong my heart is. So while I was given a clean bill of health from the cardiologist who assured me I was not going to die of a heart attack, I became angry, frustrated, and depressed because I could not live this way.
Through a lot of research and trial and error, I realized that my symptoms were definitely food related. I have determined that if I eat anything that contains maltodextrin, dextrose, modified food starch, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, and gums (xantham, guar, etc.), my symptoms come on strong within 1-2 hours of eating. If I stay away from food containing these additives, I am 100% myself again (unless I go hours without eating - then I will get the hypoglycemic shakes and sweats). The strange thing is that real cane sugar, processed or crystals, does not affect me adversely. With this new revelation, I decided to try to see a GI doctor as I figured there may be an issue with how I am metabolizing these ingredients. The GI doc actually diagnosed me with IBS and gave me a drug for spastic colon. After taking this new drug 4 times a day for 3 weeks, my symptoms started coming back and were getting steadily worse every day. In researching the drug, I realized that many drugs, including the particular one I was on, are compounded using maltodextrin! The very thing that makes me sick.
Needless to say, I have given up on Dr.'s and I have turned to posts like these to see if there is anyone else out there who may be experiencing the same symptoms as me. Also, could these extreme symptoms be related to hypoglycemia as well?
This is very frustrating because almost every food item sold in the store or at a restaurant contains these food ingredients. I do my best to eat homemade, non-process, non-pre-packaged, freshly grown foods, but sometimes it is impossible. I am interested in trying the magnesium as well as other vitamin supplements mentioned on this site to see if this will help. I really need some answers because these debilitating symptoms are making it almost impossible to function daily. I may be alive but I am definitely not living.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 23, 2012:
Hey Kelley, that's odd that your hypoglycemia only seems to flare up every couple of months. I wonder what's triggering it. That's good that you had your thyroid checked as well, as hypoglycemia and hypothyroidism often go hand in hand. It does sound like there might be something else going on as well, beyond just simple hypoglycemia, since it only strikes every few months, and I've not heard of hypoglycemia affecting libido before.
One thing I have learned about hypoglycemia is that it's really important to start the day off well with a nutrient dense breakfast. If you start the day off poorly, it's almost impossible to recover. The only reason I say that is because the breakfast you described might not be the best. White toast, cereal, and orange juice might cause a hypoglycemic episode because they're high in carbs. Eggs are really good in the morning, if you like those.
The one thing I always tell everyone is that it's really helpful to keep a food journal. Since you're not sure what's causing your hypoglycemic episodes, whether it's random or being triggered by certain habits, you can start to write down what makes you feel good and what makes you feel poorly.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 23, 2012:
Hey Ashley. That can't be very much fun. Hallucinations are a pretty extreme symptom. The only thing that will probably be helpful for you to try will be keeping a food journal. If you write down the foods you eat and your eating habits(how often you eat and at what times), you might be able to find foods and a system that allows you to keep your blood sugar more stable. Over time, you can start to weed out foods that cause negative symptoms, and keep hold of healthy habits. It takes awhile, but some people can almost eliminate their hypoglycemic symptoms just with what they eat and when. I encourage you to read through the comments the other people have left. They have some really good tips.
Kelly on April 23, 2012:
Hi, Im a 28 year old nurse from the UK. Im glad I found this site as its provided lots of information to me! Im normally fit and health with no medical problems. Im slightly overweight & really struggle to loose weight(5ft6 - 85kg)My usual diet is low fat, I usually eat quite well, lots of fruit & veg, 3 meals a day with snaks, no sugary drinks & only chocolate and sweets things now & again. At the end of last year I had 3 episodes in a week while I was at work when I felt unwell, shaky, hot & unable to concentrate. Fortunately I was able to check my blood sugar (which I seemed to instinctively know was low!)over the 3 occasions it was 1.9-3.3 mmls. I had eaten normally on all of the days - not skipped any meals. I had some orange juice & biscuits to bring my BS up. At around the same time, I began to experience palpitations and tachycardia. This scared me, so I went to the Drs and explained. He did blood tests & ordered an ECG for my next visit to him, in a week. A few days later I had to return to the Drs as I had developed a very nasty & painful throat infection, which I was given antibiotics for. I returned for my ECG & Dr said All blood tests including fasting blood sugar & thyroid function test were normal. ECG showed I had extra heart beat but this is also normal, he said healthy young ppl sometime get palpitations & low BS for no reason but so long as its not a regular occurrence its fine. He suggested that the throat infection had flared up my heart. All he suggested was giving up caffeine, which I did. It all settled.
I have had no problems since, untill a week last sat. On Sat I began to get palpitations & tachycardia again which resolved its self by around Wed night. By Fri I felt fine again. Sunday i was at work, before I left at 6.30 am I had 2 slices of white toast, at work I had another slice of brown toast, I had a small bowel of cereal at around 11am with an orange. Just before 2pm I stared to feel funny again, checked my BS it was 4mmls. I went to lunch and had a drink of orange, 3 biscuits, bowel of soup & pack of crips, by 4.15 I felt bad again, checked my BS it was 3.3 mmls. Im a nurse & know this is not normal. Im unsure if the low BS & palpitations are related, so thought id have a look online & found this thread, while reading through posts iv identified with other symptoms, such as fatigue, occasional headaches, irritability, the 'need' to go to bed late at night. I also now have a non existent libido, which I cant explain. Would it be possible for me to be hypoglycemic and only have it happen every few months? Im thinking of going back to the drs but as it happens so infrequently, its hard for the Drs to detect anything....with low BS and the heart. My partner thinks Im being over dramatic too. Sorry for my long, babbling post -Im not really sure what to do.
