hello bin suffering now wiv reactive hypoglycemia for bout 2 years now, was diagnosed by the 5 hour glucose test but was then just sent on me way and told to eat low carb, higher protein diet and thats it! no more help!

anyway im 21 years old always bin healthy, didnt ever eat junk food much at all or fizzy pop, am a gym instructor so have always looked after myself and have always been active and exrecising, but the problem now still gradualy keeps getting worse. at the mo i eat 6+ a day, eat plenty of veg and fruit (realise now tho i shud cut down on the fruit) it has really bin bothering me lately as i hav not just had the physical symptons but mental ones like anxiety and nervousness and am finding myself am not the way i used to be.

anyway just a few things if any1 can help:

1) when looking at labels o food should i be eating foods with not much sugar e.g. low sugar on the scale or no sugar at all?

2) what should i eat when im feeling shaky and dizzy? ive heard a bit of cheese is good.

3) i regulariy hav protein shakes as i work out a lot in the gym is this doing any harm and i drink alcohol at the wknds im guessing i should stop this?

4) plus any other help?

thanks any help wud be greatly appreciated
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replied June 11th, 2008
1) Check for sugar in the ingredients and try to avoid it if possible. It may not state it but avoid dextrose, sucrose, maltodexrin and honey in particular. Also be weary of white flour.

2) If you feel the symptoms coming on I've found cheese or nuts to be helpful. If you are experiencing a fully blown crash you may want to take some quick release sugar followed by a protein source 10-15 minutes later. This is the only exception to the rule on sugar.

3) Be careful what sweeteners and/or sugar is in them. I couldn't take whey while I was hypoglycemic (Reflex instant whey) as it made me dizzy 30-1hr later after consumption on an empty stomach. Unflavoured, unsweetened whey is your best bet. You mention you are a gym instructor, do you take any other supplements such as weight gainers or powdered carbs? Before I recognised my problem I used to take Dextrose (same on the GI index as glucose) afer a workout with whey and it took days for my blood sugar to balance again. During this period it was one long dizzy spell

4) I know your going through a tough period but try to remain positive and patient. I'm 2 weeks into a new diet and I still have symptoms. Recovery can take a while. Considering you age and diagnosis of the condition you are in good position, however, carrying on with no diet adjustment puts you at great risk for type 2 diabetes.

Good luck!
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replied February 2nd, 2009
more tips
I was actually told its not near as improtant to read jsut the sugar label but look at the CARB label.. sugar hides in carbs as well and this needs to be factored. You should only have two servigs of carbs per meal its about 34 for a serving. also if you are low on sugar and getting dizzy you should keep on you at all times some glucose tablets (they cant be bought over the counter for a few dollars and help in these "emergent" times.. they give you a rapid boost within mintutes.. be sure to follow up with a protein as soon as you can to keep your blood sugar level at a stable level...always keep a snack with you somewhere handy incase you do start to feel low... if you cant get immediate access to glucose or protein while experiencing sympthoms these are the equivilant (one cup of cola, one sugar packet) note these will only temp boost you to keep from immediatly crashing you will need to eat something ASAP if you go this route...
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replied May 19th, 2009
1) YES. I have RH and consume no sugar at all. I can tolerate fructose, and a little honey.

2) Glucose tabs (from the pharmacy) followed by a healthy snack like a wholegrain bagel and peanut butter.

3) Alcohol can make RH worse. I can only drink 1 glass of wine before seeing symptoms!

4) plus any other help?

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replied May 19th, 2009
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DO NOT TAKE GLUCOSE TABS.
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replied September 16th, 2009
Severe Hypoglycemia - symptoms all day long
I'm wondering if any one can help me out here. I've been suffering from chronic fatigue, dizziness (once in a while), and palpitation for over 10 years now. But for the past 2 years my muscles have slowly been feeling weaker. I also noticed that I started have tremors as well and other symptoms of hypoglycemia.I only knew that something was terribly wrong with me but didn't what. Have been to the hospital about 25 times in 2years but all lab results seemed OK. However, a month ago and after a 5 hr glucose tolerance test I was told that I had reactive hypoglycemia. I met the dietitian and was placed on a low card diet. However it didn't help me at all. I still feel tired all the time, my muscles are still weak and my brain still can't function properly.

I thought the the symptoms are to show up about 2-3 hrs after a meal so I'm wondering why mine seems to be going on all day. Could it be that I have some other problem? I eat 6 small meals a day but still feel terribly hungry. Sometimes the pangs of hunger wakes me up from sleep and then I'll have to eat something before going back to sleep.

