Posted by awake at last on October 2, 2002, at 9:00:04
In reply to Re: Does Alcohol give you PANIC/ANXIETY ATTACKS?¿?!?!?, posted by Panic_Attack on October 1, 2002, at 20:57:58
My 4 years of torture - going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what was really wrong with me and determining how to fix it rather than downing pills that didn't help and only gave me side effects has encouraged me to at least share my experiences with others. If I can save anyone else 4 years and the expense of all that testing - it's worth the comments I get from some of the skeptics.
Make sure you keep a normal lifestyle while testing with your glucometer - and monitor your results. After that take a couple of weeks, drink no alcohol and follow a hypoglycemic diet (there are many on the net or you can get one from your local hospital), see how you feel during that two weeks (but don't cheat). If you feel better - odds are good this is your problem.
I really wish I could tell you that this will be easy - but it's hard at first, it's a complete lifestyle change - but the payoff is worth it and it gets much easier as time goes on.
The general hypoglycemic diets are rather bland and boring, so I'll give you a tip - I now pretty much follow the Suzanne Somers diet. She practices what they call eating by combination. She never mixes proteins with carbs., removes sugar, potatoes and white flour from the diet (that's a little simplistic - you need to read it all), but it's a perfect diet for controlling insulin. Do some research on Insulin - you'll see that eating proten and carbs together will trigger your body to produce more insulin than just eating them alone. Her diet allows you to eat quite frequently if desired and only restricts eating during a 2-3 hour period if switching food types. Great for those of us with crazy schedules who eat on the spur of the moment or who like to munch. As well, she has some great recipes that use sugar substitutes for those of us who hate giving up our sweet tooth.
(P.S. - My brother is hypoglycemic and an alcoholic, he's not yet made the decision to give up drinking - and it's destroying his life - if you are not a true alcoholic yet, try hard to control it now, the worse it gets - the harder it is to come back.)
> I am going to purchase a glucometer next payday!! I just spoke with my mom and she just told me my father was hypoglycemic. I dont believe this. What if this is what I have and i am shoving all these pills down my throat (which are not really helping much at all)!! I hope this is all i have... i cant wait to test myself. I really appreciate your reply AWAKEATLAST and everybody else. You have been much help. Im not a full blown alcoholic yet but im getting really close.
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