Many people know that low blood sugar or hypoglycemia (HG) is usually associated with a person with type-1 diabetes. One reason why this happens is because we are able to decrease medications including insulin that a person with type-1 diabetes must take.
The purpose of this article is to talk about reactive hypoglycemia (RHG), a far more common occurrence. When one eats too many carbs, especially simple sugars and starches, glucose is digested and dumps in the blood quickly. To cope with a sudden drop in blood sugar your body will take steps to restore blood sugar levels. In my clinical experience in working with thousands of patients undergoing glucose and insulin tolerance tests, the most common time for a drop in blood sugar was about 3 hours after the glucose challenge. The more common symptoms were: shakiness, tremors, sweating, headache, irritability, short temper, mental confusion, decreased coordination, insomnia, mood changes such as depression and anxiety, skipped heart beats, palpitations, blurred vision, fatigue, lightheaded-ness, hunger, and cravings. Stabilizing blood sugar requires a dietary change to restrict the kinds of carbohydrates that have the most negative effect on blood sugar. I began dieting off and on in my teens by stopping bread and sugary desserts and decreasing calories. Finally I knew I needed to see a doctor especially since the cardiac symptoms were quite uncomfortable. Because Dr Atkins understood the progression of blood sugar and insulin dysregulation that could ultimately lead to type-2 diabetes, he knew how effective the proper level of carb restriction was to reverse this process. If you have a question that needs a response from a member of our team, please CONTACT US. I cried to give up all my favorite foods, and I said I would rather be blind and deaf than give up bread and milk. Disclaimer: The information presented in this website is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for medical treatment. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to keep your blood sugar in the range your doctor has advised, it can be too high or too low.
Your blood sugar may be too high if you are very thirsty and tired, have blurry vision, are losing weight fast, and have to go to the bathroom often. Testing your blood sugar often, especially when you are sick, will warn you that your blood sugar may be rising too high. If you are not sick and do not have ketones in your urine, going for a slow walk or some other easy exercise may lower your blood sugar.
If your blood sugar drops too low, you can have a low blood sugar reaction, called hypoglycemia.


If a person has a genetic risk for diabetes they are likely to be carbohydrate intolerant to some degree. At any stage in the breakdown of insulin regulation one can intervene by changing diet to limit carbs and lose the excess weight and probably avoid diabetes. Our patients logged in symptoms they experienced during the test allowing us to correlate these with blood sugar changes. In susceptible people migraine headaches, a re-occurrence of atrial fibrillation, panic attacks, or even seizures occurred. Adopting this kind of lifestyle can decrease your chances of developing type-2 diabetes and normalizing your weight. I would wake up after a few hours sleep with a racing heart, skipping beats and palpitations. It was only later that I realized that my symptoms got better when I was trying to lose weight and got worse when I resumed my favorite carbs.
Not only could people lose excess weight but blood sugar and insulin regulation could ne normalized.
At any stage of carbohydrate intolerance from hypoglycemia to metabolic syndrome to type-2 diabetes, The HEAL Protocol can help you get healthier and stay healthier too. It has kept me thin and healthy, while all my friends turned into fat, lethargic, unhealthy grandmas. Use this information in conjunction with the guidance and care of your physician as you would for any diabetes management, weight-loss, or weight maintenance program, especially if you are taking medications, including diuretics or medication for blood pressure or diabetes. Diabetes can affect the retina in the back of the eye, resulting in loss of vision or blindness if not treated early. That is why it is very important to test your blood and keep taking your medicine (insulin or diabetes pills) when you have an infection or are sick. In this situation HG not only causes severe symptoms that diminish onea€™s quality of life but can be lethal. It is not likely to cause death but is associated with a long list of symptoms that can interfere with everyday life. Any excess glucose is stored as glycogen and when the glycogen store is full, the glucose gets stored as fat in fat cells. This means their cells may be resistant to the effects of insulin requiring more and more to be produced in order to deal with the carbs in the diet. In the past it took years to develop full blown type-2, unfortunately with our dietary culture, we now see kids and teens diagnosed with it.
Your brain especially, does not like blood sugars that are too high, too low or drop to fast.


I know now that with hormone changes insulin resistance increases and blood sugar regulation can worsen.
As a nurse I knew better than to let myself gain too much given my genetic proclivity to obesity and diabetes. In the morning if I hadna€™t eaten breakfast or had a sugary breakfast item I would get irritable, internal shakiness, tremors of my hands, difficulty concentrating, decreased coordination, intense hunger, and cravings for sugar.
I have him to thank for showing me the way to avoid type-2 diabetes and keep my weight normal. He did a 6 hour glucose tolerance test, and he told me that every time I eat carbs, my insulin overdosed me. After one week of huge whiny pity-party, ketosis kicked in and I had ENERGY, MENTAL CLARITY and no more depression. Whether or not you are at your goal weight, changing your diet under the HEAL Protocol likely will require a change in your current medication dosages. You may need a change in your insulin shots or diabetes pills, or a change in your meal plan. It is caused by taking too much insulin, missing a meal, delaying a meal, exercising too much, or drinking too much alcohol. One of the benefits of carbohydrate restriction in a person with type-1 is that blood sugar swings even out with more moderate highs and far less hypoglycemic reactions. Symptoms of RHG are often treated with prescription drugs but because it is the result of lifestyle it should be treated with lifestyle changes.
It felt like sleeping pill every time I ate, but I had felt that way my whole life, so I had nothing to compare it to.
I think this is the Fountain of Youth and I now I could kiss that doctor’s feet for telling me to eat meat, fat and leafy greens instead of carbs.
As with any weight-loss plan, the weight-loss phase of the HEAL Protocol should not be used by patients on dialysis or by pregnant or nursing women, or anyone under the age of 18, unless under the guidance of their physician. High blood sugar can happen if you miss taking your diabetes medicine, eat too much, or don't get enough exercise. Reactive hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is not the opposite of diabetes (high blood sugar). Diabetes is far more complicated than this as there are other metabolic defects that occur.



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