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constantly hungry and hypoglycemic without milk

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 07, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I have this odd thing that goes on with my body if I follow a strictly paleo diet. I'm hypo glycemic --when I go without certain dairy products (most specifically milk) I have terrible acid in my stomach, cannot fill up on anything for the rest of the day, (no matter how many berries, nuts or meat). Milk has the capacity (in my body anyway) of eliminating acid indegestion, heartburn, and/or a pretty rough feeling of starvation all day. I also find that quite often, without a good supply of carbs I can become terribly dizzy, weak,and slow of thought. If I drink a glass of milk, these symptoms immediately go away. I am introducing Almond Milk as a substitute, (and yes it's "Silk") so, sorry, but my body seems to respond quite well to it. And even though my gene pool would have been eliminated on a strict paleo diet millions of years ago, here I am today--and shouldn't I listen to my body now and then so as to not slip into a hypoglycemic coma or at the very least develop ulcers?

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on July 08, 2013
at 07:31 AM

I got the sense (perhaps I'm wrong?) that the OP was very new to Paleo and hence not used to living on "berries, nuts, and meat, with or without milk. The testing will reveal whether its truly hypoglycemia and whether other things should be considered like electrolyte depletion if the OP has very recently and drastically cut carbs. A recent dramatic cut in carbs can also lead to "false hypo" if the individual was hyperglycemic before.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 07, 2013
at 10:36 PM

If the OP's usual food is "berries, nuts, and meat" plus milk, I'd think it would be almost impossible to have high blood sugar (unless they're either type 1 diabetic or drinking a gallon of milk a day). There could be explanations other than actual hypoglycemia, though, so testing blood sugar still sounds like it could be worthwhile.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on July 07, 2013
at 06:17 PM

Axial has a great answer for you, but I would challenge you to buy an inexpensive glucose meter (Walmart's Relion is the best costwise) and check your blood sugar when this happens. I'll venture to guess you're not really hypoglycemic from lack of milk, but you actually run blood sugars that are too HIGH and you are having "false hypos" (google it). If that's the case, you need to learn more about insulin resistance and start dealing with it to prevent the progression to diabetes.

A great resource to learn more is http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.php

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 07, 2013
at 10:36 PM

If the OP's usual food is "berries, nuts, and meat" plus milk, I'd think it would be almost impossible to have high blood sugar (unless they're either type 1 diabetic or drinking a gallon of milk a day). There could be explanations other than actual hypoglycemia, though, so testing blood sugar still sounds like it could be worthwhile.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on July 08, 2013
at 07:31 AM

I got the sense (perhaps I'm wrong?) that the OP was very new to Paleo and hence not used to living on "berries, nuts, and meat, with or without milk. The testing will reveal whether its truly hypoglycemia and whether other things should be considered like electrolyte depletion if the OP has very recently and drastically cut carbs. A recent dramatic cut in carbs can also lead to "false hypo" if the individual was hyperglycemic before.

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 07, 2013
at 06:04 PM

Many people on paleo diets consume dairy. It's explicitly included in the "primal" variant.

Note that milk has quite a bit of sugar (~12g lactose per cup, which is half glucose and half galactose). It's probably fixing your hypoglycemia by giving you carbs and not by removing your need for them. If you want to better understand how milk affects you and look into reducing your reliance on it, you might try incorporating other paleo carbohydrate sources (white rice, tubers, fruit) and see if they have the same effect. But overall, if milk is that good for you and doesn't have any apparent negative effects, then by all means keep drinking it!*

* Raw/organic/grassfed milk is probably incrementally better, but you can be forgiven for not wanting to pay $20/gallon...

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on July 08, 2013
at 06:01 PM

How long have you been on paleo? If you feel that way after only just starting that is to be expected from the sudden low-carb nature of paleo. You should feel better within a few weeks of starting though. Also i noticed you said you feel hungry no matter how much 'berries, nuts or meat' you eat. Where are you vegetables? Vegetables are pretty much the most important staple in paleo, so if you aren't eating those, I can imagine you would be having digestive problems. Try looking into food combining too. You aren't really supposed to eat fruit and meat together, or fruit and nuts together so that could be contributing to the indigestion and discomfort you are feeling. It might not have anything to do with dairy at all. You might have a dairy allergy which causes you to bloat when eating it, and you could be mistaking that bloating feeling for a feeling of being full. Just putting out some possible explanations.

In addition to that, dairy is not recommended for ulcer treatment and can actually aggravate the condition so when you say that without dairy your stomach is burning it confuses me a little. I'm pretty sure there is no way not drinking milk will GIVE you ulcers. I think your body just needs time to adjust (article on ulcers and dairy: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-35538/Why-milk-isnt-answer-stomach-ulcers.html)

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