Glucose tolerance tests help to diagnose type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance - a condition that may lead to diabetes. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson was very interested in the link between alcoholism and hypoglycemia. Unfortunately, despite the work of Tintera and many others, few physicians today have a good understanding of hypoglycemia. The reason I'm so sure many alcoholics are hypoglycemic is that during the past ten years I have found that the overwhelming majority at HRC suffer from this disorder. To understand how these symptoms develop, you have to know something about glucose metabolism. If you are hypoglycemic and alcoholic, your over sensitized pancreas tries to control your excessive intake of both alcohol sugars and refined sugars.
Eventually, the physical stress produced by low blood sugar prompts an outpouring of the adrenal hormone epinephrine, which signals the liver to release emergency sugar (glycogen) to prevent further insulin shock.
Over time, the frequent outpouring of epinephrine (adrenaline) to prevent insulin shock takes a toll on your adrenal glands, your buffer against stress. In an attempt to explain these hypoglycemic symptoms as a psychological phenomenon, mental-health professionals have developed an elaborate concept called the dry-drunk syndrome. A Hazelden Foundation publication on the subject characterizes typical dry-drunk alcoholic as grandiose, judgmental, impulsive, childish, easily distracted, and disorganized. These highfalutin psychological explanations ignore the fact that the symptoms are caused by a physical condition -hypoglycemia- which causes severe metabolic changes that alter moods, thought, and behavior.
Typically, most of these symptoms occur in newly abstinent alcoholics who try to overcome their emotional and physical discomfort by smoking cigarettes excessively and drinking enormous amounts of coffee laced with sugar.
Both caffeine and nicotine cured with corn, beet, and cane sugars can prompt the outpouring of adrenaline that temporarily raise blood sugar, as do candies, baked goods, and other foods containing refined sugars.
Maintaining constant and adequate glucose levels is one of our most important biochemical needs. You cannot recover from hypoglycemia overnight, but in a few short weeks you can feel much better.
Since high doses can affect the liver, do not take niacin if your lab tests reveal any abnormalities of liver function. Chromium levels were extremely low in ninety-one of the one hundred alcoholics participating in our HRC study. Incidentally, you may be interested to know that chromium can protect you against stroke and heart attack. You may have learned about glutamine, vitamin C, magnesium, and pantothenic acid in the exploration of this website, but you may be interested to know how they help control hypoglycemia and stave off cravings for sugar. In the brain, glutamine is converted to glutamic acid, the only alternate source of glucose available to the brain. Alcohol destroys the pantothenic acid needed for normal production of all the adrenal hormones, including cortisone. As you know, caffeine and nicotine aggravate hypoglycemia by setting in motion that now-familiar scenario in which the adrenals release adrenaline in response to low blood sugar, prompting the liver to release glycogen. There is no question that caffeine can wire you and bring on restlessness, depression, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, shakiness, and bone-tired fatigue. If you are drinking five or more cups of coffee a day, you may develop severe headaches, listlessness, and nervousness if you stop cold turkey.
You will soon be rewarded for all these sacrifices with more energy, more restful sleep, and, most important, reduced cravings for sugar and alcohol. In the middle of our initial interview, John stood up and announced that he had to smoke a cigarette. Now, let's take a look at the diet you will be using to bring hypoglycemic symptoms under control. Substitute soy milk or fresh goat's milk or Rice Dream (Imagine Foods, Palo Alto, California) for cow's milk. If you can't find millet bread or brown rice bread at your super-market, try a food cooperative. Cut your salt intake by using lite salt, which is half potassium (needed for cellular energy) and half sodium.
Steam your vegetables (if you cook them in water, you will lose much of their vitamin and mineral content). Keep a lot of assorted nuts, sunflower seeds, apples, oranges, carrot sticks, celery, and other raw vegetables on hand for snacking. Many alcoholics prove to be so reactive to simple sugars that the preceding diet is not suited to them. Over the last few years Health Recovery Center has discovered another effective approach that addresses carbohydrate sensitivity thereby reducing the overproduction of insulin. Maintaining the normal glucose level in blood has become more important than ever for a growing number of people. For a healthy individual in normal circumstances the normal glucose level in blood should be somewhere between 60 and 100. If you have a family history of diabetes and notice that you are experiencing frequent urination, increased appetite, and increased thirst you may be developing diabetes. He collected research papers demonstrating the extent of abnormal glucose fluctuations among alcoholics and sent three different reports on the subject to AA physicians. Williams has found that a vast majority of his sober alcoholic patients are hypoglycemic; many have told him that their hypoglycemia had been diagnosed even before they started drinking. After years of research, Tintera concluded that even recovered alcoholics who have been sober for many years continue to suffer the effects of hypoglycemia. Some may refuse your request for testing as unnecessary or even dismiss hypoglycemia as a fad disease.