Ashley on April 19, 2012:
Hi. My name is Ashley. I was diagnosed with mild reactive hypoglycemia last Aug. I was sent to a nutritionist who gave some info on reactive hypoglycemia, and sent me on my way. A few months later I found myself back in the doctors office. Because I was shaking constantly and my levels were consistently in the low 70's and low 80's and never reach 100. Was sent back to the nutritionist and sent on my way. A few months later I was back in the doctors office because I was experiencing night sweats and horrendous nightmares and I would wake up and be hilucinating. My roommate would tell me it would be about 3am and I would wake her up. Because there were ghosts in my room. She said I'd be like that for close to an hour before I'd snap out of it. One night she was able to check my sugar levels and I was at 145 which for me was high, and after I came too I checked it and I was at 74. My doctor diagnosed me with Nighttime Hypoglycemia ontop of my Reactive Hypoglycemia. He put me on 15 mg of Actos. I've been on it now for almost 2months. My sugar levels are now erratic. I'll be at 122 and an hour later be at 79. Not sure if the medicine is causing that or not. But, I feel icky a lot of the time. I'll get really hot for a little bit and sweaty, then shortly after I'll be freezing. Not sure if anyone here has any advise or has dealt with this too.... Thank you
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 19, 2012:
Agreed. Sugar without protein is bad for me too. Luckily for me, I love protein :) I don't ever really eat sweets anymore. Bananas seem to be a good snack for most people to prevent full blown attacks. That's weird that you had that reaction. Maybe if you only take a bite or two of the banana, or a sip or two of the orange juice, that would be enough.
Doris lynn on April 18, 2012:
This information is still so interesting to me . Just a few comments about some of the things people use to help get through their episodes of hypoglycemia . The thought of drinking orange juice brings on mouth watering stomach churning nausea because of past experience I had after drinking orange juice . Eating a banana is one of the worst hypoglycemic reactions I ever have , the shaky ,sweaty , weak kneed feeling from eating sugar . Sugar eaten any time without protien takes me all day to recover from the effect . All this reading is making me realize staying level is important , the spiking and dropping can't be good for us long term .
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 18, 2012:
Hmm, that's pretty strange. Before you pass out, do you experience other symptoms too -- things like dizziness, anxiety, irritability? Fainting is usually a more rare and extreme symptom of hypoglycemia. People only usually faint from really bad attacks. Alcohol can definitely heighten the symptoms of a hypoglycemic attack, but from what you're describing, it sounds like you might also have something else going on too. But I'm not sure what. If you don't have alcohol, do you still ever experience hypoglycemic symptoms?
I-a-n-B on April 17, 2012:
Here's something for you to think about.....
If I drink too much at night, the chances are I will pass the following morning, but, just yesterday I passed out/fainted at 6.30 pm after only half a pint of lager. Specifics of the day: not feeling brilliant all day, dodgy stomach (possible bug). While driving home from the local pub, had to pull over because I thought I was going to be sick, however, after getting out of the car for fresh air (and to be sick outside of it) I awoke some minutes later on the floor and was promptly sick. Today, I have not felt great and avoided food as I believed it to be the onset of a sickness bug, tried a small sandwich at lunchtime and managed to keep it down. Stomach feels weak as if pulled and head feels like it has trains running through it. What do you think?
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 17, 2012:
Yeah, it very well could be hypoglycemia. Keep track of it and if it gets any worse, stop back by here and see what you can do to help control it.
At on April 16, 2012:
Hi i am wondering the same every now and then I feel weird I can't concentrate really I'm tired but I eat a bananna after a little while I feel fine it comes and goes! Just curious
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 16, 2012:
Brent, yeah it sounds like you may have a mild case of hypoglycemia on your hands. It sounds like your body doesn't like candy. If it were me, I'd cut it out of my diet. But it's up to you.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 16, 2012:
Doris, I agree. In some ways, hypoglycemia can even be somewhat helpful. It makes you cut out junk like soda and sweets from your diet and be more intentional with what you eat.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 16, 2012:
Hey guys. Tim, it's very possible that you might have hypoglycemia. Have you considered taking magnesium supplements? They're pretty great for dealing with anxiety and helping you relax and sleep well at night. I have a great one linked to in the article above.
Brent on April 15, 2012:
I only get the shakes and sweats rarely, and only after eating candy, which I am assuming has more concentrated sugar. I've never had the problem after eating cake or cookies, regardless of the size or how many. I don't normally feel hungry during an episode, and as a child believed it was due to eating very little for breakfast. Although, as a child it would come on for no apparent reason just during long periods of running around. It has never happened to me after eating any other foods or drinking alcohol. I just ate some chocolate covered caramels about an hour ago and the sweats and shakes set in after taking a short walk, which I am assuming spead up the release of digested sugar in my system. It tood approximately 20 minutes for the condition to subside.
