Friday, September 11, 2009

Sugar Sugar

Okay, so I think I'm finally on the right track. With the help of my therapist, I believe that I have problems with reactive hypoglycemia. I read about a study that showed a relationship between PCOS and reactive hypoglycemia. . .especially in women who are not overweight. I have always noticed that I feel awful after a heavy carbohydrate meal or if I eat lots of bread and sugar. Sometimes when I'm really tired, I get shaky and weak and foggy. I consistently have low blood sugar when having a blood test done. . .one time it was 62.

I have also read that adrenal fatigue is sometimes believed to be chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also believed that chronic fatigue syndrome is closely related to insulin resistance, which many believe is an underlying cause of PCOS. So, I've decided to go on a low-glycemic/little to no sugar diet. Okay, after I finish these amazing cupcakes that my husband made and this yummy banana bread that my sister-in-law made. . .I'm going to try a hypoglycemic diet to see if I notice any improvement. At this point, I'm tired to going to doctors to try to get answers. I have also read that reactive hypoglycemia is controlled by diet and lifestyle changes and I don't need a doctor for that. Plus, it's the same diet that is recommended for those with adrenal fatigue and PCOS, so I figure it won't hurt me. I would love to hear from any of you that have trouble with hypoglycemia and what has helped you. I just pray that I feel better soon, so that I can get back to talking about Olivia instead of my fatigue. :)

1 comment:

The Family said...

Ellie is hypoglycemic. She has had documented glucose levels in the 40s. We have found that it helps a lot to have her eat several snacks a day in addition to her meals. She eats at least every 2 hours or so, all day day long. As long as her glucose levels are stable, she does OK. Otherwise, she gets shaky, clammy, tummy aches and headaches, and fatigue. Now I know what you are talking about and what my 5 year old has are not quite the same thing. Just our own experience. And you are right, high sugar foods just make things worse, they cause a rebound effect that she has a really hard time tolerating