In our study of one hundred randomly selected clients, 88 percent proved to be hypoglycemic.
Our bodies immediately convert foods high in refined sugar; white flour, or starch to blood sugar, or glucose (the terms are interchangeable). This so-called postprandial fed-state hypoglycemia is very common among alcoholics and produces tremendous cravings for coffee and sweets.
When exhausted by continuing demands for adrenaline, they no longer have the strength to respond properly.
Our alcoholic patients furthermore state that these binges lifted them from depression to a temporary period of well-being.
All the personality characteristics common to patients with hypoadrenocorticism (weakened adrenals) can be attributed to this hypoglycemia.
Take a look at the list below, compiled by Mark Worden from his 1980 article in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Their pockets are stuffed with candy bars and they habitually reach for colas for a quick lift.
Continued blood-sugar fluctuations to below amounts needed by the brain for stable functioning are a more logical explanation of dry-drunk symptoms than any psychological concept can be. You can banish symptoms and correct the underlying metabolic errors just as our HRC clients do by following a healthy new diet and taking some more nutrition supplements. They will provide you with a steady supply of protein, fats, and slowly available (complex) carbohydrates to prevent the drop in blood sugar that normally occurs about two hours after a meal. But you can combat them with-you guessed it-many of the nutrients you are already taking, plus two new ones. This gastric distress disappears twenty-four to forty-eight hours after discontinuing niacin.
If so, substitute niacinamide, another form of Vitamin B3; it will have no effect on insulin requirements. Refined sugars force a 20 percent increase in the excretion of chromium into the blood, depleting the stores needed to control abnormal glucose fluctuations.
In countries where chromium intake and tissue levels are high, the incidence of heart attack and stroke is low. It provides a ready source of brain fuel for hypoglycemics and helps stave off sugar cravings and hypoglycemic symptoms that develop when blood-sugar levels drop too low. Under these circumstances, the adrenal glands lose their ability to protect you from stress. Blood sugar then rises, and the pancreas begins to pump out insulin, overshooting the mark and causing another drop in blood sugar. With the help of Nicorette gum and the very same nutrient program I am recommending to you, he went off to the north woods of Minnesota for a weekend and came back a nonsmoker.
Some HRC clients are afraid that goat's milk will taste terrible, but most find that it tastes just like cow's milk (but, I admit, it depends on the goat).
The process of high-heat roasting cause undesirable changes in the natural oils the nuts contain. Every package that proclaims low fat or no fat has increased the carbohydrates to replace the missing fats. This information may not be reproduced without permission from Villard Books, a division of Random House Inc. Even as heart disease, stroke, and stroke levels continue to decline the number of people affected by diabetes is rising by leaps and bounds.
This is not a hard and fast rule; however, as the normal glucose level in blood may vary from person to person based on such factors as age, weight, and other health problems. If you experience any or all of these symptoms for any length of time you should visit your doctor.
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Others will test you but misinterpret the results because of the wide variance in diagnostic approaches practiced during the last two decades.
When too much sugar builds up in the bloodstream, the pancreas pumps out extra insulin to counteract the overload. A study published in 1976 in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences reported that affected alcoholics are prone to "headache, weakness, tachycardia, hunger, excessive sweating, loss of concentration and anxiety.
This condition called hypoadrenocorticism, interferes with or destroys the ability of the adrenals to protect you from stress. Very soon, however, they discovered that emotional depression could be alleviated more effectively with alcohol.
They are aggravated in the addictive drinker and persist even in the (recovered) alcoholic.
It compares commonly reported dry-drunk symptoms to those known to be caused by hypoglycemia. Their diets often consist of junk foods high in refined sugars and low in quality protein found in vegetables, grains, and fruits. A surge of insulin quickly pushes glucose levels back below normal causing the unpleasant symptoms and the need for a sugar fix begin all over again.
You'll have to give up both caffeine and cigarettes, but the sacrifice will pay enormous dividends in renewed energy and vibrant good health. Your old friends glutamine, vitamin C, magnesium, and pantothenic acid help keep sugar cravings under control. Russell Smith treated 507 hard-core alcoholics with six grams of niacin a day for six months.
It will help stabilize blood sugar by raising levels that are too low or lowering levels that are too high.