Doris Lynn on April 11, 2012:
The responses from all the young people really bothered me . There's not really a cure for this and until someone figures out they have hypoglycemia I understand that they are wondering what in the world is wrong . I love eggs and feel so good after I eat them . As I got older it has become more important for me to eat right . All I have to do is remember the nauseating feeling from drinks, sweets , and high calorie meals to change what I'm eating and how often I eat . Most people eat because they feel hungry , I eat to not feel weak and sick . But it is manageable , just always have some protein close . I can't give my grandchildren sweets without a protein snack to go with it because I'm so afraid one of them may have this . Thanks so much for the information in all these posts.
tim on April 11, 2012:
hey to all i been struggling with habe weakness lack of energy for the past yr. all i want to do is lay and sit around the house ive had the night jolts before that wakws me up at nite its like ive been shocked by some electricity ive also been having attacks cold sweats tingling in my grown area and legs and feet i get shakey and start to panic feels like i cant breathe. i also feel faint sometimes i also have been irritable alot and feel angry sad and depressed im 31 6'5 286 ibs.ive read everyones post and im starting to wonder if im hypo.Dr just tells me im having anxeity attacks but i just dont feel right.any suggestons.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 10, 2012:
Patty, that sounds pretty rough. I'm sorry you have to deal with all of that. Do you know the specific nature of your autoimmune attacks? Getting that worked out if possible sounds to me like the most important thing. I can see your frustration. Not eating can be easier sometimes, but is definitely bad if you're also dealing with hypoglycemia. I know that a lot of people really like the book The Do's and Don'ts of Hypoglycemia because it covers a wide range of issues all relating to hypoglycemia. Having a whole book with foods and recipes is probably the best thing for you I would think.
Also, you might want to do some research into anti inflammatory diets. I really put a lot of stock in them for helping to stop autoimmune issues. Because of how many artificial chemicals there are in foods -- dyes, preservatives, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, etc, the body will often times begin an over production of pro-inflammatory compounds as a protective measure because it doesn't understand how or why so many non-foods are making their way into our bodies. An over abundance of pro-inflammatory compounds will often lead to allergies and autoimmune disorders. There's a lot of really good research and writing out there about that. I hope that helps somewhat. Hang in there. I'll be praying for you.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 10, 2012:
Doris, I'm the same way. I gave up soda a very long time ago. It just isn't worth the negative side effects and like you said, eating healthy is pretty simple. It doesn't take too much effort. Cheese sticks and hard boiled eggs are the best snacks for me. I could eat eggs all day long. Thanks for stopping by!
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 10, 2012:
Hey guys! Thanks so much for sharing all your stories. It's so awesome to have so many different perspectives.
Laurel -- I totally understand what you mean about the shakes being horrible. The problem is is that once you have a really bad episode, the next time you start feeling one coming on, the fear of how bad it might be can cause what might have otherwise been just a minor attack to escalate into a full blown panic attack. Because of the fear of an attack, the body can release a large burst of adrenaline into the system, which is the worst thing that can happen at the onset of a hypoglycemic attack. It's a really vicious cycle. That's really cool that you're so on top of your hormone levels. That should help a lot. Thanks very much for sharing your story and for taking the time to read through everyone elses experiences.
Doris lynn on April 09, 2012:
Insert have between I and never . Lol
Patty on April 09, 2012:
I have hypogylcemia, ulsrative colits and thyroiditis with nodule's on my thyroid and an inflamed small intestine, and I am a celiac and my galbladder has been removed. My problems are caused by autoamune problems. I am taking meds and supplements but I am very frustrated. I know I am suppose to eat every 2 to 2 and a half hours but what can I eat? I know I can't have anything with wheat, corn,rye, barley,oats, spelt, peanuts, pasta, soy, no fruit juices, sugar (simple garbs) and dairy. I am exausted and I can't think of what to eat, so I don't (not good for hypoglycemia) and of course that makes everything worse and just grabbing something sweet to get rid of they horrible hypoglycemic symptoms is a no no too. I am angry, irratable and exausted. Any help suggestions to help me figure out what to eat and any recipes that are easy and healthy would be of great help as well. I know its a lot to ask but I really need help.
Dorislynn on April 09, 2012:
It is nice to read from people who describe the same symptoms that I have with hypoglycemia .
What works for me is low calorie high protein foods about every 3 hrs. Keeping the sinking feeling from coming on is best but if I start to feel the nausea, light-headed, sweatiness protein always helps . I can enjoy sweets and fruit in small amounts if I have them along with protein.
I can't have sugary drinks at all , it just isn't worth the effect it has on me. I limit breads and pastas being I seem to crash after a meal loaded with these. . When I was little I believed something about being outside made me sick . Years later after figuring out I was extremely hypoglycemic I knew it was my diet of ice cream , cookies , and cool-aid at picnics.
