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Hypoglycemia after high carb/sugar meals?

Commented on September 04, 2013
Created September 03, 2013 at 6:33 AM

One thing i've noticed about myself since going paleo, is that i binge eat when i give myself the chance. Even a bit too much fruit or honey can make me want to go on a sugar rampage. It's something i'm working on.

A couple of weeks ago i had an incident where i went through breakfast without eating (as usual), and ate pretty much just fruit and dark chocolate for lunch. A LOT of sugar. A few hours later i started to feel hungry and shaky, went to make dinner and started eating it. Finished dinner and it got worse. I was clammy, shaky, cold, thirsty, both of my arms had pins and needles and pretty much numb. My parents were worried so called an ambulance. The paramedics tested for anything serious, blood pressure, blood sugar etc said i was perfectly healthy and it probably anxiety.

Went to the doctor who tested my blood sugar and said everything was fine, it was probably a one off. I've been eating breakfast since then and trying to add in more safe starches, get plenty of protein fat etc, which makes me feel better. I notice i can get like it after exercise. I had a bit of a treat day yesterday and the same thing happened, but not quite so bad. Could barely sleep all night.

I know that this is my own fault, i still have some issues with food. I go long times eating perfectly and probably overwhelm my body with "gluten free" crap and sugar. I just don't know if I've done damage from this swing of low to suddenly high carbing. I suspect i might have a thyroid imbalance form gut issues, but i don't know if this can really mimic all the symptoms of diabetes and cause blood sugar issues. Can diabetes go undetected from just a basic blood sugar test?

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on September 04, 2013
at 02:18 PM

The fact that you have these occasional urges to go on carb binges like that indicates that your metabolism isn't entirely "healthy". It's not a moral failing or mental weaknes that causes such binges, it's a metabolic issue that is revealing itself a little more clearly now.

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on September 03, 2013
at 06:09 PM

Thanks, that was an interesting read. Can these happen with supposedly healthy people then? I've been quite stressed recently and think that's related. It's just how the symptoms have been persistent since the first time it happened. I think a complete 30 days of paleo is in order. Thanks again for the link :)

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on September 03, 2013
at 06:04 PM

I haven't. I guess i'd need a bit of kit to test my blood sugar levels?

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on September 03, 2013
at 12:08 PM

Have you ever checked your blood sugar 1 and/or 2 hours after meals ?

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on September 03, 2013
at 05:14 PM

You may be experiencing "false hypos". Jenny Ruhl explains them here: http://diabetesupdate.blogspot.com/2007/07/type-2s-understanding-false-hypos.html?m=1

They feel every bit as bad as the real thing, but your blood sugar isn't falling into a true danger zone. The way to prevent these is to avoid big excursions in your blood sugar. Avoid spiking your insulin with junk. Eat adequate protein and plenty of fat and a reasonable level of carbs from veggies, fruit, and starchy vegetables, not junk food. Especially avoid eating carbs alone, as the blood glucose spike and drop will trigger the binging.

If you eat good foods to satiety with a good balance of protein fat and carbs you'll stay satiated and that urge to binge won't be triggered.

C16e2e3642960bfaabee1c1c7fbf9df1

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on September 03, 2013
at 06:09 PM

Thanks, that was an interesting read. Can these happen with supposedly healthy people then? I've been quite stressed recently and think that's related. It's just how the symptoms have been persistent since the first time it happened. I think a complete 30 days of paleo is in order. Thanks again for the link :)

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on September 04, 2013
at 02:18 PM

The fact that you have these occasional urges to go on carb binges like that indicates that your metabolism isn't entirely "healthy". It's not a moral failing or mental weaknes that causes such binges, it's a metabolic issue that is revealing itself a little more clearly now.

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