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.
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It’s cheap, sneaked into almost every processed food around, and our tastebuds love it.
So we’re not going to harp on about refined sugars, how evil the sugar industry is, and how unfair it is that we’re all duped into eating sugar by shadowy executives and flashy marketing campaigns. If it doesn’t look anything like something you can see in a field or growing on a tree (like a soft drink, candy bars, most bread) it almost certainly contains added sugar or artificial sweetener.
Such marketing often makes it easier to buy food that is bad for us, but it doesn’t change the truth. Sucrose (refined table sugar) sends your blood glucose level through the roof (see diagram below), as does that other industrially used form of refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup. What that flat line actually means is that the excess blood sugar shown by the spikes on the graph is likely to have been stored as fat in your adipose tissue. That’s how sugar, refined carbohydrate and starchy carbohydrate intake makes you fat. The message is clear: while fat intake has decreased, carbohydrate intake has increased while levels of obesity have skyrocketed. Insulin also stops our bodies from burning fat as fuel,(5) a real problem if you’re trying to lose fat. Excess insulin production is a great way to inhibit muscle maintenance and production, and the fat burning potential that goes with it.
The trouble is that after long term exposure to insulin the insulin receptors in the cell walls stop listening to the message insulin is delivering, and they stop transporting glucose out of the blood and into your cells. This means that you now have uncontrolled higher levels of blood glucose for longer: hyperglycemia. Controlling type II diabetes can be achieved in more than one way; through diet, exercise, and through injecting more insulin. Insulin response and diabetes are just two ways in which excess blood glucose, whether caused by refined sugar or carbohydrates, or by excess intake of starchy carbohydrates, ruins your health.
So straight sugar, refined carbohydrates and starchy carbs (the last in excess) can cause a series of health issues. We firmly believe that the best thing to do is deal head on with the addiction to sugar. Your palate can be trained away from specific tastes, just as any wine or food critic will tell you – it takes some time, but the same can be done with sugar. For those of us who just can’t live without that sweet taste, artificial sweeteners have become another dietary staple. Aspartame (E951): Aspartame has always been controversial, from the politics behind its approval for human consumption, to the industry power and money behind it, to the conflicting studies regarding its safety. We believe the evidence leans towards aspartame being harmful to human life, and we recommend that it is avoided – 75% of all adverse reactions from food substances reported to the FDA between 1981 and 1995 were related to aspartame. Xylitol: Xylitol is a sugar alcohol derived from berries, corn husks, mushrooms, birch and plums, among other things. So carbs are broken down into blood sugar, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that a low carb diet is the best way forward. The Glycemic Index (GI) has been developed to give us an idea of how fast each food gives us its sugars. Even high GI foods can be made better by eating them with a fat and a protein – eating apple with a small amount of cheese for instance.
It is a major, independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD, and the chief risk factor for stroke (accounted for about 62% of strokes). It’s often called “the silent killer” because it can be asymptomatic for many years, and people suffering of this problem can have a sudden fatal heart attack. Elevated blood pressure levels are a common and important risk factor also for kidney failure.
Above-optimal blood pressure levels, not yet in the hypertensive range or prehypertensive, also confer excess cardiovascular disease risk, as it is shown by the fact that almost a third of blood pressure-related deaths from coronary heart disease are estimated to occur in no hypertensive individuals with systolic blood pressure levels of 120 to 139 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure levels of 80 to 89 mm Hg (approximately 31% of the general population have blood pressure in the no hypertensive, yet above optimal blood pressure range). More than half of American adult population is included, considering hypertensive together with prehypertensive.
Note: on average, blacks have higher blood pressure levels than non-blacks and an increased risk of blood pressure-related complications, particularly stroke and kidney failure.
The prevalence of the disease rises with increasing age: over half the adult population older than 60 years has hypertension. The age-related risk of high blood pressure is a function of life-style variables rather than just aging. Studies on vegetarians living in industrialized countries have shown that such dietary habits are associated with a markedly lower blood pressure levels compared with non-vegetarians; furthermore there is a lower age-related rise in blood pressure.
According to a study by a team research of Johns Hopkins University (USA), prevention of hypertension begins in childhood.
A meta-analyses conducted on studies from diverse population, examining the tracking of blood pressure levels from childhood to adulthood published between January 1970 and July 2006, have shown that childhood blood pressure is associated with blood pressure in later life and elevated childhood blood pressure is likely to help predict adult hypertension (note: recent studies show that increased blood pressure levels among children is related to the growing obesity epidemic).