I would love to know a cure for this but on the other hand eating healthy is pretty simple
medicine. I never seen a dr about the symptoms , reading material has provided the answers I needed to manage this . My advice is to always keep a protein snack close at hand , day and night . If you know you're going to enjoy dessert or a sugary drink have it with a protein snack . My most enjoyable days are the days when I eat right and have an even energy level . It is horrible to live with that crashing feeling off and on all day . It's hard physically and mentally .
laurelmunz on April 08, 2012:
Wow! I finally got done reading everyone else's posts and finally get to tell my story.Let me start off by saying I never do this. I have been invited to join other online communities for this, that and the other but have never felt compelled until now.I have considered online communities to be kind of silly and just not pertinent or relevant. But I certainly don't think this one is silly and boy and I glad you are here, all of you who have posted. I have been busy taking notes on recommended books, supplements and diet recommendations. I am 42. Healthy as a horse my whole life. Proudly self-sufficient and I took it for granted. Ate crappy my whole childhood up until I had my first child. Had gestational diabetes at that time. It took three miscarriages after that for me to figure out that I needed to change my eating and so I did. Had three more children after that with no incidence of gestational diabetes. I was following and "old school" nutrition book written back in the 2950's by Adelle Davis called Lets have healthy children. Things have been pretty normal up until 1 year ago.I had been told about a year ago that I am in the hypoglycemic range but no more was said about it and I just kind of ignored it. All my life for as far back as I can remember I always became irritable when hungry but thought everyone was that way. I certainly didn't think that I was abnormal. That was me, it's just the way I was. Also about a year ago my husband who is 60 started to visit a Cenegenics Clinic for anti-aging hormone replacement therapy. I accompanied my husband and was hearing about how fit he was going to be and how much better his sex life was going be. I became concerned that I possibly would not be able to keep up with him. What with my own lagging libido and voluptuous curves. So I asked to be advised by this doctor as well. I had my blood work sent to him and he advised me to start taking a testosterone cream which I did.I never did notice a difference in my energy levels or my strength. My husband suffered a spasming muscle in his hamstring that just would relax about six months into the testosterone cream and he went to see a special chiropractor called a Kinisiologist who specializes in muscle testing who advised him to come off his testosterone injections because imbalanced hormones could be handled naturally. Well I stopped taking my cream as well thinking we were going to follow this doctors advice. Well about 2 weeks after I had stopped taking my cream is when the rug got pulled out from under me, I have never had a stronger reaction than grumpiness as a result of low blood sugar in the past so this totally threw me for a loop. I started while I was at work. I got light headed, kind of dizzy feeling and my breathing became difficult. I worked with my husband at his dental office and he had oxygen there so I had him hook me up. I felt better with the oxygen but as soon as I took the mask of the symptoms returned. Next it happened while I was driving and it scared me so bad that I pulled over and called 911. At the hospital they did all kinds of tests that came back saying I was still healthy as a horse. Not long after I took a second trip to the ER with the same result my husband got and advertisement about a personal trainer. I didn't feel much like exercising but was willing to try it. We went and I told the gentleman the symptoms I was having and it said it sounded like high cortisol and that resistance training was just the thing. Well I certainly gave it a good try and hung in there for a couple months but in the end it was too upsetting for me because I would have these low glycemic attacks right after my workout. I was trying all kinds of food variations and amounts. I even went vegetarian for a day to see if that would improve things. Boy was that a mistake, that was the worst episode so far and that's what finally drove me from the gym. So many of the other symptoms that have been described by other sufferers are similar to mine. The shakes are extremely scary and during or right after I will get this feeling that makes me feel like I'm dying. It feels like my body is reaching for something that just isn't there and because it's not there my body is dying. This feeling will eventually pass but when it's happening it's the worst feeling ever. And after I finally do recover I can just cry and cry out of fear and frustration. My heart goes out to the woman above who said if cutting off her arm would make this go away she would do it because I agree. I get the sweats, my heart races when I'm not doing anything, my speach gets slurred and it's difficult to think, my hands and feet get extremely cold and on once incidence actually had both my hands and both my feet with pins and needles like they were falling asleep. Talk about scary. I can sleep up to three times a day and still sleep during the night but never all night long. I always wake up at least once maybe more to eat. I try to sleep through the night but cannot fall back asleep until after my stomach is full and when I do wakeup it's like the woman above describes feeling a jolt. I have tried accupuncture and that works temporarily. Chiropractors also give relief but again it's temporary. I've seen 2 endocrinologists who gave me NO relief whatsoever. Said it was panic attacks and that I need to manage my stress better. What they don't understand is that I have no other stress in my life at this time other than these attacks. I don't work right now because I can't in fact I don't do anything right now because I don't have the energy. I can't even do light housework because it will send me into one of these episodes. Sometimes breathing even seems too much of a chore which also scares the bejesus out of me. As if the attacks themselves aren't scary enough. I have birthed 4 children but their father takes care of them while I am "ill". So I have no stress. I don't have any people in my life who stress me. I have no stress. My husband, bless his heart, does everything these days. He does his job and then he comes home and does what used to be my job and that's stressful. Not being able to pull my own weight, that's stressful. It's not the stress that's causing this condition it is this condition that is causing any kind of stress in my life right now. It's not knowing that I might have one of these episodes any minute now that causes me stress.
