I have strong memories of hypoglycemia anxiety from my early days of living with Type 1 diabetes. I counsel people with Type 1 diabetes, and one of the most stressful parts of diabetes for many people is the experience of being hypoglycemic.
Hypoglycemia anxiety can diminish their quality of life, and often results in an ongoing elevated blood glucose level that causes other health issues. Anxiety becomes problematic when we overestimate the dangers that surround us, and underestimate our ability to cope.  We can reduce anxiety by developing a more realistic perception of the dangers we face, and of our ability to cope with them. I have had many patients describe feeling “low” when their blood glucose readings are actually in the normal range.  Many believe this is because they are on their way to a low and will just keep dropping. For those with high levels of anxiety, it can be helpful to develop a hierarchy (list) of fears.
The nursing student starts to look at factual evidence to challenge her belief she will go low and die. If you are struggling with anxiety, or someone you care about who has diabetes is struggling with anxiety, maybe you can try some of the techniques described here.
If your hypoglycaemia anxiety is so high that these ideas seem out of reach for you, then please consider accessing professional support. Michelle Sorensen is a member of the Ontario College of Psychologists and has a private practice in Clinical Psychology in Ottawa. Having had T1D for 64 years and literally thousands of lows i was not anxious about having them.
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Gestational diabetes is a condition in which women who have not previously been diagnosed with diabetes develop high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. Blood sugar imbalance (low blood sugar or high blood sugar) is a condition in which your body does not handle glucose effectively.
This is a HUGE topic, and well beyond the scope of an article, but we will hit the highlights in a nutshell.
Throughout the day blood glucose levels may fluctuate outside of the bodies desired blood glucose range.
There are many symptoms associated with low blood sugar but the following ones are most common.
You can also experience what we call a ‘low blood sugar crash’ which may result in a combination of all the low blood sugar symptoms. When you consume concentrated sugars or refined grains there is a rapid rise in your blood sugar levels.   Insulin is then released from your pancreas and begins to open channels on cell membranes allowing glucose to travel from the blood into body cells. In some individuals, too much insulin is released in response to a carbohydrate or sugar rich meal. When insulin is high, lots of cell glucose channels become opened which results in the blood glucose level dropping too low.
This can also contribute to the cycle of subsequent sugar cravings throughout the day as the body cries out for an immediate source of sugar to bring blood sugar levels up again quickly.
Many people intuitively know that they have a blood sugar problem but wonder if they should get a medical diagnosis.  They ask us if they should get a blood test. Blood tests are great for letting you know if you have HIGH blood sugar but we haven’t found them to be an accurate indicator of low blood sugar problems, your symptoms will give you a much more accurate picture. If you answer ‘yes’ to several of the following questions or say ‘yes’ to just one of the questions marked with a double asterisk (**) then you can safely assume that you have a low blood sugar problem known as hypoglycemia.
Very Important Note: Did you know that ALL type 2 diabetes (onset diabetes) is preceded by untreated low blood sugar problems?  In other words, if you have a Low Blood Sugar issue and you don’t fix it, you are a prime candidate for type 2 diabetes. There can come a time when your cells have let in too much insulin and start now resist letting any more enter.  This is called insulin resistance.
If insulin resistance (precursor to type 2 diabetes) is not corrected, eventually the pancreas will become exhausted and no longer be able to produce adequate amounts of insulin. This is how low blood sugar issues that are not nutritionally remedied will lead to diabetes. The good news is you can reverse low blood sugar and type 2 diabetes.  Here are the first steps in that process. Chromium: is a naturally occurring trace mineral that enhances insulin’s effect in the body, improving the uptake of glucose, causing better blood circulation and maintenance of blood sugar level.


Most food today is very low in chromium, especially refined flour and refined sugars and sweets of all kinds, including even fruits. Add one chromium picolinate (from our online store) twice a day for additional blood sugar balancing. L-glutamine is an amino acid that your body can use as emergency fuel.  For example, if you have a blood sugar crash, from either eating sugar and then crashing or from going too long without food, reach for l-glutamine instead of sugar. It is has also been proven effective for reducing any type of cravings for carbs or sweets including alcohol. Coaching on these and other health issues are provided through my Inner Circle coaching program or Consultation Packages. The information made available in this article is provided for educational or reference purposes only.
I am using this space to put together my growing understanding of insulin resistance, cell biology of the gut, weight regulation, and nutrition. I am a scientist (PhD Cell Biology) so my discussion here will be very specific regarding the cell biology, genomics, metabolomics, and other matters. The material on this page will seem hodgepodge at first but will become more ordered but more complex over time. There is an as yet to be understood relationship between the participation of the small intestine in the digestive process and the regulation of insulin as well as insulin receptivity of target cells. We know of this relationship because patients who have had their small intestines by-passed in the weight loss surgery called Roux-en-Y anastomosis have improved insulin utilization but patients who have had the Lap-Band (adjustable gastric band) do not experience the same dynamic.
It is believed that GLP-1 (Glucagon-like peptide 1) is a critical molecule in this metabolic rescue. The following graphic (source) provides some pathway context for the GLP-1 molecule in this setting. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is derived from the transcription product of the proglucagon gene.
GLP-1 secretion by L cells is dependent on the presence of nutrients in the lumen of the small intestine. There are many tissue types in the body and each has its special method of developing over the lifetime of an organism and its own unique metabolism. Patients in my practice with very high blood glucose levels have learned to look at the evidence and develop more balanced thoughts about the likelihood of a dangerous low.
This allowed her to keep her BG levels in a normal range for longer periods of time, without giving in to the impulse to snack and boost them higher to get rid of the hypoglycemia anxiety she felt.
This can be helpful when patients are becoming accustomed to a healthier range of blood glucose levels after having lived with higher readings due to the fear of hypoglycemia. For example, take some deep breaths every time you sit down to eat a meal or to catch up on email. I have met patients who have underlying worries about the long-term effects of their high blood sugar, but it just never seems like the right time to change their way of coping.
Start with the most intense sources of anxiety at the top of the list and the least feared situations, events or people at the bottom.  Work your way up the list gradually, gathering evidence about your ability to confront yours fears until you are able to tackle the most intense ones on the list.
Of course, all of these techniques need to be used in conjunction with support from family and health care professionals. It is a good idea to speak to your diabetes educator or endocrinologist for support and possibly referral information. My simple advice would always be avoid panic, keep packets of sugar with you always, take medicine and meals regularly, regular exercise and visit a doc monthly or quarterly. I experienced this anxiety when first diagnosed (at 32 of T1D) partly because I had seen my mother (also T1D) have low blood sugars at a young age, when I didn’t really understand what was happening.
I could have used that a few years ago ?? I really appreciate the frankness of the article, thank you! Now that i am older i get very anxious after them for an hour or so but understanding what is happening to your body helps.
No specific cause has been identified, but it is believed that the hormones produced during pregnancy increase a woman’s resistance to insulin, resulting in raised blood glucose levels. Swinging from being very high after a meal, stimulant or stress, to being very low, say if you skipped a meal.
But if too much sugar or refined carbohydrates are consumed the blood sugar goes to high, causing high insulin and resulting in yet another crash.


