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Major hypoglycemia - how long until my system balances?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Hi, new to this forum. I just started strict paleo, and autoimmune protocol (no grains, beans, dairy, nuts, nightshades or sugar) one week ago. I am fairly certain but not positive that I have celiac. I have had severe hypoglycemia among many other health issues for a couple years now. No doctor has been able to help me. I decided to go paleo myself after I found some research stating this helps with blood sugar issues. I am a week into it as I mentioned, and I am feeling positively terrible! I???ve seen a few people say that the blood sugar swings should should resolve right away, but I know everyone???s different. And I know I have a severe case (blood sugar crashes immediately after eating anything???carbs, protein, fat, etc). I think I may have oxalate issues as well. Anyway, I???m just trying to reach out and ask questions. Just wondered if anyone has any insight to how long this could take me to balance, etc. I already elimiated gluten, dairy and nightshades 5 months ago. Thanks!

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on July 25, 2012
at 06:58 PM

You don't eat sugar for hypoglycemia if it is reactive hypoglycemia. It will just spike you back up then youll crash allover again. Just eat some protein fat and slight carbs. Preferably 1/3 1/3 1/3.

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on March 28, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Nobody can answer that. It depends on what the underlying cause is. It could be as simple as chromium, manganese, ... deficiency, or something more complex that will take more time to heal. I wouldn't cut out sugar if I were you though.

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on March 28, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Hi trarantula, it would be helpful to see a little menu of what you are eating day-to-day, maybe a day or two's worth. If you could mention what, amounts, and what times you're eating, it may help us figure out what's going on with you.

I had hypoglycemia, too, when I began eating a low carb (not paleo) diet in 2007, but moving to low carb high fat and then to paleo VLC (a year later) really made a huge difference and I rarely have symptoms now, usually do if I splurge on the carbs. It did take about three weeks for my body to settle into the routine.

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on March 27, 2012
at 08:59 PM

You're going to be cleaning out (detoxing) for a bit. It will keep getting better. Just don't eat any crap - stick with where you're at and no matter what, don't binge. It will get better.
The strength of a detox can be surprising. It's your immune system coming to your aid. Drink a lot of water, rest, move slow, don't over exert, and eat plenty of clean and stabilizing food.

OH - one more thing - remember you're changing how your body WORKS on a cellular level. Things have to shift. This is good, but it's not necessarily comfortable.

Have fun!

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on July 25, 2012
at 05:28 PM

I developed SEVERE hypoglycemia the day after Thanksgiving 2010. I am doing "better" but still struggle on a daily basis to feel good. I have discovered the hard way, that just as I don't do well with excessive carbs, I also don't do well if I don't eat enough carbs. It's a delicate balancing act and I feel like I need to be a chemist to eat. In my body, excessive carbs shoot my blood sugar up too high and then I plummet like a rock (I get more symptoms from the fast fall as opposed to how low my blood sugar gets) but if I don't eat enough carbs, then my blood sugar doesn't rise enough after the meal and a short time later I start feeling sick as it gradually sinks lower and lower. I was in a store about 20 minutes after a high protein, low carb lunch on Sunday and suddenly felt the blood drain from my head and my heart starting to race. I checked my blood sugar in the middle of the store and it was 89. Once I get below the 90s I don't feel well. My lunch obviously never bumped me up like a meal should due to lack of carbs.

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on March 28, 2012
at 06:23 PM

Hi Twinkletoes, I recently changed my diet drastically to eliminate a lot, so the below example will reflect my diet in the current week: Breakfast: sautéed chicken and either broccoli or spinach in either olive oil ghee or coconut oil. Snack: leftovers from breakfast. Lunch: salad with greens avocado, smoked wild salmon, cucumber with olive oil and lemon juice. Snack: puréed pumpkin with ghee and cinnamon. Dinner: grass fed organic steak with sautéed or steamed veggies and some oil.

I eat a Lara bar (dates and nuts) if I'm in a bind and needing sugar for the hypo every once in a while. I keep them in my bag for emergencies.

An occasional glass of wine too though I know I need to cut this out!

I have noticed so far into this diet that my blood sugar does not crash as hard as before but still feel bad all day and have many low bs moments still.

Just wondering how long it takes to change to ketosis and feel better!

Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.

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on July 25, 2012
at 06:58 PM

You don't eat sugar for hypoglycemia if it is reactive hypoglycemia. It will just spike you back up then youll crash allover again. Just eat some protein fat and slight carbs. Preferably 1/3 1/3 1/3.

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on March 28, 2012
at 11:53 AM

I have hypoglycemia too and find that the most helpful thing is to consume no sweets, few carbs and eat every 3 hours.

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on March 27, 2012
at 09:43 PM

Were you diagnosed that you have hypoglycemia. What kind of symptoms are you experiencing?

I have lots of symptoms and i cannot eat a lot of food but a week or so i'm consuming lots of quinoia and amaranth which i shouldnt because of candida and stuff. I was strict for 1 year but now i'm eating and eating. I get symptoms from anything i eat but i just hope i didnt do any step backs by eating so much carbs. I really need to heal my leaky gut or candida or whatever.

Also how does someone know if he has candida or leaky gut? Arent symptoms the same?

Thanks!!!

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on March 27, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Thanks for the response. It totally helps to hear this, it's motivating to keep going and to not give in to the most intense cravings I've ever had! And I ate well before this too! Thanks again and anyone else that has any insight please post!

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