Anyway, I just needed to get that off my chest. There is possibly some light at the end of my tunnel. It has taken me a year, yes one whole wasted year to figure out what the possible culprit may have been. Remember I said I stopped taking that testosterone cream. Well, just a couple days ago actually, I went to see a different anti-aging doctor so see what all my hormone levels are and if anything needs fixing. Yes I had my hormone levels checked at the endocrinologist and he said my levels are normal. Well I have learned that what an endocrinologist thinks is normal and what an anti-aging doctor thinks is normal are 2 different things. Surprisingly, all my other hormones are beautifully balanced except for 1. Have you guessed which one that might be? If you guessed testosterone you would be correct and I wish I had a gift for all correct guessers. It's only been three days though since I started the hormone treatment and I'm told that I won't feel any kind of difference for 2 weeks yet. But I do feel SOME KIND of difference. My sleep is better. It has taken the edge off that high cortisol feeling, I feel more relaxed and level throughout the day. I still can't do any activity and I don't know how much if any it will effect this blood sugar thing but I will keep everyone posted. I would love it if this would be solution.
I'm taking 2 herbal supplements in the meantime to lower my cortisol but only as of yesterday so I don't know how that' going either.
I am following an eating plan advised by endocrinologist/author Diana Schwarzbein, M.D. called The Schwarzbein Principle II: The Transition A Regeneration Process to Prevent and Reverse Accelerated Aging. I can't say it's doing much for me so I'm looking into other f
Rubyrosa on April 07, 2012:
Benji, thanks for the welcoming! I feel like I am the only Peruvian with this issue! No one has never heard of this here, none of the people I know have this. However, my concern is that I think I have had this condition my whole life, but it has not been that until now has stronger symptoms...that is the weird part for me.
I will believe me, keep that food journal. I have read most of the comments here and thet are so helpful. Today I bought the tic tac box that someone suggested. I will keep it on my purse, just in case of a ¨hunger attack¨.
I will keep you posted regarding how my hypoglycemia is (hopefully) improving with the thryroid and cortisol treatments!!!!
Thanks for this great blog ;)
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 05, 2012:
Hey Ruby. Very good to meet you. I've never had someone visit from Peru before! You're definitely not alone. That's good advice about checking cortisol and thyroid levels. I was just writing a comment to another person about how cortisol levels might be affected by hypoglycemia. Your story is good confirmation.
It's good that you exercise so much. That'll really help with both the thyroid and the hypoglycemia. If you read through the comments, there are a lot of people that have talked about foods that really seem to help them. You might want to try some of the foods that have worked well for other people.
Also, you might get a lot of benefit out of starting a food journal. Experiment eating different foods and then write down how they made you feel. Hopefully you'll be able to find meals that help you feel normal.
Rubyrosa on April 05, 2012:
Hi from Lima, Peru! Sorry in advance for my English. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia about 9 months ago when I got a lot of blood exams. On my first exam, glucose results were: fasting: 81, after 30min it was 86, after 60min was 59 and after 120min it was 89. I also was diagnosed hypothyroid at the same time. But also, diagnosed with low cortisol levels. I had anemia and was Vit B12 deficient as well. Anxiety runs in my family, but also thyroid issues. So imagine how happy I was after reading all of the things I have. I have to mention that the only meat I eat is fish. After taking hormones: for thyroid and to increase cortisol levels, on my next check (7 months) the glucose at fasting was 83 and after 1 hr was 73. Las month another test, 77 at fasting and 68 after 1 hr. I know this values are nothing compared to the ones mentioned above but I feel exactly the same. I am so tired of feeling abnormal, walking 2 min and feeling light head, dizzy, nor normal at all! I also always feel that if I dont eat I will die. I am very small framed and skinny. I work out 5 times a week. Ballet, Aereal dance and running. My muscle was tested as well and it is actually higher than normal, so I am not skinny fat as my doctor thought initially because I said I was vegetarian eating fish. The big issue is to decide what to eat! I can't eat a ham sandwich like everyone! So it is so hard, I am bored when I eat, because it is always the same and always the fainting feeling. My hands shake when I do strengh excercise or when I use force to do something, like opening a jar! Anyway, I would suggest for everyone: get thyroid and cortisol tested!!!! I can see that after the thyroid pills I have improved the results and I am still low in cortisol, which makes me think that the link is stronger towards thyroid than cortisol, at least on my case. And I am not anemic or vit B12 deficient anymore. But still feel very tired sometimes, I blame cortisol on that. So I am taking 5 mg of hydrocortisone 4 times a day, I feel a bit better. I am 33, and want to get pregnant. I am scared of having a baby under this situation, with this feelings! Anyway, my doctor said that it will be hard to get pregnant anyway due to the thyroid problem.
Sorry for writing so much, I am just so excited to have found that I am not alone or an alien with a weird disease! I am about to see anyway a second opinion because I cant believe and I already 9 months on pills and things improved but are not perfect yet...
Thanks Benji for this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on April 03, 2012:
Hey Jo, thanks so much for stopping by. Your insights are really awesome. I totally agree. Having a healthy snack all the time is the best thing. And I agree with you about the relationship between stress, exercise, sleep and hypoglycemia. Keeping your body well rested, in shape, and stress free can do wonders, not just for hypoglycemia, but for all kinds of other things as well. That's interesting what you noticed about infection setting in after a hypoglycemic attack. It must weaken the immune system somehow. I wonder if there's a boost in cortisol released during a hypoglycemic attack, which strengthens the body's immune system during the attack but correspondingly weakens the immune system a few days later when levels come back down. Can't say for sure though. Thanks again for stopping by.
