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by 0 · August 07, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I've been advised to stop snacking. I was recently told by my doctor i have reactive hypoglycemia after having a 3hr glucose tolerance test done. A peer advised I stop snacking because my body may be getting used to having an insulin release too... (more)

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biel88 0 · August 07, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The bacon I eat is Applegate Uncured...I usually do cook the eggs in the grease. This morning though, I cooked my eggs in a separate pan in some Kerrygold. I think I'm just going to have to up my fat. I do NOT want to gain weight - I want to lose... (more)

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by 15 · January 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Please help me. I used to be severe hypoglycemic and eating paleo improved my symptoms. I used to have nocturnal hypoglycemia eating the SAD, like 40 the whole night... I even ended up in the ER several times. I'm from Portugal and doctors are... (more)

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by 0 · October 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

I am a Type 1 (diagnosed 8 years ago, now 28) who just started paleo 3 weeks ago and I definitely have noticed a difference in my blood sugars (yay!). I was just wondering - other than treating lows with almond butter/apple slices or just fruit... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · October 31, 2013 at 7:48 PM

I don't have an answer for you, but if you eat on the low carb end of Paleo, you may find that your hypo events become exceptionally rare. See this for... (more)

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by 384 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

One thing i've noticed about myself since going paleo, is that i binge eat when i give myself the chance. Even a bit too much fruit or honey can make me want to go on a sugar rampage. It's something i'm working on. A couple of weeks ago i had an... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · September 03, 2013 at 5:14 PM

You may be experiencing "false hypos". Jenny Ruhl explains them here: http://diabetesupdate.blogspot.com/2007/07/type-2s-understanding-false-hypos.html?m=1 They feel every bit as bad as the real thing, but your blood sugar isn't falling into a... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Hey all, Long time reader -- thanks to everyone on here for providing such helpful informartion. Stats: 26yo Female 100 lbs @ 5'5 (small boned, have always been small) Following a 90% paleo diet for about 1.5 years (had occasional frozen... (more)

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mk07 0 · August 25, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I wish I had the answer... :( I have the same issue. It is called reactive hypoglycemia. I can't tell you how many times I passed out. I started out by having levels in the 60's 1h after eating, with the feeling I could kill someone if I didn't... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

If you have hypoglycemia (either reactive or fasting) could you please share any tips? What works for you? I know I suppose to have one avocado per day. Are blueberries allowed? Also, were you officially diagnosed by the doctor and how did... (more)

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Karen 0 · August 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Go over to bloodsugar101 and take a look at the info for eating to your meter. This refers to eating according to the blood sugar testing done with a glucometer. While the site is geared to people with diabetes the considerations are similar. You... (more)

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by 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Is it hypoglycemia? What do I eat with that? I know how to cure type 2 diabetes (Newcastle study) but not sure if it is the same for high insulin levels. I have checked all hypoglycemia plans and it seems that they say to have a snack every 2... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · August 08, 2013 at 1:55 AM

High insulin can mean insulin resistance. Your cells don't respond to the normal amount of insulin secreted, so you secrete more and more, until the cells finally respond. This is common in Syndrome X and women with PCOS. It's probably the... (more)

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by 65 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Short medical / diet history: In 2002, I gained about 77 lbs in just six months (going from 163 -> 240) due to depression diagnosis and mirtazapine medication. Have been the same weight (+/- 20 lbs) ever since, about 100 lbs overweight (I'm... (more)

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Kevin_38 0 · July 22, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Take licorice extract first thing in the morning. It's great for people with low cortisol because it conserves the cortisol your body does make. Here's the licorice I take - http://amzn.to/12Z432k One important thing about taking licorice -... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I have this odd thing that goes on with my body if I follow a strictly paleo diet. I'm hypo glycemic --when I go without certain dairy products (most specifically milk) I have terrible acid in my stomach, cannot fill up on anything for the rest of... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · July 07, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Axial has a great answer for you, but I would challenge you to buy an inexpensive glucose meter (Walmart's Relion is the best costwise) and check your blood sugar when this happens. I'll venture to guess you're not really hypoglycemic from lack of... (more)