I read what Stan posted on this forum about living mostly on protein. I did try that (for about a week now) and felt slightly better, i.e. I don't feel dizzy or feel like fainting but I still feel weak all day. My body feels like it has no energy at all. The only carbohydrate I get comes from carrots. Please can someone who has had such severe symptoms help me out. I need to get out of this problem very fast else I might drop out of my graduate program. I haven't been able to do any effective study for about 3 months now.
Any suggestion is welcomed.
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replied April 26th, 2011
I thought you were describing me! I feel the same way. There is no controlling it and I feel like I am in fear of dieing! It's scary. I saw my dietician and I think I am more knowledgable in this than she is. She appreciates what I find online and send or bring toher. I have much more to share with her. thanks to all for sharing such useful info. Some day maybe I will get through one day symptom free
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replied October 1st, 2009
Hypoglycemic... feeling dizzy and forgetful all the time! help!
Hi. I'm glad I found this forum. I too have been healthy all of my life, exercised 4-5 times a week, non-smoker, and eat very well (no fried foods, only fish, veggies, etc.). Recently I was diagnosed w/Hypoglycemia and had my blood work done and it came back at 45! that was even in the middle of the day. Anyhow, it has been a few weeks and I am feeling dizzy all the time and very forgetful. I eat continuously but it doesn't seem to be helping. Can anyone tell me what they are doing to feel better? Should I see a specialist? What could have caused me to become hypoglycemic all of a sudden when I have always been really healthy? I'm only 33. help! I'm feeling very upset about this and depressed. I have 2 little children and am constantly worried that I will pass out.
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replied October 1st, 2009
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Start by reading my diet thread here on this forum!
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replied October 14th, 2009
Roco,
Your story sounds like mine. My results came back at 40! I too wonder why I still have symptoms all day. I've been struggling on this low carb diet for 4 months. I feel lightheaded all the time. Has anything helped since you looked over Stan's diet?
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replied June 2nd, 2010
Reactive Hypoglycemia
My name is marissa and i was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia 5 months ago. I'm an athletic girl who never had any medical problems.. i never even used to get sick!! The past year ive been feeing terrible with no energy. For my test I wore a monitor for four days that tested my blood sugar every five minutes. During this time I was placed on a very specific low carb - high protien diet. the first two days i followed the diet, and the last two days i wasn't supposed to. My results screamed reactive hypoglycemia, but the weird thing is i still had the reactions when following the diet specifically. My blood sugar went up to 208 and spiked down to 74. I don't know what to doo!! NOTHING is helping. I'M ONLLY 19 YEARS OLD! This is affecting a lot in my life. Any suggestions??
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replied October 9th, 2010
For those feeling weak...
I know I may get some flack from this, but for a few of you I'm finding a common thread, and one that has been hampering me as well. Those who described themselves as healthy and athletic, and who were told to do a low carb/high protein diet and are still feeling awful and weak, I know exactly what you mean. I have been eating "healthy" for months now. I eat mostly protein, steamed veggies, some fruit and sometimes a little brown rice. I have zero energy, am constantly hungry and weak, waking all night needing to eat. Now I really, really want to believe that the low carb/high protein diet is good for everyone, but I just don't think it is. Not everyone. There are some people that just burn through calories quickly, and they need energy, their brain is starving for glucose. I'm not saying drink a milkshake, but I advise to add more carbs! This is the only thing that has helped me come back to life. Maybe once you stabilize and regain energy you can bring the carbs back down, but if you are starving and completely lack energy, eat brown rice, bread, crackers etc. with a slice of cheese or meat. But eat the carbs. This has stopped my body's starvation and even stopped anxiety and panic attacks.
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replied October 21st, 2010
insight and rant and question
hi everyone,
i got diagnosed with insulin resistance and reactive hypoglycemia two months ago. i had probably been suffering with this for a very long time..my loading test was cut short when 1hour into it my blood sugar dropped to 53.
i'm on a no-sugar, no white flour, no white anything diet...it's been very hard.
when i crash, i crash by a drop of 30 points.
the less carbs i eat and the more protein i get i feel better and more stable.
and yet, emotionally and mentally i'm a wreck. during a crash i break down in tears and become a mess..it passes soon as i eat.
i just want to ask-is it normal for me to feel scared, upsest and angry? it's a real struggle...i'd really like my old life back!
ps exercise seems to make it worse-any tips?
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replied November 5th, 2010
Your hypoglycemia symptoms could be something else
If you all still have symptoms on the proper hypoglycemic diet, other issues may be at play.

I was first diagnosed with Grave's Disease (hyperthyroidism) which has many of the exact same symptoms as hyperthyroidism. I developed reactive hypoglycemia along with the Graves. Evidently, the two are related and often occur together.