Alcohol eroded the metal, causing him to ingest chromium particles, which were then stored in his tissues.) Chromium picolinate will speed improvement in glucose availability and reverse your hypoglycemic symptoms.


What's more, tests of patients with severe heart disease have shown that they have virtually no chromium available in the aorta, the heart's major artery. Adrenal supplies of vitamin C can become severely depleted as a result of hypoglycemia and associated sugar cravings. But both will have to go in the near future to be successful in your battle with hypoglycemia.
He was subject to sudden panic attacks, spells of heart-pounding and overpowering fearfulness that his physician had been treating with the drug Inderal, a blood-pressure medication that has a calming effect. I suggested that by detoxing his brain and body systems, his cravings for alcohol would disappear.
In the body, this altered oil can promote formation of free radicals, dangerously unstable molecules capable of damaging healthy tissue and promoting the development of cancer. Diabetes, if not properly treated, can result in kidney failure, heart disease, liver problems, glaucoma, peripheral neuropathy, wounds that won’t heal, and an entire host of other health problems. The best way for the individual to determine what the normal glucose level in blood is for them is by visiting their doctor, as the doctor should be able to give the individual good information as to what their normal glucose level in blood should be. Your doctor will administer a glucose tolerance test during which you will, after a short period of fasting, be given a glucose solution orally then your blood glucose level will be checked after an appropriate period of time to see if your body is managing glucose correctly. All Glucose Drink varieties are non-carbonated, packaged in a 10 oz plastic bottle, and have an easy to read volume indicator.
For these reasons, you may need to search out a physician who fully appreciates the impact of hypoglycemia on alcoholism and can diagnose the condition accurately.
Figure 2, gives a breakdown of the types of hypoglycemic curves seen among these one hundred clients. Gyland himself experienced many of these symptoms; at one point, he became so incapacitated that he had to stop practicing medicine. When it does, you may develop headaches and become irritable, anxious, fearful, tired, dizzy, confused, uncoordinated, forgetful, and unable to concentrate. But this respite from depression and craving was of short duration so that continued drinking seemed the only answer. There is good medical evidence that chromium deficiency contributes to the buildup of plaque, the fatty deposits that clog coronary arteries and precipitate heart attacks. After we convinced Brent to give up the forty cups of coffee he had been drinking daily, his panic attacks, as well as his insomnia and tremors, disappeared.
Though there is, as yet, no cure for diabetes the key to managing the disease and stopping the worst effects is maintaining a normal glucose level in blood. After the test your doctor will be able to tell if the normal glucose level in blood is present and if not get you started with appropriate treatment.
Carron, fifty outpatient alcoholics and fifty halfway-house alcoholics were compared with a control group of one hundred nurses and teenagers. It also stimulates the adrenal glands to trigger the release of stored glycogen to temporarily raise blood sugar levels.
Add two 500-mg doses of niacin, one at breakfast, one at supper; you are already getting enough chromium in your multi-vitamin formula. They remained sober and their memories improved, as did their learning abilities, problem-solving skills, coping abilities, sleep, appetites, interpersonal relationships, and job performance. Every one of our follow-up studies at HRC shows that the 20 to 25 percent of HRC clients who relapsed were those who could not (or would not) stop smoking cigarettes.
After you rid your system of these toxic substances, your body will be much more cooperative when you stop smoking. Finally, by eliminating sugar and caffeine and making other dietary changes, he stabilized his blood sugar and achieved a sense of well-being.
Of the one hundred alcoholics, ninety-six proved to be hypoglycemic; only fourteen of the nonalcoholic controls were hypoglycemic.
You may not want them when you're drinking, but most alcoholics begin to crave sweets as soon as they go on the wagon. For the time being, just be aware of how many cigarettes you smoke every day and try to cut down a little.
And natural fats, not the partially dehydrogenated man-made fats, are essential to our emotional stability.
Finally, he pieced together the correct diagnosis of hypoglycemia, which he then verified by a six-hour glucose tolerance test. You will be eating three hearty meals each day, plus healthy and filling midmorning, mid afternoon, and after diner snacks. The gray matter of our brains is composed mainly of essential fatty acids (EFAs) made from fats.
We need these EFAs to prevent depression, to create a sense of well-being, to control hormonal distribution, and to regulate cholesterol metabolism. Both are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, and both can cause memory blackouts and intense cravings. But with the nutritional support you'll get while you're on the diet, it won't be as bad as you think. Hormones are chemicals that are released into the bloodstream and work on various parts of the body. A glucose tolerance test helps to distinguish between this normal pattern and the patterns seen in diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance.



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