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by 229 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

A friend of mine is recently lower-carb paleo and has T1D. He experiences a "low" when he wakes up and after a good riding practice. Usually he drinks Orange juice to bring his sugars back up then also experiences another low then. He would... (more)

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Paleo_Moxie 0 · June 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

My question would be: What is he eating prior to working out or going to bed? Making sure he has plenty of protein and healthy carbs before the workout are key to avoiding blood sugar drops after working out or upon wakening. After the workout,... (more)

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by 39821 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I had been plagued by this for about the last 20 years. Was able to manage it with certain diet compositions, but I knew there was some nutrient missing. Tried magnesium, zinc, chromium etc. with no perceptible difference. I then decided to try... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · May 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM

(I'm going to answer just because this is too big for a comment) First off, let me get out of the way that this is a very interesting and potentially useful hack. Thanks for sharing it. Second off, let me add the disclaimer that I do not have... (more)

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by 112 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Hello. It seems to be well known that high amounts of carbohydrates can cause drowsiness, though most sources relate dizziness and lightheadedness to low amounts of carbohydrates in the diet. However in my experience it seems that carbohydrates... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · April 01, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Sounds like reactive hypoglycemia. For me at least, it's a lot worse with low-carb or with high glycemic carbs like bread or sweet potato/potato. The best carbohydrate sources for me have been basmati rice and fruits where the fructose exceeds the... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I have been strict low carb paleo for over 18 months, so am well over low carb flu territory. The one thing that I still struggle with is that I experience hypoglycemia the rest of the day after I exercise. I have quite severe reactive... (more)

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Hannah__1 0 · February 11, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Hello, I'm a type 1 diabetic on a continuous glucose monitor, so i can see exactly what my blood sugar does post workouts. I notice that my blood sugar drops 2-3 hours after a wights session. I just plan to eat then. Maybe you could try adding... (more)

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by 2904 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

I've seen reports from people, some of whom mentioned they were in Ketosis, that their blood sugar readings are scary low. I think someone on here posted once how they had a reading of 50something, but felt fine. I'm not diabetic, but I check my... (more)

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Alvaro 0 · December 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I've had it as low as 48 sometimes and feeling fine, the doc told me that if you live an active life and feel fine, this is a safe glucose level to maintain

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by 260 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

After doing extensive research on the internet to correct my low cortisol levels especially in the A.M. I found out that pregnenolone and dhea are the most subscribed supplements to counteract low cortisol levels. Pregnenolone is pretty much a... (more)

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drschuler 0 · November 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Seems plausible, yet if damage has been wrought to the adrenal cortex, hypothalamus, and/ or pituitary, more support will be needed. Nutrients and natural products may be used. A lot of these conversions from cholesterol to sex hormones and... (more)

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by 163 · September 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM

My dad is type 2 diabetic, and also has heart and blood pressure issues. I'm really trying to get him to eat a somewhat low/moderate carb paleo diet. My main concern is if a low/moderate carb diet will put him at risk for ketoacidosis and... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · September 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

A low carb diet is a great way to stablize blood glucose at a good level. Low carbing does NOT make you hypoglycemic, overeating carbs DOES. Diabetes Type 2 is an advanced form of insulin resistance. That means the cells don't respond to insulin... (more)

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by 1029 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I'm on a budget and want some suggestions on the above cheap carbs w low glycemic index. It can include suggestions of beans and recipes or preparation suggestions.

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Natasha_1 0 · August 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Try eating lettuce salads with lots of raw veggies & a good fatty dressing. Add some berries. Very low glycemic, inexpensive and oodles of nutrition. I don't think beans would be your best bet. Filling yes but very hard to digest & high in... (more)

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by 1029 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I have hypoglycemia and was on very low carb diet until I learned that w only fat and protein thsfe is an insulin spike however smALL. I now eat 30 30 30 more or less. I of course eat every three hours.