***If you have heart palpitations, feel weak and shaky, INSIST on getting thyroid labs done (and other tests, as well just to be safe). My doctor told me I had anxiety and I had to beg her to do labs because I knew it was something physical not mental.***

There are meds for Grave's and specific diet restrictions (which are different than just hypoglycemic index food)

good luck!
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replied November 9th, 2010
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Re: For those feeling weak...
krisnicole wrote:
Now I really, really want to believe that the low carb/high protein diet is good for everyone, but I just don't think it is. Not everyone. There are some people that just burn through calories quickly, and they need energy, their brain is starving for glucose. I'm not saying drink a milkshake, but I advise to add more carbs! This is the only thing that has helped me come back to life. Maybe once you stabilize and regain energy you can bring the carbs back down, but if you are starving and completely lack energy, eat brown rice, bread, crackers etc. with a slice of cheese or meat. But eat the carbs. This has stopped my body's starvation and even stopped anxiety and panic attacks.


This would be true if not for one thing, EVERYTHING you eat is converted into glucose. Meat/fats are just slower in the process. Lower carb is actually preferable, the majority of what you get in carbs should come from fruits like berries, sprouted grains, and vegetables (excluding root vegetables). You do need carbs, not the extreme low carb like Atkins, but you shouldn't be eating the usual recommended amount. It should be slightly higher protein and fat, LOWER carbs, not just low.
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replied January 21st, 2011
I recently found this forum and posted on another comment thread. I too, was recently diagnosed w/ reactive hypoglycemia. I had been complaining of dizziness, shakiness, anxiety, sweating, and nauseousness, only for my Dr. to tell me it was anxiety and had nothing to do w/ my blood sugar. I bought a monitor myself, knowing something was going on w/ my body. It proved that my levels were dropping dramatically after eating, sometimes w/ in 10 minutes. I've also experienced dry heaving when my levels are low, as my stomach is so upset. I had gallbladder surgery a few years ago, and am wondering if that could be the culprit of this condition. I am, or should say, "was," a very outgoing person until all of this started. I'm now calling off from work at least twice a week, I've changed my diet per my Dr. and dietician. Still, nothing seems to be working. I was told to be on a high carb/protein diet and to eliminate sugar. But when my levels get low I find myself grabbing for a soda or Gatorade, as it brings me up quickly. I've now gainged over 20 lbs b/c I'm basically forcing myself to eat, even when I'm not hungry, b/c my levels are low. It's comforting to know there are others out there, but I'm so depressed. I don't sleep b/c my levels seem to drop low throughout the night. So along w/ being mentally exhausted, I'm physically exhausted as well.
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replied January 25th, 2011
If your reactive hypoglycemia is fairly severe, it is generally better to use a low carb diet. The "little carb often" solution is generally only effective for mild problems.

There are two ways to start out with a low carb diet:

1. Cold turkey on the carbs. Cut out all forms of bulk carbs - this means all bread, pasta, potato etc. and cut out sweet foods, such as puddings, cakes, fruit drinks etc. entirely. Only carb intake allowed is from vegetables and dairy.

2. Using a finger prick sugar meter. Measure your blood glucose level one and two hours after every meal. Cut out all meals that cause a spike, and replace with more suitable meals.

You end up the same place, on a low carb diet obtaining 60-70% of energy from fats. At first you will have no taste for fat, as you still have a carbohydrate addiction. Once you break the addiction (2-3 weeks) - you will develop a taste for fat.

The tricky thing is the hunger pangs (carb addiction.) The best thing is to keep an ample supply of pure protein/fat snacks available - eat these whenever you are hungry. Suitable type foods:

- beef jerky, salami, pemmican
- liver pate
- boiled eggs
- hard cheese
- bacon
- pure meat balls or sausage
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replied November 22nd, 2011
I have been suffering with HG for almost 5 years, I struggle with it every day, like most of you here.
I have researched until i was blue in the face.
I experimented with the notion that it was due to Candiasis, an intestinal yeast overgrowth, that had become Systemic..
of course, there is a million pages of information on this on the internet, and they all speak of the same HG, H diet. which is true, it helps the symptoms.
My problem is that I don't have any body fat left to burn, so I am constantly fatigued.
I tried a new approach.
I used a product called OXY ALOE FLUSH, which kills, and flushes Candida overgrowth.
it does it by releasing extra oxygen molecules to your cells, via a food grade hydrogen peroxide/berry juice drink.
My tolerance to food went thru the roof, I actually began to get my life back. Unfortunately for me..I thru all caution to the wind, and binged one weekend on everything, including alcohol, as I hadn't had a drink in longer than i could remember.
now my product has run out, and 3 weeks later Im suffering all over again.
I have just received my new OXY Flush..and relieved to be able to start eating again.
I don't know if I have Candiasis or not, I know for a fact I was diagnosed with Reactive hypoglycemia 5 years ago..This Oxy Flush helps..I am in no way affiliated with the product, just a person like you , desperate to get there life back..
Try it, what do you have to loose..
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replied January 3rd, 2014
Keep your meals under 40 CARBS and more than 20 PROTEINS and snacks under 20 CARBS and PROTEINS more than 10.

Hope this helps. I suffer with hypo as well. Greek yogurt, nuts and seeds, anything Kashi, and Nature Vally Protein bars all taste good and are perfect at regulating your sugar levels.
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