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high/low blood sugar issue

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 26, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Hi all - I've been eating paleo for over a year and a half. I've also been avoiding sugar. Over the past few months, two incidents have made me a little uneasy - in both cases, I overdid it with some higher sugar content foods (10 dates on one occasion, and then 4 blocks of 86% dark chocolate on the other). Each time, I experienced an extreme sugar high (feeling euphoric, silly, etc) followed a few hours later by the following symptoms: dizzy/lightheaded, flushed, weak, tingly fingers/hands, heavy-feeling limbs, strong heartbeat in my stomach, anxiety. These symptoms persisted for over an hour and were really uncomfortable. Wondering if my body is just reacting more intensely to sugar now that I'm abstaining from it, or if there's something else amiss. Let me know if you have any thoughts or similar experiences, o great hivemind!

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on May 29, 2012
at 09:44 PM

you're correct with the low-carb assumption - I've been keeping under 50g a day. Thanks for the response, Agalee!

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on May 26, 2012
at 03:57 PM

you're right, but I am just putting an hypothesis out there!

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on May 26, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Borofergie, you don't understand that a "sugar high" is not the same thing as high blood sugar?

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on May 26, 2012
at 03:38 PM

The OP doesn't mention anything about being very low carb.

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on May 26, 2012
at 02:23 PM

While* ( correction)

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on May 26, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Study points out hyperness not a high feeling. Pretty obvious wife kids will be kids and run a muck regardless of sugar or not

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on May 26, 2012
at 08:33 AM

I'd first try to determine if you have prediabetes or diabetes: a simple A1c test should check that. You can get it from Walmart for $9.99. Seems like hypoglycemia after a high but could also reflect prediabetic neuropathy and other conditions.

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on May 26, 2012
at 07:11 AM

No such thing as a sugar high? That's great! It means I don't have T2 Diabetes after all then. Everyone's blood spikes after a high-carb meal.

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on May 26, 2012
at 06:18 AM

*sigh* You know, you could provide a link to supporting documentation...

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on May 26, 2012
at 04:55 AM

If you're feeling high after consuming sugar it's due to the placebo effect.

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on May 26, 2012
at 04:49 AM

What bull sh*t. Just cause you're not experiencing it doesn't mean other people are. I felt great binnging on tons of halloween chocolate candy, ice creams or cheese cake. True I felt like crap (fatigue) after but there is a "high " feeling when eating sweets. Blame our reward centers.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on May 26, 2012
at 03:31 AM

No, the only effect that hyperglycemia has on energy level is that it causes fatigue.

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on May 26, 2012
at 03:22 AM

Your body is just reacting more intensely to sugar now that you're abstaining from it. Any other questions?

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on May 26, 2012
at 03:21 AM

er, what? Yes there is. Maybe you don't want to call it a "high," but a sudden increase in blood sugar has profound effects on one's state of mind and energy level. I feel it every time I do something like the OP did (and I pay dearly afterwards). I've heard that it's a "myth" before too, but frankly, I think THAT's a myth.

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E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 26, 2012
at 07:04 AM

When you eat a very low-carb diet, your body becomes somewhat insulin resistant just to spare the glucose derived from the few carbohydrates you eat for your brain and force your body to use other sources of fuel, such as fat and ketones.

This form of insulin resistance is not harmful for your health, unlike the kind of insulin resistance that happens in type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and PCOS, and is totally reversible.

If you suddenly eat a larger amount of carbs than usual, this can rapidly lead to high blood sugar levels since your body is in this insulin resistance mode. You can prevent this problem by increasing your carb intake more gradually over a few days to reverse that insulin resistance.

You can try measuring your blood sugar levels next time you want to eat a large amounts of sugar/carbs to see how your body react.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 26, 2012
at 03:57 PM

you're right, but I am just putting an hypothesis out there!

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on May 26, 2012
at 03:38 PM

The OP doesn't mention anything about being very low carb.

5116ef565f85a29d83da32b5122fb8a5

(5)

on May 29, 2012
at 09:44 PM

you're correct with the low-carb assumption - I've been keeping under 50g a day. Thanks for the response, Agalee!

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on May 26, 2012
at 12:45 PM

Go to google scholar and search for: sugar dopamine You will find more research on the opiate-like effects of sugar than you can shake a lollipop at...

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on May 26, 2012
at 10:07 AM

Many of us have sugar sensitively. It if I have it must be like taking cocaine or other drugs. I can achieve huge amounts after it. Work goes into over drive. it's incredible but not ultimately good for me. It is certainly not a placebo effect in any way. Radiantrecovery.com has a lot on the topic. Not everyone reacts to sugar in the same way. For me like you if I am off sugar and then have some it has a major effet. If I get back on to it and have it every day I need more and more and gradually the effect wears off. That is just like so many other drugs too. If I eat cacao blocks raw too it is the same - and they have the same effect on parts of the brain as speed (taste awful too as not sweet).

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211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on May 26, 2012
at 03:16 AM

There's no such thing as a "sugar high", not even from the massive sugar binge you undertook when you ate a whopping 4 squares of Lindt 86% dark.

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?volume=274&issue=20&page=1617

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7963081

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/brainiac/2011/11/surprise_sugar.html?comments=all

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on May 26, 2012
at 03:21 AM

er, what? Yes there is. Maybe you don't want to call it a "high," but a sudden increase in blood sugar has profound effects on one's state of mind and energy level. I feel it every time I do something like the OP did (and I pay dearly afterwards). I've heard that it's a "myth" before too, but frankly, I think THAT's a myth.

A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

(1646)

on May 26, 2012
at 06:18 AM

*sigh* You know, you could provide a link to supporting documentation...

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on May 26, 2012
at 03:31 AM

No, the only effect that hyperglycemia has on energy level is that it causes fatigue.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on May 26, 2012
at 04:49 AM

What bull sh*t. Just cause you're not experiencing it doesn't mean other people are. I felt great binnging on tons of halloween chocolate candy, ice creams or cheese cake. True I felt like crap (fatigue) after but there is a "high " feeling when eating sweets. Blame our reward centers.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on May 26, 2012
at 04:55 AM

If you're feeling high after consuming sugar it's due to the placebo effect.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on May 26, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Borofergie, you don't understand that a "sugar high" is not the same thing as high blood sugar?

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on May 26, 2012
at 07:11 AM

No such thing as a sugar high? That's great! It means I don't have T2 Diabetes after all then. Everyone's blood spikes after a high-carb meal.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on May 26, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Study points out hyperness not a high feeling. Pretty obvious wife kids will be kids and run a muck regardless of sugar or not

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on May 26, 2012
at 02:23 PM

While* ( correction)

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