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I'm afraid many of us are struggling to find a medical reason for our problems (which are, sadly, psychological). I read up about anxiety. depression and hyploglycemia(which usually accompanies any and all mental health issues). Do some research of your own...the spacey feeling, irritability, mood swings, trouble with memory, concentration ect. all come from emotional issues.

Hypoglycemia symptoms are always solved by eating something...if our problems don't go away with food...maybe thats not our problem? I have diabetic friends whose sugar goes low...they always feel better after eating.

Stress can do weird things to us and sadly we hate to admit that we have problems with stress. So maybe we should stop focusing on imaginary problems and fix whats really wrong. Wink
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replied December 4th, 2008
Do you have hypogylcemia?

I'm interested to hear what you think is really wrong, and perhaps pose your theory to an endocrinologist.

I also have diabetic friends who have drastically improved there physical and mental health from the changes in diet, not a realisation they were stressed.

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Do some research of your own...the spacey feeling, irritability, mood swings, trouble with memory, concentration ect. all come from emotional issues


Quite the contrary. A sugar addiction can be the cause of all these emotional difficulties, plus more. Stressed in terms of adrenals, yes, can cause many mental and physical symptoms including hypoglycemia but again, its biochemical not thought generated.

Please feel free to point me to a source that supports your reasoning as I'm confident you will find the reverse is true with regards to mental symptoms and blood sugar.

Good day.
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replied December 4th, 2008
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I'm afraid many of us are struggling to find a medical reason for our problems (which are, sadly, psychological). I read up about anxiety. depression and hyploglycemia(which usually accompanies any and all mental health issues). Do some research of your own...the spacey feeling, irritability, mood swings, trouble with memory, concentration ect. all come from emotional issues.

Hypoglycemia symptoms are always solved by eating something...if our problems don't go away with food...maybe thats not our problem? I have diabetic friends whose sugar goes low...they always feel better after eating.

Stress can do weird things to us and sadly we hate to admit that we have problems with stress. So maybe we should stop focusing on imaginary problems and fix whats really wrong. Wink


So what you are saying is that ALL people who are hypoglycemic, diabetic have emotional issues?

I don't know exactly what planet you got your information from but you are misinformed or you have misunderstood what you read....

Please do more research and ask a person who has lost their eyesight and or limb about their Diabetes. While you are at it, ask the professionals what they think about diabetes.

Why do you think Blood Gluclose monitors are made? It's not because the person who has to pinprick their fingers several times a day because it is fun, it is because it is to monitor their sugar level. Sure sucking on a peppermint may help in the short term but it is not a cure.

It is to monitor their sugar and if they feel that their sugar is beginning to get low then he / she knows what to do, like the peppermint and they are also educated on what they are allowed to eat and what their normal sugar range should be, etc.

Diabetes does not discriminate. Even some with the healthiest lifesytles can develop it. However there are others who are obese who will develop it and some women who are expecting can develop what is called gestational diabetes however theirs will general disappear once the child is born. Not everyone who is obese is a diabetic nor everyone who eats poorly....as I said, it does not discriminate. Check out Juvenile Diabetes.

"spacey feeling, irritability, mood swings, trouble with memory, concentration ect. all come from emotional issues."

The above is not true when you are stating that this disease is all emotional . These can be caused by something other than emotional. Narcotics could cause all of these things. Alzheimers / Stroke (memory / concentration), etc.

I do hope that you never develop hypoglycemia, diabetes or hyperglycemia...however if you find yourself in that situation, let us know how YOU feel.

~Zig
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replied December 4th, 2008
Maybe you're misunderstanding my point. I never implied that hypoglycemia or especially diabetes aren't real conditions or that they are solely psychological...quite the opposite. I'm saying that not all problems can be blamed on low sugar, especially if the problems don't subside after eating something.

I have been diagnosed with hypoglycemia (by an endocrinologist who introduced me to the stress theory), which i know was caused by high levels of cortisol and adrenaline (stress). Incidently, diabetes tends to get worse under high levels of stress, as well. I also know that when my sugar is low, if i eat something the symptoms go away.

Also, the endocrinologist informed me that a low-carb diet does more harm than good. Your body needs carbs to function. I took him a list of a diet i found on here, and he said my best bet would be eating a balanced meal (protein, carb, fat) every 3 hours or so.

In reference to the fatigued adrenals...that really is just another term for highly stressed. Our adrenal glands are extremely durable and don't really tucker out except in cases such as Addisons and Wilsons disease, which are usually caused by other issues.

I'm not trying to start a fight. I just want people to do some research before hopping on some strict diet that could be avoided and may even make them feel worse. Don't be ashamed to get help with what's really the issue...stress.
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replied December 5th, 2008
Sweeping statements like these are what's likely to touch a few nerves....

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So maybe we should stop focusing on imaginary problems and fix whats really wrong.


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Don't be ashamed to get help with what's really the issue...stress


It sounds like you've been to an endocrinologist, are taking his opinion and your condition as gospel, and then comparing that to what you read here.

Unfortunately adrenal fatigue isn't the only cause. I've had a four point blood and saliva cortisol/DHEA profile and it came out perfectly normal. However I do have a dairy intolerance and candida overgrowth. I've seen improvement treating these so I'd hedge my bets on that.

Anywho, your opinion is valued. Just don't go posting comments that suggest we are all ignorant.
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replied December 5th, 2008
I have to agree with eawright01 on this (at least somewhat).

I began having hypoglycemic episodes after the birth of my 3rd child two years ago. I found this page while researching ideas for healthy snacks several weeks ago.

I am a practicing supports manager and life coach and have come across clients who attribute symptoms of anxiety and depression to hypoglycemia and, even worse, the infamous "candidias ablicans," which generally only occurs in individuals with compromised immune systems (AIDS, chronic disease, ect.) and is easily diagnosed.

While my experience has given me an understanding of how rough this condition can be (when going long periods of time without a substantial meal or after consuming a carb-packed meal), many of the symptoms attributed to hypoglycemia are, in fact, caused by issues such as low serotonin, high cortisol, and the like.

There are many options, both natural and pharmacological, to address these issues. A healthy diet does help greatly (a diet too high in carbs does contribute to depression and sluggishness), but perhaps seeing a mental health specialist will give you the upperhand on overcoming your troubles.
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replied July 6th, 2012
Stress and hypoglycemia
I have a difficult case of combat related PTSD and I have unexplained hypoglycemia. I have noticed a pattern of attacks when I am stressed by crowds. I recently went from California to DC on a train and suffered 6 episodes on the trip, which is a very high frequency for me. I've never talked to my Dr. about this but I am thinking that this may be a trigger.
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