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Is this a sign of low blood sugar?

Answered on January 23, 2017
Created October 02, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Hello,

This has happened to me three times in the past 6 months. Once in May, once in June, and today. The first two times occurred while drinking (just a few beers)....today happened during my lunch hour.

Today for breakfast I had a bulletproof coffee (4 tablespoons of grassfed butter and about 20 ounces of coffee). For lunch I had some chicken, kimchi, and some bone broth. When I was driving back to work I started to feel weak. When I sat down at my desk my heart rate was about a 100 bpm (right now 75 bpm) and I was feeling even more weak. Like I was going to faint. I decided to go outside to get some fresh air for a few minutes. Felt so weak I thought maybe I needed to go home. After maybe 20 minutes of feeling horrible...I started to feel better. I drank a bottle of kombucha and felt much better soon after.

I know this could mean a lot of things....but it doesn't happen often. Back in May, I was weak and shaking after a returning from a baseball game (had maybe 4 beers in about 5 hours) and had some fruit about 20 minutes afterwards and felt fine. I'm kinda stumped. I do eat potatoes and rice (not everyday but probably 3 times a week???) and usually have some fruit everyday, although I eat more veggies than fruit. Is this just a random deal?

Thanks,

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I understand that diagnosing anything on the internet is not good. But a lot of this site is based on feedback from people posting opinions and anecdotal evidence form their own personal experiences. Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, I won't take their medical advice over my doctor. I'm just looking for thoughts. After you post, I'm a lot more conerned.

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on January 23, 2017
at 05:23 PM

I don't know anything about bulletproof coffee. Maybe the butter helps? Does it provide enough protein as a breakfast? Sadly as a hypoglycemic I gave up coffee a number of years back because of the havoc it was wreaking on my blood sugar, physical, emotional and mental health. I moved to black and green tea. Not the same flavor but my symptoms are stable. What I find as a hypoglycemic is that I have to keep a steady supply of protein and yes carbs throughout the day. What I mean is at regular intervals so that my body has the best chance of regulating it's insulin because it can predict when it will need it. Every 4 hours of my waking day is a minimum. And starting as soon in the morning as I can. Also right before bedtime. Probably horrible paleo diet advice but excellent, game changing hypoglycemic advice from a dietitian who looked at everything I ate and journalled for 2 weeks. I advise that you also consult a dietitian if you haven't already. I found through finger prick tests eating my old diet that I was seeing sugar levels of 222 which is somewhat dangerous and harmful to the body and it's cells. Non hypoglycemic people rarely go above 120 because their bodies can match sugars with insulin much more accurately. So gather some data and see what is best for your body. Good luck!

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on October 02, 2013
at 04:16 PM

breakfast I had a bulletproof coffee (4 tablespoons of grassfed butter and about 20 ounces of coffee). For lunch I had some chicken, kimchi, and some bone broth

If this is what your normal meals look like, you're probably not eating enough and there is a good chance you're putting your body under too much stress (ketosis) which can lead to a host of issues. I had the exact same experiences -- very very scary. In and out of dotors offices for a while but everything was coming back normal. Before the episodes I was LC for a while (1.5 yr), working out 5 days a week, working 2 jobs (stress), planning a wedding, etc. Life was nuts (and kinda still is) and being LC for that long while working out/going through many stressful changes was super bad idea. I finally had an 'ah HA' moment reading about someone else's experience who went LC and started to experience weakness and anxiety attacks (dizzy, chest pains) and thought that maybe I was stressing my body too much being LC. I upped my carbs to 150-200g a day from starches/tubers and lo and behold, the curtain lifted.

N=1 going too low carb on paleo (which works for some but not for all) caused me some serious issues -- especially when incorporating IF. If you're LC and not eating enough (Fats, Protein etc) then perhaps that's something you should look into. My issues started like yours (once every few months randomly) and then BOOM, hit me full on and I had to take a month of work.

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on October 02, 2013
at 06:26 AM

hard to say having only happened 3 times in 6 months.

As Janknitz says, get yourself a blood glucose meter & monitor your blood sugar levels.

Your symptoms do seem to match hypoglycemia/reactive hypoglycemia. & the kombucha would have given you a sugar hit & raised your blood sugar level.

Next time it happens check your blood sugar level and possibly rule it in or out. Tho if it does test too low, it would seem odd how infrequently it is occurring...

...anyway at least you will be able to take your findings to a Doctor next time it happens & discuss

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on October 02, 2013
at 03:40 AM

You might talk to your doctor and consider calling 9-1-1 if it happens again. If its not low blood sugar, you are taking a chance that it might be something worse like your heart, though it could be something less-life threatening, like a panic attack. But diagnosing on the Internet is never a good idea.

You can buy blood glucose meyers over the counter to watch your own blood sugar, but consider that medical attention may be a good idea.

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on October 02, 2013
at 04:15 AM

I understand that diagnosing anything on the internet is not good. But a lot of this site is based on feedback from people posting opinions and anecdotal evidence form their own personal experiences. Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, I won't take their medical advice over my doctor. I'm just looking for thoughts. After you post, I'm a lot more conerned.

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