In the last two decades a downward trend of blood pressure has been documented in the USA; the adoption of healthier lifestyle have contributed to this trend and it has given diet a prominent role Moreover, between 1980 and 2000 also the rate of death from coronary heart disease was halved and approximately half the decrease was attributable to changes in major risk factors including reductions in total cholesterol, systolic blood pressure levels (20%), smoking and physical inactivity). These changes need not be made one at a time: the best results are achieved when they are together as shown by two trials in which multicomponent interventions substantially lowered blood pressure levels in hypertensive and nonhypertensive participants. Imagine one of those old movies where the cavemen are get attacked by a saber toothed tiger, or even a dinosaur.
In a life or death situation the body will do anything it can do to live, even at the expense of it's own health. The body will break down, or digest it's own proteins, and convert it into sugar in order to fuel the fight or flight. In addition to the above negative effects of cortisol (increased blood sugar, high blood pressure, poor digestion, poor immune function), it also lowers thyroid hormone. Cortisol inhibits the conversion of T4 to active T3, and increases the conversion of T4 to reverse T3.
Lack of energy throughout the day (often a crash between 3 and 4 PM), but energy finally comes up later in the day. Fistulas are the preferred type of access because it utilizes the patient’s own vessels and does not require permanent placement of foreign materials such as those needed to create an AV graft or catheter.
While a fistula is easier to work with than other access types, that doesn’t mean it’s completely care-free. An AV fistula must mature for several weeks or months before it can be used for hemodialysis, so after it is surgically created, your doctor will ask you to work on strengthening it. Once your AV fistula is strong enough to be used for hemodialysis, it is crucial that you keep it clean.
In case hematoma occurs due to the disruption of the blood vessel, continue to apply cold compress to the fistula even after 24 hours.
1.When hematoma occurs during dialysis, apply an ice-pack (cold-compress) to the area for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours for 24 hours.
Ball-holding Exercise: The aim of this exercise is to enhance the function of the fistula by increasing flexibility of the blood vessel wall and blood circulation. Oats, green tea, newer varieties of breakfast cereals, herbal powders and medicines are some of these that are tried and tested not just by the ones suffering the medical conditions but also by people who want to take the road to good health. One of the biggest challenges in managing diabetes type 2 – (the condition in which the body is unable to use insulin hormone to digest glucose from the sugar) is, always having to watch what we eat in order to manage the condition.
Bad: There are certain high-carbohydrate vegetables too, which need to be taken in moderation. Bad: Refined flour which processed foods such as white breads, cookies, pastries etc are rich in, should be avoided.


Good: Naturally occurring fats, such as monounsaturated fats found in almonds, avocados or polyunsaturated fats found in sunflower seeds are good for the health of the heart. Bad: Refined oils that most of the junk foods are cooked in, cheese, and butter contain saturated fats are high calorie foods which are best avoided. Good: Fresh fruits taken in moderation are good for the health as they are a rich source of dietary fiber and can also curb your craving for sugar. Bad: Stay away from canned fruits which are preserved with tons of sugar or even fruit juices that are prepared using lot of sugar and do not have the nutrients of the whole fruit.
Let’s first look at what brown rice is and how it is different from the regular, more popular version of white rice.
Helps to reduce weight: As brown rice is produced by merely removing the husk, the additional layers that white rice lacks, contributes to high fiber. Cuts risk of colon cancer: Brown rice is a rich source of selenium, a trace mineral that has several benefits to the body. Protects from free radicals: Brown rice is a rich source of manganese, yet another trace mineral, which protects cells from the effects of free radicals that are produced during energy release. Reduces the effects of cardiovascular conditions: For people, especially women in the post menopausal phase of life, consumption of brown rice often is highly beneficial, as it slows down the deposit of plaque that narrows the blood vessels. Reduces cholesterol: Brown rice contains natural oil that lowers the bad cholesterol or the LDL cholesterol. Protection against heart disease: Brown rice consists of a phyto-nutrient known as plant lignan.
Source of magnesium: Magnesium is a wonder mineral that has several positive functions in the body.
Prevents gall stones: Some studies have shown that consumption of brown rice can help avoid the development of gall stones.
It is wonderful to take note that brown rice provides so many benefits and helps us lay a healthy foundation for a good life. To understand how brown rice helps manage diabetes type 2 better, it is important to understand a little bit of the digestion process.
