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 love. I feel so much better and never get shaky, even when I fast for 16 hours or so (I did fast-5/Primal) for a while.
On blood tests my fasting blood sugar is around 70 or so. Never raised a concern. I am now on an EMT team and got a new glucometer for my kit. Someone asked what my "normal, during the day" blood sugar was (since my mom got diabetes a few years ago). I didn't know so I have begun testing several times a day.
Here's the thing: my blood sugar is in the 80's upon waking. 45 minutes after breakfast (buffalo burger/veggie scramble in coconut oil or something similar - protein and good fat) it will be the same or even a couple of points lower. Mid morning and again 30-45 minutes after lunch it is still in the 80's or so. The test numbers seem to be stable no matter if I eat, don't eat, or have just slept 8 hours. The last several months I probably average 20-50 carbs a day - mostly from veggies, Chobani yogurt and Kombucha tea. Are these numbers bad or okay?
The facility nurse says my pancreas is over-producing insulin and it will wear out soon if I don't "fix" this. I got the impression I would die a horrible death. I was told to eat something sugary every few hours in order to always keep my blood sugar number over 100. Seriously, this goes against what seems natural to me. I don't feel tired or bad at all. Is it more important to have your blood sugar levels above 100, or is it okay/healthy if they are stable in the 80's? I want to be as healthy as possible so I'll fix this if I need to.
Thanks for any info or guidance. Jennifer (41 yr female)