Okay, this is a very very obscure one, hopefully someone has some ideas here!
I have been low carb paleo for about 2 1/2 months prior to this issue. I do not beleive its connected to my diet. I get lots of nutrients, eat food with fat, and have had no real issues until recently. Unfortunately because I am following this diet for treatment of what has been a pretty severe digestive issue, I am pretty unwilling to merely up my carbs.
So the story: On sunday I had a meal with a fair bit of cinnamon, some tumeric. I was also on a medication that reduced liver enzymes (no longer), which would have potentiated the spices alot.
Before I even finished the meal, I started a hypoglycemic reaction - Sweats, dizziness, confusion, irritability, faster pulse and anxiety. It resolved, that evening, when I ate some food, including fruits and sugars. Even though I cannot afford a blood meter, it seems to be classic hypoglycemia.
Since then ive been getting it every morning, and every time I go too long without eating. Before this event, I could exercise, sprint, fast, all with no issues. Just ages of no problems whatsoever. It appears to be slowly resolving/getting better, but its concerning and very unpleasant. This sucks!
Basically its "fasting hypoglycemia". Its not reactive hypo, I feel better after a meal.
What i have discover so far is this:
Cinnamon increases glut4 expression, possibly increases insulin sensitivity/signalling and also upregulates UCP-1 (thermoregulator). This is how cinnamon lowers blood sugar in diabetics. Tumeric may somehow increase insulin secretion.
I also had a green tea on that day, which also seems to possess some anti-diabetic properties. Of all of these cinnamon is the most studied, and was also consumed in the largest quantity the moment this all started.
All ive come up with so far is that AA o-6 in eggs and meat, downregulates glut4, and that in studies of cinnamon blood sugars started to creep slowly back up after about 20 days (too long!).
I have considered coconut oil, because it raises fasting BS, and preserves brain function in hypoglycemic diabetics, but have also heard that it increases insulin sensitivity and lowers blood glucose...I am not sure on that now....All very conflicting information there..
Is there any advice anyone can think of that may help me here?
I am basically after some way to speed my bodies natural homeostasis, and get back to conserving glucose for my brain...(e.g. Lowering glut4, desensitizing insulin, lowering ucp-1). My body is storing glucose, and burning it too fast for my diet. It doesnt help that I often cant think as well to research this either.
(Keeping in mind, I have been to a doctor, who was totally dismissive, they arent familiar with any of this stuff, and most people are instinctively outright dismissive of the medical properties of foods or spices, let alone the lack of comprehension of low carb as well. If it goes on, I may try another doctor, but I have little hope that they possess the open-minded intellectualism for the task)
Anything, academic links, explainations of processes, even casual suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks so much, I am so sick of dipping in BS every morning, and between meals. Was at the supermarket today, and started to freak out, loose cognition etc. Even if studies indicate cinnamon effects generally resolve long term, the quicker I can get my body back to centre the better...
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on August 02, 2012
at 01:41 PM
It's interesting that you mention both cinnamon and turmeric, which are both extremely high in Oxalates and Oxalates have been known to cause a bunch of physical issues, besides just kidney stones.
on August 02, 2012
at 06:26 AM
Ok, Jamie, I am NOT A DOCTOR and never going to be one, but I kind of understand.
As you already know, my body is totally out of whack. I gave up understanding anything and I just follow my body's wishes.
I keep a food journal that is very simple. I have two lists: foods I can tolerate and foods I cannot tolerate. The first list is very short. The second can take all the way from the earth to the moon.
There is one very interesting thing I have noticed: I cannot tolerate spices AT ALL.
Two days ago I had tea made with home-grown lemon balm and marjoram. That put me to sleep for half a day.
I would understand if it was store-bought stuff. But made from scratch?
Okay, so here is a list of foods I can tolerate with no problem:
- raw leafy greens (any but herbs)
- raw peeled cucumbers
- raw tomatoes
- raw cabbage family (any)
- raw bananas
- raw carrots
- raw freshly squeezed beet and carrot juice
- raw organic home-grown apples with soft skin
- pastured whole milk
- organic beef liver
- salmon sashimi
- sardines in EVOO (I cannot tolerate EVOO)
- cod liver
- occasionally other vegetables, cooked at low heat
- walnuts and cashews if I shell them myself
No fermented foods, no spices, no cooked foods. No oils, no fats. Basically, nothing else.
I don't know if this list is going to be helpful or not, but maybe it will give you some information?
Here is some more. I was really really really sick when I got into Paleo so I have no alternatives but Paleo. I don't think that Paleo did it for me - it is basically my sickness that does not let me tolerate other foods.
It would be interesting to hear the explanation why this is the final list of foods?
Anyway, not sure if it helps.
on August 02, 2012
at 07:34 AM
Have you considered gastroparesis? Do you always have hypoglycemia in a fasted state? Does it always happen when you eat cinnamon and/or right after you start eating?
on July 19, 2013
at 12:47 AM
You don't want to lower glut4.
on August 03, 2012
at 05:07 AM
you can get a meter for $15 on amazon. the expense is in the strips but if you're just testing when you're feeling poorly you can probably get by with one box for $20. you may be surprised...