Posted by fires on March 17, 2006, at 16:19:57
In reply to Re: Insulin is a very powerful hormone » fires, posted by gardenergirl on March 17, 2006, at 14:31:06
> > In these studies, most patients who experienced the symptoms of hypoglycemia after eating glucose-rich foods consistently had normal levels of blood sugar--above 60 mg/dL. Some researchers have suggested that some people may be extra sensitive to the body's normal release of the hormone epinephrine after a meal.
> That's interesting. Because I feel the symptoms of low blood sugar, i.e. feeling shaky, trouble concentrating, irritability, etc. even when my blood glucose level is at "normal" levels, albeit the normal end of low. Often I'll be feeling low and I'll test at 80. We have glucose meters coming out our ears because my hubby has Type I diabetes. But the epinephrine release would explain feeling "the shakes" perhaps. I don't know if it would cause the difficulty concentrating.
I'm going to my internists office to pick up a copy of my lab results, but don't know when I'll actually talk with a doc about them. I'm really eager to learn what my low number was, because the lab tech said it was "very low."
> > People with symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia unrelated to other medical conditions or problems are usually advised to follow a healthy eating plan. The doctor or dietitian may suggest that such a person avoid foods high in carbohydrates; eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day; exercise regularly; and eat a variety of foods, including whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
> That's pretty much what the "hypoglycemic diet" my doc gave me several years ago suggested. It was actually a very healthy plan. I should dig that out, because it would also help me with weight loss, I'd bet.
> So what are you thinking about your symptoms?
I have a lot of food intolerances. Therefore I eat a lot rice and apples. Having said that, I *just* read that the "glycemic index" may be inaccurate.(Hope so).
I think my symptoms must be partly due to blood sugar levels, because they are the same symptoms that the challenge produced (only not as severe).