I'm new to this forum and really need a support group.
I have been struggling with low blood sugar and I just don't know what to do anymore. I eat like I should, I exercise, I've lost weight and nothing is helping.
My doctor just says it's from being overweight and will get better, but I've lost 47 pounds and I'm WORSE than I ever was! I still need to lose 45 pounds. When I had my insulin tested it was WAY off the charts high.
During the day I go into the 60s often. I've stopped treating them and just wait for my BS to go up on its own, because I can't spare the calories. But exercise is really frustrating. 5-8 minutes into working out my BS is down in the 60s or 50s. Sometimes if I stop exercising, my BS will raise up enough and I can continue, even though I stay in the high 60s for the rest of the workout. I just push through. But other times my BS won't go up at all and I can't work out.
Tonight I hit 55 after 7 minutes of exercise and felt so dizzy and faint and I couldn't finish.
I've tried eating so many different things before working out and nothing helps. I've tried sugar, fast carbs, slow carbs, protein, fiber, and combinations of all of these. And I don't have calories to spare, I only eat 1200-1300 calories a day.
I'm just so frustrated and tired of living like this. I can't even go out because I get so anxious over my BS lows, and I'm sick of stuffing my face every 2-3 hours!!
Had the same similar issues, I would recommend reading the thread on here about Diet. You may THINK you have tried this sort of diet (that's what I thought) but trust the process he describes. In my opinion diet is the answer Here is the link to the thread http://ehealthforum.com/health/topic119108
Descrive a typical day, there might be mistakes you do
Working out in the morning is usually a bad idea for example and also eating fast acting foods before a workout. It's best to eat your lunch or dinner and workout 1-2 hours after that without worrying about a pre-workout meal.
Also beware of excessive cardio and focus more on lifting weights.
Avoid liquid carbs including shakes and gatorade and other minerals supplements.
Sugar will never work, not only it won't work but your body will be reactive for many days later confusing out about what works and what doesn't. The only time where you could experiment with eating sugar and see how much, if any, you can tolerate is after a main meal (lunch or dinner) as a small portion dessert.
Your calories are too low, that alone could trigger hypoglycemia. I'm pretty sure you can lose weight with more calorie. There's no need to create a deficit of more than 500-600 calories a day to lose weight.
A diet that is working for me is the Insulin Resistance Diet. I don't follow it to a T but I follow the main principle of always eating 1 serving of proteins (7 grams) for every serving of carbs (15 grams) trying to eat protein first and carbs next.
That's working and from what I have read in this forum and others a balanced meal seems to be what works best for many, not low-carb nor low-fat but balanced, a bit like the zone. I feel better eating like this and it's an easy rule to follow.
Add to that specific foods you know you don't tolerate and you're on the right path.
this is an old post. Hopefully she has worked something suitable out by now and is feeling better. I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago and am trying to eat right but I'm still feeling crummy and am consulting a dietitian next week for help. Hopefully with a little guidance I can go a whole day feeling OK, but I fully understrand the social anxiety involved with potential peaks and crashes. I have a weekend trip planned in a couple of weeks and am afraid of being chained to my glucometer and cooler of food and not being able to enjoy myself.
So to all new folks, hang in there, we've all been through it, or are going through it now. Even if nobody answers your posts, there are lurkers who feel your pain. In the long run everything will work out, you just have to give it time and figure out what works for you. And don't be afraid to ask for help.
yeah I'm living with that to and i think most of you are older people, but I'm just 13 and trying to eat more mixed meals. but my doctor said that this might actually end up turning into type 1 diabetes, so i have to make sure everything is ok every day.what works the best for me is eating smaller amounts of food more often like every 2 hours. eat a bagel or omelet for breakfast: protein carbs and little fat, then a nutrition bar for a snack 2 hours later, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch: protein carbs little fat... and so on.this usually works for me with a few exceptions once in a while, and i am a very active person, i play soccer, hockey, snowboard, skateboard, surf... The thing that helps me the most is not worrying about it a lot, because stress can lead to high insulin levels a lot.
I posted back in October. Through a series of coincidences with my thyroid I ended up at an endocrinologist who ran some tests and told me I have Type 2 Diabetes. Not entirely sure I ever had hypoglycemia, but my blood glucose almost never dips below 70 and it rarely gets particularly high either. So I guess my diet and medications are doing the trick. I also lost about 30 pounds but I don't feel much different, honestly.
I said all of that to say this: if you have hypoglycemia, or diabetes or anything else similar, I would highly recommend seeing a registered dietitian. I felt horrible before I went to one and found that even though I was eating every few hours like the general practitioner had told me, I was in fact eating all the wrong things. After changing my diet to what the dietitian told me is when I found my blood sugars going a bit crazy and led me to see the endocrinologist and the proper diagnosis.