Now, in the case of brown rice, the grain is more fibrous as it has the two outer layers of bran and germ intact. Brown rice is indeed a wonderful food for diabetics to keep their blood glucose levels under check. As brown rice contains more fiber, it takes little bit more effort in cooking this form of rice. It is never too late to switch to healthier forms of the foods that we are presently having. 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.
The bigger and brighter the word ‘natural’ appears on packaging, the more it’s trying to hide.
What matters is the rate at which your body is able to break down those carbohydrates into blood glucose.Not all carbohydrates are created equal in this regard, which is why the Glycemic Index has become a popular tool in assessing how quickly carbohydrate enters your blood as sugar.
On the other hand, raspberries also contain sugar, but your body takes a lot longer to release the sugars from the raspberry into your bloodstream. Long term insulin exposure leads to a plethora of health complications, as we’ll discuss further below. If they’ve been used up, existing muscle is placed at risk, and new muscle becomes harder to create. With relatively large amounts of dietary sugar now a part of every day life, addiction is a reality for many of us. Of course it’s a processed and refined product, and therefore should be treated with caution.
As we mention above, not all carbohydrates are created equal – some are broken down into blood sugar quickly, others more slowly, and as we know, how quickly a food releases sugar into your bloodstream dictates the insulin response. As far as starchy carbohydrates like those that tend to grow below ground (plus rice grains) go, don’t cut them out completely, just restrict them. Prehypertensive people have a high risk (90%) of eventually developing hypertension but this transition is not inevitable. On the other hands, they achieve greater blood pressure reduction than non-blacks from several non-pharmacological therapies (see below). Weight gain, low physical activity, excess in salt, fats and saturated fats, cholesterol and alcohol intakes and low intakes of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable are responsible for much of the rise in blood pressure levels seen with age.
Effects of comprehensive lifestyle modification on blood pressure control: main results of the PREMIER Clinical Trial.
Therefore, in that moment, profound changes take place that change individual biochemistry to maximize chance of immediate survival. Over years this may contribute to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other health problems. The body won't put energy to digesting food if it thinks it immediate survival is in danger.
But In terms of surviving a short term life or death, this response allows people to perform much more strenuous activity then would otherwise be possible. High blood sugar, blood pressure, diabetes, poor immune function, and poor digestion are common problems millions of people live with, and are directly caused by the fight or flight response.
As discussed in section 10, when the body is pushed too hard, thyroid hormone and the metabolic rate goes down. People with adrenal exhaustion often have the most energy at night when they want to sleep.
It can be used whether dialysis is performed at a dialysis center or you perform home hemodialysis (HHD). The AV fistula, formed by the patient’s own vessels, is less infection-prone than a catheter, is less likely than a graft to have problems with clotting and provides good blood flow that can last for decades.
So here are some tips to take care of a fistula to maintain optimal blood flow for dialysis treatments. The more access arm exercises you do to help strengthen it, the sooner you’ll be able to use your fistula. If you experience redness, swelling, fever, or pain, notify your medical professionals immediately. Apply some pressure on the arm to stop bleeding after the needle is withdrawn and make sure that the blood still flows through the fistula. When you do not feel the motion of blood flowing through the artificial vein or A-V fistula, it may indicate a clot in the fistula. It is done by using the fistula hand to perform hand-grasp exercises for 5 seconds and then releasing the ball?for as many times as needed. True to this adage, the clutches that modern lifestyle conditions such as diabetes have over us have paved ground for the mushrooming of several health and food-related businesses. Our ancestors or even family members belonging to the older generation however did not allow these conditions to take control of their lives. There is a stark increase in the blood sugar level upon eating even a small quantity of food. In general, it is important to watch out for foods that have a high level of carbohydrates as they are easily broken down to glucose, which is difficult for the insulin-resistant body to convert to energy. There are however different forms of this wonder grain each created through variety of processes and each differing in its effects on our health.
White rice is produced by removing further two layers, the bran and the germ, leaving behind the endosperm. Additionally, manganese also provides the body energy by helping in carbohydrate and protein digestion. It is in fact a key nutrient that our body requires to moderate the action of calcium and keeping our nerves and muscles regulated. When we consume food, the acids, enzymes and the other processes break down the food into simple elements that can be absorbed by the intestines. It in fact comes as a surprise that rice was at one point in time consumed in its healthy whole format.


