Low blood sugar or insulin resistance?

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Low blood sugar or insulin resistance?
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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 3:29pm

I've always seemed to have a problem with low blood sugar since I was a kid. But as I'm getting older, seems like the problem is getting worse, even if I have some protein to stabilize it...just doesn't seem to last very long (especially lately). I read in my progesterone pamphlet that blood sugar can be affected by the meds....and it does seem to be getting worse since I started on those meds last month. So, there may be some correlation there.



But, man, I just

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 6:26pm
I don't know that much about it but definitely have it checked out no matter what.
 


 


Susan V

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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 6:42pm

Danielle,



It is highly unlikely that you have insulin resistance if you are experiencing low blood sugar.

Jessica
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Wed, 09-15-2010 - 9:21pm
Thanks! Yes, that helps a ton! I was kinda thinking low blood sugar too, but I just wanted to hear someone else's opinion. I will for sure mention it to my doctor. Maybe I'm becoming more hypoglycemic. Hmmmm.....
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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 1:08am

Hi Danielle,
I am hypoglycemic and it sounds like we have the same family history of diabetes. Both my brother and I have been hypoglycemic since we were children. I have also had the problem with it getting worse as I have gotten older. Especially while I was pregnant and since DS was born.

Uncontrolled hypoglycemia is a precursor to diabetes. You should, at the very least, research diets for the condition, which generally exclude "white" or processed carbs and sugars. I have made many changes in my diet in the last few years to whole grains, less sugar, and as few carbs as I can manage. It still gets the best of me though. I do so love my chocolate. I'm always craving sugar.

My GP was rather uninterested in my complaints, since i don't think there is really a treatment for it. So when I started seeing a holistic doc to help me with hormonal imbalance (and trouble TTC), she also advised me on the diet changes to make to control it and to take a couple daily doses of chromium picolinate, which is said to help your body naturally regulate insulin and glucose. If I were more disciplined about taking it, it would probably help. As it is, I only take one dose a day so I can say that it has helped, but not as much as it could.

Hypoglycemia episodes can have a serious impact on your stress hormone cortisol and on down the chain to estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, which can also complicate efforts to conceive. So any single episode of hypoglycemia your body can perceive as a "major stressor" such as a death in the family, the loss of a job, a move to a new house, etc. And multiple episodes can have a cumulative stress effect. By "episode", I mean that moment when you start feeling hot and shaky, like you are going to pass out. To eliminate the stress effect on your body, you have to eliminate the episodes.

The difficulty of some cases of Hypoglycemia, and mine in particular, is that if my blood glucose level is tested, it is ALWAYS in the "normal" range, at the low end of the range, but "normal" nonetheless. For my body, though, it's too low, my body doesn't function well when I fall below a certain number, maybe it's 85, maybe it's 80, I don't know for sure, but when I get to the threshold, there is no mistaking it, and it's too late. Point being, it's hard to detect that I am hypoglycemic, but I am. You should definitely discuss with your RE to see if there is any correlation with TTC for you, and with your GP or nutritionist to see if there are any recommendations for diet changes.

Anyway, I hope the above is helpful.

Elizabeth

41 YO - Mom to 3 year old boy

TTC #2 since April '08





Elizabeth-41 Y/O

Mom to 3 Y/O boy

TTC #2 since April '08