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    07-31-2012, 09:55 PM
Anyone have hypoglycemia?

How do you deal with it? I've been dealing with it for a few years now, and it never seems to get easier. It just hits me like a ton of bricks, and I can't even hardly walk. I just had an episode and out of nowhere my bs dropped to 56. The lowest it has been is 53, and I ended up in the e.r. I try to eat right. Have you ever tried the glucose pills? I thought about keeping some on me. Most of the time I just down a candy bar. So aggravating!
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    07-31-2012, 10:31 PM
I don't have hypoglycemia, but I do have type 1 diabetes, so I end up dealing with the worst of both worlds. The lowest I have been is 32, and I was still walking, talking and acting/feeling completely normal- talk about scary. I recently tried glucose tabs and overall I am not a huge fan. Maybe it's just the brand I have, but they don't bring my sugar up any faster than juice or a granola bar.
Personally, the best foods for maintaining my blood sugar are a medium amount of carbs (30-40 grams) and TONS of protein. While the carbs are necessary to elevate your sugar levels, the protein will keep it up for longer. That's my experience, at least. Counting carbs may help, if you don't already.
Honestly, candy bars are the worst for bringing up a low, because they have a high sugar content and will spike your sugar quickly, but then cannot maintain it and it drops again. I like to drink a little bit of orange juice (or grape, apple, whatever flavor suits you), then have a couple peanut butter crackers, a cheese stick, a handful of peanuts, almonds, etc. The idea is to bring up your sugar, then have something with protein to buoy your sugar.

Hope things go better for you! PM if you ever want to talk (:
    07-31-2012, 10:44 PM
I never factored in the protein, maybe that's something I can start doing. I get worried because it affects me so bad with the shaking, weakness, and fainting. Last time I went to the doc I had an I.v treatment and they told me if gets down past 47 that theres a chance I could go into a coma. I will defiantly try to eat more protein. I work so much that its hard to keep a glass if oj or other stuff near, but ill try bars instead of the glucose tabs. I can throw those in my work bag.
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    07-31-2012, 10:48 PM
I have had it for 35 years. It is pretty easy to control by diet - essentially the same diet as for diabetes or for bodybuilding, with the objective of keeping your blood sugar level as stable as you can to avoid big peaks and valleys. I eat 6 small meals a day - mostly protein, some carbs, a little fat, and as little sugar as possible. The main thing is to stay away from sugar - it stimulates the pancreas, which in a hypoglycemic produces too much insulin, which ends up burning up too much sugar, causing the blood sugar to drop too far...
    07-31-2012, 10:57 PM
It sounds easy in writing, but for me its not easy to eat small meals. I just don't have time! That's why I was thinking about using the glucose pills. My doctor never really explained it to me, I was just told I had it 6 years ago. I will try my darndest to eat better in smaller meals, but still keep something on me for emergencies.
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    07-31-2012, 11:01 PM
I'm sorry to hear that it affects you so badly. That I don't have an answer for- I get
'shaky' and sweaty (EW!) but I've never passed out from it or gone into a coma (thank goodness). I really like granola bars that are more natural that have whole almonds, peanuts, and dried fruit in them because they are better for you altogether and have the added bonus of protein. Clif bars are ok (don't know if you've heard of them) as they have carbs & protein, but a lot of them either are way over the carb amount you want (around 20-30 grams/carb should bring your levels up) or don't have enough to make a difference! So if you go for Clif, try to get the Clif Mojo bars- they have around 20 g/carb and 9 g/protein- my personal favorite is the peanut butter pretzel, yum!
Another favorite of mine (for lows & just snacks!) is the Nature Valley protein bars- they're relatively new and have around 15 grams/carb and 10 grams/protein each, so they're more for snacking or you could combine the bar with some crackers, an apple, banana, or other fruit, or some juice. They have dark chocolate & peanut butter or dark chocolate, peanut & almond- if you don't like dark chocolate, I would still give it a try, it isn't an extreme dark chocolate and isn't bitter at all.
Regular Nature Valley bars are decent as well- if you eat both bars in the package, you get around 30 g/carb and 5 g/protein, which isn't terrible.
Hope that helps! Good luck.

ETA: Oh man, you don't talk to your doctor about this? I know my case is way different with diabetes, but I see an endocrinologist every 3 months to make sure my blood sugars are under control and I'm healthy. While I'm there I speak to a nutrition specialist who discusses diet, medications, etc. Maybe you should set up an appt. With your general practitioner and voice your concerns. Your health is nothing to mess around with, especially if you're ending up in the ER!
    07-31-2012, 11:43 PM
I did at first, but eventually it got shoved under the rug. Ill make an appointment if I feel it necessary, bit I just don't see them telling me anything that I can't Google lol.
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    08-01-2012, 12:05 AM
I had it much worse when I was younger, not so bad now. Maybe you will grow out of it in time.
I recognize when I am going to get shaky and try to get some nuts in me ASAP. Nuts or cheese are my go to helpers.
    08-01-2012, 12:19 AM
Honestly, I felt the same way in middle school, the first few years I was diagnosed- I felt like I was just being lectured at and I hated it. But they can really help you, especially if you feel like the hypos are interfering with your everyday life.
Good luck. (:
    08-01-2012, 06:49 PM
Green Broke
Having had gastric bypass I have this issue badly. If I eat one cookie my blood sugar can drop into the 30s. About once a week I inadvertently eat something that normally wouldn't bother me and my protein for te day isn't high enough and I hit 42.
I am very cautious to eat 80 grams of protein a day. I keep my carbs down and don't eat sugar. If I feel low I eat peanut butter and about 2 oz of orange juice. Carry nuts and dried fruit, careful it's not sugared dried fruit.
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