I have had reactive hypo for probably 15-20 years--lost count! Anyway, I just eat every 2 hours while awake.
I have recently researched and found out that raising blood levels of calcium can cause the pancreas to release insulin, which we all know will turn into a hypo. My question is, does anyone here notice that taking a calcium actually CAUSES a hypo to happen to them??? I don't take calcium very often as it bothers my stomach big time. However, every once in a while I take a low-dose of calcium. And, probably half of the time, my blood sugar drops about an hour later!! I joked with my husband at first that, wow, calcium and/or vit. D was making my sugar drop. Lo and behold, after research, i found the calcium/insulin connection!! Anyone notice if it affects them?
You'd have to be taking a lot, but I've never noticed any changes. I take half a pill twice a day, that's it. You might be taking too much if it happened, otherwise you might be connecting it but it's not doing anything at all really. If you're still having symptoms you're doing something else wrong after that much time. From what I've read, the calcium thing only comes into effect if you're starting to become diabetic, which you will over time if you don't properly treat hypoglycemia. If you've had it for that long, you might be reaching that point. I have no symptoms anymore unless I eat something I shouldn't.
Calcium is needed for release of insulin from the beta cells of the pancreas. The insulin is stored in tiny sacs in the beta cells called vesicles. When the beta cells detect high blood sugar, a series of steps take place that allow calcium to enter the cell. The calcium in turn helps the vesicle fuse to the cell wall, so that the insulin is released into the bloodstream. So calcium is an integral and necessary part of normal insulin release.
I really don't see how higher than normal calcium levels would result in excess insulin being released. The calcium doesn't enter the cell, unless excess glucose is detected in the blood.
I would love to see the studies if you could reveal them, so I could understand the proposed mechanism.