Jo on April 03, 2012:
This is an excellent thread, full of great info.
I have known I have had hypoglycemia for about 20 yrs (self diagnosed, when I found a book on it), but the reality is that even as a small child I would go white and shakey if I went too long without food, or did too much physical activity. No doctor ever listened, but now I am considered to be pre-diabetic, so I guess a lifetime of erratic insulin production has worn out my pancreas.
Lots of people have been talking about what to eat, and how often, and that all works. I eat low GI, with minimal carbs, which seems to help. For the past 6 months I have been drinking 32 oz of green smoothie spread throughout the day, and I am feeling better than I can ever remember. Really healthy with more energy than I have ever known. Monitoring my blood glucose while drinking the smoothies has shown that they have minimal impact on sugar levels, yet keep me satisfied, with sustainable sugar levels for hours. I can't recommend them enough - but avoid sugary fruits in them like bananas, mangos and grapes. If you want to know more, just Google 'Green Smoothies'. There are thousands of recipes out there, and they are all delicious.
Something else that I have found to have a huge effect on my blood sugar levels is stress and/or exercise. I can eat really good foods, but if I am stressed (job interview, work deadline, having to run for a train knowing that missing it will wreck my day...) then no matter what food I eat, my blood sugar will be all over the place. I will be craving food and eat the wrong things. Then I might be yo-yoing and out of control for days. The answer is to carry a healthy snack ALL THE TIME, for just such an emergency - nuts, seeds, a nut bar. Cheese is great (but not very portable). A glass of milk is much better than a glass of pop. I think that the impact of hormones (adrenalin, insulin, noradrenalin and others) is huge, and it explains why often controlling food is simply not the whole answer.
Oh, and sleep seems to play a huge part, and fatigue levels. Sleep deprivation can trigger more yo-yo-ing.
And has anyone else noticed how episodes of hypoglycemia are often followed by a virus? For me it is like clockwork - 2-3 days after a severe blood sugar dip, I often develop a cold. I can only assume that the hypo lowers my immune system, letting a bug in, which then cultivates and starts producing symptoms 48-72 hours later.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 29, 2012:
You definitely can do it. There's got to be a solution out there. Food isn't the enemy, and your body can't just keep rejecting it forever.
keyshapennock on March 29, 2012:
No I have not found out. The only thing anyone can come up with, is that my body has adjusted to only eating the one time a day and now is basically in starvation mode! Idk. I have been working on it, for almost 4 mths now. I eat every 45-60 minutes. I know it sounds like a lot, but I can only get 2-3 bites each time, before I start gagging or running for the restroom. This has now got me up to eating 2 full meals a day, I also drink an instant meal protein shake at least once per day, sometimes 2, depending on how much I have eaten that day. I am learning that I need to eat a tone more protein, salt and carbs. Apparently I do not eat near enough of each. After all the research I have done, it seems so overwhelming, but manageable. I just need to be able to eat, then I think I can do it.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 28, 2012:
Teresa, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experience and your tips. I totally agree with you. Fat is a very essential part of the human diet. I don't know where people got the idea that non-fat everything was going to bring us to good health. Your meal plan sounds tasty :) I love eggs in the morning.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 28, 2012:
Hey Keysha. Thanks for stopping by. It sounds like your hypoglycemia hits much more violently than most people's. A lot of your difficulties with hypoglycemia would probably be a lot easier to deal with if you could figure out how to eat more than once or twice a day. It seems to me like you have multiple issues going on. I haven't heard of other people who get ill like that from eating who also have hypoglycemia. Do you have any idea what's causing those violent reactions to food?
Sorry that doesn't really help to answer your question about getting your blood sugar to drop quickly. I've not really heard any methods or foods that can have a drastic effect. Usually people are more interested in getting their blood sugar up quickly.
Teresa on March 28, 2012:
I have struggled with hypoglycemia for over 20 years not knowing what it was until i bought a blood monitor and began checking my blood sugar levels when i felt shakey and fainty. I didnt realize what it was until i went on vacation with some friends and drank heavily. That night after binging i woke up to nightmares and heavy sweating and a rapid heartbeat. I had such high anxiety all i could do was cry because i felt like an emotional wreck. After i went home i got a book called Hypoglycemia for Dummies. I started reading it and it said if i follow the diet and got better than it was hypoglycemia. After following the diet the first couple of days i began feeling better. I learned fat is an essential part of my diet. For the first month or so i had to eat every hour and a half. I could not tolerate milk or fruit of any kind for a good month. I now am symptom free. The symptoms i had were dabilitating. It made me scared to leave my house or to be alone. I can now go almost 4 hours befor my next meal. The diet i now follow has eliminated all of my symptoms. I eat absolutly no sugars, honey, white flour or fruit juices. I dont touch bananas because they contain no fiber. When i rise in the morning i drink a small glass of milk so i dont have to eat as soon as i get up. I always eat within an hour of rising. Breakfast: 1 egg, low carb(15)grams or less, picante sauce, 2 slices avacado for good fat, low sugar fruit with high fiber such as apple, or berries and a glass of 2% milk. Then i snack 3 hrs later: eating tuna with brown rice crackers, or cheese and crackers( again no more than 15grams carb) and whole grain. 3-3 1/2 hours later i eat lunch: 2-3oz fish grilled, 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, a green vegetable, a low sugar fruit and a half sweet potatoe or brown rice or something whole grain with some margarine for the fat and 2 vegetables. afternoon snack: plain unsweetend yogurt (usually greek) a low sugar fruit..its hard to get use to the no sugar yogurt but its managable...or a 1/2 carb and 1/2 milk. Dinner: Whole grain pasta or spaghetti squash with sugar-free spaghetti sauce and a couple ounces of ground turkey and some fresh parmesan cheese, a raw veggie and cooked one. another snack before bed: a carb and protien such as an egg wrapped in corn tortilla cooked in a little oil. The idea is no sugar and a variety of lean meats taken in small portions along with complex carbs. Just always remember if you eat a starchy vegetable omit the grain. I dont eat any artificial sweeteners either. This diet has helped so much. Good luck to all.