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Heidi_1 0 · August 12, 2012 at 1:04 AM

I used to have severe hypoglycemia. For almost 15 years I followed something close to the Zone Diet with a 30-30-40 ratio of fat/protien/carbs. My hypoglycemia got better for awhile, but then started to slowly go downhill. I was really in bad... (more)

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by 5381 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Okay, this is a very very obscure one, hopefully someone has some ideas here! I have been low carb paleo for about 2 1/2 months prior to this issue. I do not beleive its connected to my diet. I get lots of nutrients, eat food with fat, and have... (more)

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BoneBrothFast 0 · August 02, 2012 at 1:41 PM

It's interesting that you mention both cinnamon and turmeric, which are both extremely high in Oxalates and Oxalates have been known to cause a bunch of physical issues, besides just kidney stones.

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by 260 · September 16, 2014 at 7:49 PM

After 3 weeks of constant digestive, hypoglycemia and panic attacks that caused crushing cheat pain, dizziness, tingling, rapid heart beat lasting minimum 4 hours...I knew the paramedics by name. Every test was done for heart, diabetes,... (more)

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Jamie_14 0 · July 06, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Thanks for sharing, but this isnt a question. A further question for you though might be why is acid coming up from your stomach? Bacterial infection/SIBO? Heliobacter? Low stomach acid? Weakened LES? Doesnt sound like a fully fleshed out... (more)

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by 20 · September 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I've read through all of the previous posts that I can find, but I can't find a solid answer. I started getting nasty headaches/lightheaded/brain fog after eating meals. All meals - low carb, add a potato, anything. I finally bought a glucose... (more)

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Sam_Knox 0 · June 26, 2012 at 2:27 PM

If you have this reaction regardless of the macro content of the meal, maybe it's the size of the meal. Have you tried smaller meals within your eating window? Anyway, I'd try smaller meals first. Also, you could try reducing protein and... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Hi! Quick question - in 1991 the Army did some testing on my and decided that I have "reactive hypoglycemia". I used to have to eat every few hours or I would get shaky. I adopted a low carb, Paleo, primal-type diet a couple years ago which I... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · June 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I would seriously question the RN's ability to do her job properly. That is the most nonsensical advice she could give. 80 is a perfectly normal level. Hypoglycemia is a concern when your glucose is below 70.

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Hi, I'm on day 5 of the paleo diet and I'm reactive hypoglycemic. I'm still eating carbs (fruit and sweet potato) but feel like I need to cut the fruit because my blood sugar has been so out of whack. I've also lost 5 l. Which is a problem for me... (more)

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borofergie 0 · May 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

It's a bit grey from a Paleo point of view, but (as long as you can tolerate it) you can't really beat dairy as a low-carb calorie source. Start eating heavy whipping cream with everything, and start upping your cheese intake.

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by 253 · September 16, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Hi guys. I've been following a cheat mode protocol of <20g carbs before working out in the aftenoon with ~80g carbs with dinner for the past few weeks. I do crossfit 4x a week and generally fast every morning. Today there was a free blood... (more)

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borofergie 0 · June 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM

A ketogenic diet shouldn't cause hypoglycemia, the reverse in fact. Ketosis is your metabolism's way of protecting against hypoglycemia - switching it's fuel supply from glucose to fatty acids and ketones. As a diabetic, I can tell you that the... (more)

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by 323 · September 16, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Hi Peeps, The reason I ask this is I went for a meal on Sunday and felt shocking (LC flu) on Monday, however I'm wondering if this reaction is more hypoglycemia than the flu we describe? I have no idea how much sugar, corn flour etc.. was in my... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · April 03, 2012 at 1:49 PM

If you are low to very low carb - say under 50 grams per day - you have very likely induced peripheral (muscular) insulin resistance due to the high level of free fatty acids running around in your blood stream. Eating a high carb meal under those... (more)