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Vegetarian and Hypoglycemia?

I have a rare form of cancer and recently converted to a mostly raw vegan diet in the last 3-4 months. Green juicing, some carrot (with lemon/celery/apple) and get my fats from Avocado, Flax/Olive Oil, and Raw nuts that are soaked. My grains are Eziekiel, brown rice, oatmeal and Quinoa. Protien is from brown rice Protein powder, chick peas, lentils.

Since I have been doing this diet - I believe I have developed Hypoglycemia. (i'm awaiting my specialist appt). My blood work shows a level of 2.6. I wake up in the night extremely hungry and can't go back to sleep until I eat something. After my Oatmeal in the morning, I feel sluggish. I will go from not being hungry to being really hungry all of a sudden. I have had my left eye blurr on me 2-3x and last about 5 minutes. I have lost weight and muscle tone.
Is it possible for someone with Hypoglycemia to live on a Veg diet? I had Turkey last nite for dinner - still woke up hungry.. thx

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replied December 10th, 2009
Diets and Diet Plans Answer A8407
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You would like to know whether someone with Hypoglycemia can live on a vegetarian diet.

A vegetarian diet is a diet or lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food. Properly planned vegan diets are healthful and have been found to satisfy nutritional needs. Poorly planned vegan diets can be low in levels of calcium, iodine, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Vegans are therefore encouraged to plan their diet and take dietary supplements such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iodine and omega-3 fatty acids. These deficiencies have potentially serious consequences, including anemia, rickets and cretinism in children, and osteomalacia and hypothyroidism in adults.

Given the data that you provided, of hypoglycemia, hunger, blurred vision of your left eye and weight loss, it is likely that you experience them because your body is not adjusting to that diet and the low calorie intake. Since you experience thyroid cancer, the needs for energy are increased because the cancer causes the metabolism to work faster and to spend the energy faster. If the body doesn't have enough energy it starts to lose in weight and hypoglycemia is the consequence. You may consider changing the diet back to normal or to increase the energy intake while still vegetarian, but to take more vitamin, mineral and omega-3 fatty acids supplements.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other healthcare provider such as nutritionist for further advice and information.

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