keyshapennock on March 27, 2012:
I have always had major headaches/migraines. The only things that ever made them go away was for me to go to the gas station, get Granny Smith chocolate chocolate chip cookies, with a small bag of fritos. After a few bites and a few chips the headaches were completely gone. I went to the Dr for yrs asking if I was Hypoglycemic? They all, like many of you, to me No! I finally had a female problem come up, went to a different Dr. She did extensive tests, only to find out that not only am I pre-menopausal, @ age 27 now 31, but I am Hypoglycemic. Fasting my levels are 60 at best, and at most I only get up to 75. She told me that because I do not eat on a regular basis, that is the cause. I need to eat more. I told her I try, but my body rejects food more often then not. I can eat fine once a day, now 2 times a day, but any more than that and I get violently ill. To the point where I need to find a bathroom immediately, or else.
People do not understand what I go through, or that I can not lose any of my weight until I eat more. My dad has never seen me faint, but my husband has, and he was terrified. My husband now knows what to do when my spells come on. But my dad is one that doesn't believe in Dr's, so he thinks I am wrong and gives me a hard time when the spells come on. It's very frustrating when my husband isn't around, because there are sometimes when I am not able to treat myself; since the spells can come on so quick.
Today I felt the symptoms coming, and laid down before I fell down. When I woke, an hr later, I had a massive headache. I took my B.S. it was 147. That is the highest it has ever been. It still is in the mid 100's 6 hrs later. I am drinking some green tea right now, hoping it will lower it. But in some of my research, I read that I should stay away from banana's, well I has one ystrdy and one today just before the attack. So I am going to avoid them the rest of this week and see what that does. I hope that's it. I think I am going to keep banana's on hand for if my B.S does drop. But I will have to make sure to test before I eat one, and make sure I can afford to eat one or not. I still have the headache, not as bad, but my vision is pretty blurred, so if there is any typo's please excuse it. lol
If my B.S does get up that high, are there any ways I can bring it back down, fairly quick, since I now know how to bring it up?
Thanks for any help or advise you can give..
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 26, 2012:
MB, yeah 34 is pretty low. I hope you get some good results. Best of luck. I agree Lou, Conrad is the man.
louromano on March 24, 2012:
Thanks for all the great info Conrad. You definitely should write a hub on hypoglycemia.!!
MB on March 24, 2012:
So, I just finished my 2 hr gtt. I had the lab check with a meter at the same time. Fasting glucose-84. Not bad for me. 1 hour-83. 2 hour 50! I am interested to see what my doctor says. I'm a bit nervous reading about the types of things that could be causing it. I know the lab tech was very surprised my 1 hour was so low. My lowest ever was 34!
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 23, 2012:
Hey guys, thanks so much for your input.
Daniel -- You're very welcome, thanks for stopping by.
Cole -- You've learned some amazing things already at just 14. It's awesome that you're learning to overcome hypoglycemic symptoms through controlling anxiety. I hadn't really thought about how blood sugar reacts to anxiety, but I bet there's a huge link there. Thanks also for your excellent meal plan. That's awesome.
Angel -- Thanks for your prayers. That's very cool of you. And you're very welcome. I'm really happy everyone stops by and leaves comments so we can all get a sense of just how many people are affected by issues like this. It helps overcome the unconcerned public, like you said. Thanks very much for stopping by!
Angel on March 23, 2012:
Hi I'm a 19 year old female and I'm also suffering from hypoglycemia due to hypothyroidism. I was FINALLY diagnosed about four months ago. It's extremely overwhelming and depressing. Someone mentioned in an earlier comment how stressful it is just knowing what to eat, and i can definitely relate to that! So i thank everyone that shared their daily diet with us. Ive spent hours on this site reading almost every comment because im desperate for answers. I want to feel normal again! I catch myself crying at times because of my lack of energy, dizziness, being lightheaded, physical discomfort, mental strain, headaches, sleepless nights, and dreadful mornings, and feeling fatigued and sick ALL the time. It's effecting EVERY area of my life, especially socially. No one seems to understand just how difficult it is for me to function in my everyday life. I've also had terrible experiences with hospitals & unconcerned doctors. Im aware that depression and anxiety were huge factors in my diagnosis. Im trying so hard to be less anxious and learn to relax. I want to thank Benjimester for creating this Wonderful site and everyone that has left a comment. It has given me some sense of comfort just to know I'm not alone & not losing my mind. Thanks so much!!!!