Learning new varieties of recipes with such healthier alternatives makes our culinary experiments interesting. 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 then feel the need for another quick fix of blood glucose – have a look at the sucrose lines on the graph again and notice how low your blood sugar becomes after high sucrose intake.
This is important because muscle is an active tissue which burns calories efficiently, and muscle is essential for effective fat loss. The thing we like about xylitol is that the sugar alcohols have much less impact on blood sugar levels than other sugars, making it a better alternative. Dietary approaches to prevent and treat HTN: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. However, in the short term it gets more blood, oxygen and nutrients to the muscles needed for fight or flight. This is the body's way of protecting itself, like putting on the emergency brakes in a car out of control. Instead of thinking in terms of just hypothyroidism, or just poor adrenal function, it may be most wise to think in terms of a dysregulation of the hormonal system.
This is perhaps the most important part of treating adrenal fatigue, and too often left out. An AV fistula is a connection between an artery and a vein creating a ready source with a rapid flow of blood. Your doctor may recommend certain arm and finger exercises that will strengthen the fistula. When you place your fingers over your fistula, you should be able to feel the motion of the blood flowing through it. When you experience low blood pressure or feel dizzy after dialysis, lie flat to prevent clotting in the fistula. Please confirm with us and we will let you know if you need to see a cardiovascular surgeon. Then apply the hot compress (41~46?) to the fistula to widen the vessels to enhance blood circulation. A chat with our grandmother would help us make the revelation that there are indeed several forgotten recipes and foods that were not only a treat to our taste buds but were also full of goodness and health.
While there is no cure for this condition, regular physical activity and controlled eating patterns can help in management of the condition. It is shown that selenium inhibits proliferation of cancer cells and also repairs of DNA of damaged cells.  In addition to this selenium works together with Vitamin E and helps prevent heart disease, decreasing symptoms of asthma, and controlling the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. These lignans are found to be having functions of reducing the risk of breast, other hormone-dependent cancers and other heart diseases.
This further has effects in lowering high blood pressure, reducing effects of asthma and also reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack. When white rice is consumed, it is easily broken down to the elemental form of the carbohydrate – glucose. Experts suggest that brown rice went out of fashion as it doesn’t look good or taste as good as white rice. Some of the common recipes include brown rice salad, fried brown rice, brown rice pie and so on. Please no link dropping, no keywords or domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise!
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. This is triggered by long term factors such as stress, poor sleep, poor nutrition and toxicity and can not be corrected by only taking thyroid medications. The fistula is located under the skin and is used during dialysis to access the bloodstream.
You can also use a stethoscope and place the bell flat on your fistula to listen to the bruit sound. A towel or electronic heating-pad can also be used for 20 minutes each time for as many times as needed. People suffering from these conditions are willing to give almost all of these a try and end up getting disappointed when they don’t see the desired results in their health or well-being. Comfort and convenience have driven us to choose processed foods, which have short and long term effects on the body and health. Processing of rice to enhance its taste has led to health problems taking control over our lives.
Brown rice requires a little lesser amount of water than what is used for cooking white rice. Reactive hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is not the opposite of diabetes (high blood sugar). Although hypothyroidism is much more well known among the lay public and medical doctors, I'm very confident that most holistic practitioners consider adrenal fatigue to be a much larger problem, and something that needs to be treated along with hypothyroidism.
After 24 hours of applying cold-compress?continue to apply ice compress if the swelling area is still very painful. However if patients are old or if theyhave diabetic neuropathy, special care need to be taken by the family to avoid burns. This combined with sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise invites lifestyle conditions to become an integral part of our lives.
Apart from being fibrous, the magnesium in brown rice is responsible for acting as a co-factor for over 300 enzymes. It is indeed high time we start including this brown, nutty, chewy and more superior form of rice to our diet and take the road to good health. A wonderful aspect about eating brown rice is that, it gives us the satiety in just small quantities. Diabetes is far more complicated than this as there are other metabolic defects that occur. Any change in the pitch may indicate a clot (thrombolysis) or a narrowing (stenosis) of the fistula. By eating just a small portion, we feel full and get the satisfaction of having had a wholesome meal. It is heartening to see that brown rice is starting to move from the shelves of organic food stores to supermarkets, thereby increasing our access to it.
Since pregnenolone is closer to hormone replace that vitamins or herbs it is important to test cortisol before taking pregnenolone.
There is more information on saliva tests for adrenal function on my general page about adrenal fatigue.




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