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Can hypoglycemia come on suddenly?

Hi. I have read all the relevant part of the forum, but have not seen this question asked. I just wondered if it could come on very suddenly?

Today It aws about 12.00 midday, and I had not eaten anything as yet. Never do, oneish is about usual, and has always been fine.

Anyway, suddenly, roaring headache, limbs felt very heavy - elbows and knees especially - and I wanted to sleep. I didn't, I pulled over and cried.
Not usually that emotional!
Anyway, slept all afternoon, had cooked dinner, and now feel light headed but apart from that fine.

I know you are not all doctors, but you have experience to know between you I should imagine.

So thats it, can it come on suddenly or not? Thanks you all Question
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replied November 23rd, 2007
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it could have been several things
stress related even Smile
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replied November 23rd, 2007
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Ohhh groan, not the 'stress' thing. People don't realize how much crap that is. Yes, hypoglycemic attacks can come on suddenly, when you first start to get the condition this is usually what happens. Most people, like me, wake up one day to hell that doesn't go away until you fix the diet.
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replied November 24th, 2007
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Hey Stan,

How are you? Hope you are well!
After being on an even stricter Candida diet, I started to feel tons better. I had 3 weeks where the hypo had disappeared altogether. Now the last week & half they are back with a vengeance & the anxiety is creeping back too. I was reading on another hypo forum where some said that when they went on Celexa there hypo symptoms completely went away. I too actually know someone who said that same thing happened to her. I never did believe it at the time. But now I am considering this route. My Candida pals tell me this set back is normal and that it is just my body healing. I do believe that I have Candida but it is so hard treating it when I keep crashing all the time. My ND thinks I am way too strict on my diet - no fruit or dairy now.
I am much better than I was 4 months ago but still not able to hold down a job.
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replied November 24th, 2007
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These things can come much more slowly than we'd like, but at least it's getting better. I've been doing great, I only eat around 4 times a day now, eating pretty much only when I feel hungry, which is currently a novelty. As I said before, don't forget that if you have this and not ONLY candida, expect to have bouts of suck that come and go. The good thing is you now have tons of good days to compare it to that should make it easier for you to hold on. You should start adding fruit back in eventually, as soon as possible in fact. How long are you supposed to stay on the candida thing before you can? I know you're supposed to avoid sugar at first in some cases. Can't find the sheep's yogurt, right?
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replied November 25th, 2007
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No Can't find Sheep's yogurt at all around here. This Candida forum on yahoo is a very strict diet and most never go back to eating fruit, in fact, there whole object is to get the body running with minimal carbs. I have tried this but keep crashing. She calls her program a natural healing program & most of it makes sense to me except for someone like me who has severe hypo crashes.

This is there mantra - "Like I've written before many NDs and nutritionists do not truly understand the body and the nutrients required, so they often perscribe the wrong things. The easiest foods for the body to digest are meats, eggs, and good fats like I recommend, as compared to any and all carbs (any foods not classified as protein or fat). Carbs require a lot of body resources in order to digest and utilize them, while proteins and good fats do not. Also 58% of protein and 10% of good fats turn into glucose (inside the body) supplying all the glucose needed to maintain blood sugar levels. This means you can be perfectly healthy on only meats and
good fats, and no carbs, just like the Eskimos. See this article
about a year long experiment done by V. Stefansson and his friend in
a hospital under doctor's supervision eating only 80% fats and 20%
meats. They were healthier after a year than before they started.
Also the Eskimos maintain perfect health on an all meat and fat diet."
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replied November 25th, 2007
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Wow, that's really wrong and she's missing a few things.

1. The easiest food for the body to digest is ONLY eggs. Meat requires a LOT of work.

2. Carbs are actually much easier to digest in the sense that they're easy energy for the body, that's why humans started to cultivate the land, they realized it was much easier to grow food that you could eat in smaller quantities than it was to kill giant animals with enough food to only sustain you for about a week or so.

3. Everything turns into glucose actually, and not in the percentages suggested there, not sure where she got that.

4. She mentions the Eskimos, which are an exception. The reason for this is that though they survive on what is basically an extreme Atkins diet, they ALSO eat the organs and bones and eyes and such of their food sources, which is how they get their vitamins and other goodies. You WON'T get this by just eating meat and fat, thus you need to supplement with vitamins if you don't eat enough organ meats, which pretty much no one does in America because they think it's gross. Any race that survives eating this way ALWAYS supplements with fruits and leafy greens they find in the wild, the Eskimos are just lucky that over centuries their people learned to eat organs to keep themselves as healthy as possible. Plus, you can't really say if you eat like them you'll be like them, because you won't, they've been eating that way unchanged for centuries. This is why whenever they become urbanized they gain weight so easily, their genetic make-ups are set for diets like that and store fat very quickly.