God Bless you All & I'm praying for Good Health for ALL of us!
Cole A on March 22, 2012:
I am 14 and I noticed my hypoglycemia starting a few weeks after I started high school this year. The first time it happened, I was nearly hyperventilating in class, and finally asked the teacher if I could get a snack, so she gave me a granola bar out of her desk. My family has a history of this, and it has nothing to do with diabetes, or any other issue. We are all very fit, but I think that since I am a hypochondriac, anxiety disorder and phobias, my adrenal glands are basically being "milked" too much. Keep in mind that I have been a very worrisome boy my whole life, and my parents have always told me not to worry so much. I started going to Biofeedback due to my anxiety, and it has really helped me. I would suggest it to anyone else who has hypoglycemia, because learning how to calm down and control anxiety will help calm your pancreas down, and possibly (slowly) improve your blood sugar levels. It has been about 6 months since I first figured out I had hypoglycemia. My family only has hypoglycemic symptoms once in a while, less than I do. Now I think I am improving somewhat, because I used to eat 2 cliff bars a day at school for snacks during 2nd and 4th period, because I would get hypoglycemic symptoms. Now I eat 1 a day (1/2 of one in 2nd and 4th period). It has honestly been a pain to have this, and it has prevented me from a lot of things. I am only 14, so It really isn't fun... I would love to run track again, but it is just too hard for me with my anxiety and low blood sugar. Anyways, I wanted to share my story. I'm sure some of you have already mentioned this, but I think that hypoglycemia can be brought about by having anxiety. For me, my blood sugar levels vary depending on what I eat, how much sleep I eat, how much caffeine I have, or how anxious I am.
Here is what I eat about everyday:
- Oatmeal w/ 2/3 cups of milk
- A banana (usually added to the oatmeal)
- An apple every once in a while
- 1 piece of whole wheat/oat bread
- 1 Protein/Granola/Energy bar (I prefer Raisin Walnut Cliff Bars)
- 1 large sandwich w/ 5 slices of meat (try to get the less-processed meat slices), Spinach, Pepperjack Cheese, Onion, Black Olives, Green Peppers
Snack (Whenever I get hungry after lunch)
- The other half of my cliff bar
For Dinner, I usually try to include a lot of vegetables. In fact, tonight I had pasta (I know I probably shouldn't eat so much carbs) with Avocado, and a large bowl of spinach. Other nights (depending on what my mom makes) we have other vegetables, such as yams, broccoli etc.
If anybody has any sort of suggestions for me, I am happy to hear them. I am trying not to eat too much things with soy, because for men, I have heard that it can increase estrogen levels over time. Sorry for my long, disorganized post! By the way, I am glad to see how active the comment section is!
daniel m on March 22, 2012:
i was diagnosed in jan having a really hard time with the diet even after i eat i never read over 100 then drop into the 50s thank you for the info it so hard to find info that is not about diabetics
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 20, 2012:
Renee, I really hope it gets better for you. It really is a daily hell feeling lousy all the time. I really hope you'll consider keeping a food journal to try and find those foods that make you feel better. And figuring out how to exercise in a healthy way will probably be helpful as well. Best of luck.
Renee on March 20, 2012:
I hate having Hypoglycemic symptoms! Its kept me from day to day activities and even from work. I feel like I am always eating, and have gained sooooo much weight! :( If cutting off my arm would cure my Hypoglycemia I would do it. I am so desperate for help from this daily hell.
Benji Mester (author) from San Diego, California on March 14, 2012:
Angela, those numbers are pretty varied. I can see why you're experiencing those symptoms. It seems like you have regular old hypoglycemia, but your results from the first test at 250 show the opposite. So there's definitely something different going on. Hopefully the tests will show something helpful.
Angelam on March 10, 2012:
**Correction. Today's blood glucose started at 119, not 199. Should have proof-read better.
Angelam on March 10, 2012:
I'm glad I found this site. I'm currently monitoring my blood sugar and am nervous about what I see. They range from the 50's to 140's, and I feel awful when they are at these highs/lows. Headache, trembling, sweating, confusion.. Today I went from 199 to 59 to 65 to 97 within the span of an hour. I am currently on erythromycin, and the roller coaster today was about an hour after I had taken them.
I was gestational diabetic (I only had to take the 1st glucose test, no need to have the second done since my numbers were in the 250 range. I've had the symptoms for a long time, and it was only recently that I finally went to the dr. My fathers side of the family had type2, so I am also concerned about being genetically predisposed.
My diet isn't awful, but probably carb-heavy. I don't drink or smoke and am moderately overweight (5'3", and 145 lbs). I don't know if I am severely hypoglycemic, or diabetic, or what. I'm hesitant to take the glucose tolerance test next week b/c of the antibiotics. I worry about my pancreatic function and am afraid that I have type2. I am keeping a food journal and monitoring my blood sugar, and I do plan on making changes to what I am eating to deal better. Anyone want to speculate about my diagnosis? Hypoglycemic, diabetic? Has anyone had a similar history to what I am describing? I appreciate the feedback, and also reading about others experiences - I'm not alone.