I have gotten so much advice it's crazy. I have tried cutting out carbs (not totally but a lot), given up foods that I enjoyed eating such as ice cream with my kids, candy at the movies. Yeah, that didn't do anything for me. Then a dietician told me I wasn't eating enough fat, so I increased my healthy fat. Yep, nothing. I make sure to eat small, healthy snacks like nuts, cheese, protien. But still, my blood sugar drops. This afternoon, after a healthy breakfast of whole grains, high fiber, and after a snack of a nut mixture, my blood sugar dropped to 70. I was dizzy and so hot. I am here by myself with three little kids. I can't pass out. So I had to drink some juice then eat another snack to bring my sugar up. So since then I have spent today feeling like I have been ran over by a train. And my head hurts. I feel like a bad mom because I just don't have the energy to get up and do much.
Thank goodness tomorrow is Monday (lol...no one ever says that hu?!) because I am going to call my dr and get referred to an endocronologist. Has anyone here actually gone to see an endo. and had success? It looks like my thyroid problem (hypothyroidsim) may have something to do with my hypoglycemia.
It sounds to me like you need to start the day with protein, instead of whole grains. That was always the case with me. My first meal of the day has to be eggs (or some other form of high protein), or I experience "crashes" all day, no matter what I eat. I believe this is because the body needs a slow burning fuel to get things started.
As for endocrinologist- I've seen about 5, and finally found one that was able to explain to me what was going on with my body. A lot of them will tell you that a BSG of 70 is fine and doesn't need to be addressed, but keep looking until you find a doctor who will listen to you!
However to be honest, the most help I got was from seeing a Naturopathic doctor. They will help you identify very quickly why your body is out of whack and what supplements you may need. For example, if it is your thyroid, you may simply need iodine supplements. This is actually the case with me as well.
The most important thing is to educate yourself about this condition and read up as much as you can on it, in addition to keeping a journal of what works and doesn't work for you. The one endocrinologist that acknowledged the problem didn't do anything else for me but explain what was happening in my body. Its been about a year that I've been managing my hypoglycemia through diet and nutritional supplements, and I can tell you it feels good to feel I have a handle on things. Even when I have a not-so-great day, I don't get so anxious because I can usually pinpoint what's going on, whether it be what I ate, activity level, getting sick, little sleep or the like.