5. If you haven't figured it out yet, they also get their sugars and stuff from eating animals in this way, so if you're eating a high fat/protein diet that's recommended on that site, it's worthless without fruits and vegetables because I gaurentee it doesn't say ANYTHING about organ meats, bones, eyes, etc.
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replied November 26th, 2007
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I agree with you!! You're so smart. Here's some info I gathered.

More energy is required to digest meat than can be
obtained from the meat. This wears out the protein digestive organs,
and leads to stressful indigestion. Looking at a true carnivore –
like, say, that lion with his big sharp teeth -- we can see enormous
differences in their digestive tract. Specifically, the lion's small
intestine, where most of the nutrients are only about three times the
length of his body. This means that the meat he eats moves through his
system quickly, while it's still fresh.

Humans, however, have much, much longer intestines, with food taking
from 12 to 19 hours to pass through the digestive system. This is
ideal for plant-based foods, allowing our intestinal tracts to absorb
every little bit of nutrient available, but it also means that when we
eat meat it's decaying in a warm, moist environment for a very long
time. As it slowly rots in our guts, the decaying meat releases free
radicals into the body.

Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that are present to some
degree in every body. When you hear advertisements trumpeting the
importance of foods and supplements containing cancer-fighting
"anti-oxidents," it's these free radicals that they're battling.

While they'll always be a part of you – free radicals are built in to
cells as part of their normal activities – you can do things to
minimize their damage. Too much sunlight in the form of excessive
tanning encourages the production of free radicals, which is why even
though a little sunlight is important each day. Using a good sunblock
will not only help you avoid skin cancers, it'll help keep you younger
in general. But the biggest thing you can do to limit the free
radicals in your body is to avoid eating meat. For the 12 hours or
more that meat is rotting away in your system, those tiny, free
radical time bombs are multiplying in your system.

Along with that, as meat protein breaks down it creates an enormous
amount of nitrogen-based by-products like urea and ammonia, which can
cause a build-up of uric acid. Too much uric acid in your body leads
to stiff, sore joints – and, when it crystallizes, can cause gout and
increased pain from arthritis. Carnivorous animals, interestingly,
produce a substance called uricase, which breaks down uric acid.
Humans don't produce uricase, though – another clue that we're not
meant to be meat-eaters.

When you eat meat, how much of it do you eat raw? Well, Mr. Lion eats
his raw, while its still brimming with enzymes that aid in digestion.
Humans, however, cook their meat. In fact, we cook our meat to
temperatures over 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This has the benefit of
killing most disease-causing bacteria, but it also kills the enzymes
in the meat.

Whenever you eat dead food – food lacking in the natural enzymes that
help you digest it – your pancreas has to work extra hard to provide
more so the food will break down for digestion. This puts strain on
the pancreas that it wasn't originally designed to handle. Which isn't
to say that you should eat raw meat, like the lion. But it's another
consideration when we look at whether humans are designed to eat meat
– when true carnivores eat raw, fresh meat, all the enzymes are
present to help them garner the nutrients they need as it passes
quickly through their short digestive tracts, and the
nutrient-depleted waste is eliminated soon after.

When we eat cooked meat, though, our bodies have to work extra hard to
digest it, using precious energy needed for other purposes, overtaxing
the pancreas, and creating free radicals as the dead flesh decays in
our intestinal tract. But when we eat a plant-based diet, we're
feeding ourselves food that's abundant with living enzymes, which
breaks down efficiently in our systems, and which provides extra
energy by not demanding that our organs work overtime to use it.

On the flip side, the digestion of plant materials takes longer than
meat proteins largely due to its cellulose (hard to digest) component.
This is why plant eating animals have relatively long digestive
tracts. The Inuit (~ Eskimos) have shorter digestive tracts than most
other humans due to the great proportion of meat in their traditional
diet.

The digestion of plant materials is a relatively difficult and lengthy
process, usually necessitating the incorporation of specialized
cellulose-digesting bacteria into the gut of plant eating specialists
and, often, large body size to house the large stomachs, etc.
necessary to the pull required energy out of often nutrient-poor
foodstuffs (think of cows and grass).
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replied November 26th, 2007
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Be very careful of that data, which you probably got from some sort of vegan or pro-vegetarian website or book or some sort. Our bodies are quite adequately designed to digest meat, and most of that information there is incorrect. The problem is, most people don't know how to eat it properly. For example, it IS better to eat it a little more raw, but not TOTALLY raw. Humans learned this a long, long time ago when they started to notice problems from eating it and learned that cooking it seemed to do something. But cooking it too much does make it hard to digest. Also, heavier meats like red meat (steak and so forth) are fine, just not eaten for every meal every second of the day. If you have, say, a piece of red meat every day that accounts for maybe 20g of protein or so, you're fine. You should be eating most of your food in terms of lean meats anyway because it's easier to digest. Eggs, I forgot to mention, are the perfect food because they most closely resemble our own make-ups, so the body has to do minimum work to convert it into usable energy and such.
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