It then becomes impossible to achieve perfect blood sugar balance and insulin dependent diabetes ensues. Your best protein sources are from humanely raised (grass fed or pasture raised without hormones or antibiotics) animal products ie eggs, full fat dairy (not milk), wild (not farmed) fish, beef, bison, lamb, poultry, etc. Today she is able to reach out to even more women through her regular article contributions to HANS (Health Action Magazine) and her book “Get off the PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster, Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions to Balanced Hormones”.
All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. I may or may not be able to answer your question now but may be able to later, once I have learned it myself. The major source of GLP-1 in the body is the intestinal L cell that secretes GLP-1 as a gut hormone. The secretagogues (agents that cause or stimulate secretion) of this hormone include major nutrients like carbohydrate, protein and lipid.
If they note that accurate carbohydrate counting and insulin dosing keeps them in safe range, coupled with testing BG regularly and carrying sources of sugar for lows, then they become more willing to gradually reduce their blood glucose levels. You can use imagery to imagine feared events beforehand, and prepare yourself to confront them by using cognitive restructuring or relaxation methods. Unfortunately, I cannot tell her that I know for sure she is wrong.  But I can suggest we explore her underlying assumptions and figure out if this belief is very realistic. It is important to develop confidence in her ability to cope with hypoglycemia… yes, it is best to prevent lows when possible, but she can treat the lows quickly and recover from them. If you choose to see a psychologist or social worker, I recommend someone who practices CBT, which is an evidence-based clinical approach. That pervaded into my own experience and my coping mechanism in my school life was to keep my sugars a bit higher than they should have been. Enjoyed the article but T1D is different for each person, take the time to understand what is happening to your body, it do s help with anxiaty. Women with gestational diabetes are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure during pregnancy, of needing a Caesarean section, of developing Type 2 diabetes after pregnancy, and of having children who are prone to childhood obesity and to developing diabetes later in life.While treatment with medication or insulin may be required, the most important treatment is to modify diet and to increase levels of exercise. Once in the circulation, GLP-1 has a half life of less than 2 minutes, due to rapid degradation by the enzyme dipeptidyl peptidase-4. Insulin functions through at least four mechanisms to promote adipocyte differentiation; two of these mechanisms are common to other regulatory pathways (activation of CREB by cAMP and regulation of GATA factors in the sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathway). Humoral factors like Wnt ligands, BMP and TGF- transmit their signals through cognate cell membrane receptors expressed by the differentiating cells. This can be done in conversation with a therapist or by writing down negative thoughts and challenging the thoughts using thought records (see Mind over Mood by Christine Padesky and Dennis Greenberger for a patient’s guide to cognitive behavioral therapy).
I work on gathering evidence to develop new, more balanced beliefs with patients who are overcome with anxiety about hypoglycemia.
I have seen patients reduce their levels of anxiety and greatly improve their quality of life.  It is absolutely worth the effort.
It is a potent antihyperglycemic hormone, inducing glucose-dependent stimulation of insulin secretion while suppressing glucagon secretion. Activation of -catenin signalling is used by both Wnt-family proteins and androgens to repress adipogenesis. Transcription factors often govern the final cell lineage decision during MSC differentiation, and their transcriptional activities are modulated through crosstalk with cell-membrane receptor-mediated signals. I don’t care about using another test strip it if means my blood sugars are better controlled! Such glucose-dependent action is particularly attractive because when the plasma glucose concentration is in the normal fasting range, GLP-1 no longer stimulates insulin to cause hypoglycemia.
GLP-1 appears to restore the glucose sensitivity of pancreatic I?-cells , with the mechanism possibly involving the increased expression of GLUT2 and glucokinase. We have used + and – symbols to denote positive and negative effects on adipogenesis that are not understood mechanistically. GLP-1 is also known to inhibit pancreatic I?-cell apoptosis and stimulate the proliferation and differentiation of insulin-secreting I?-cells.



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