Thursday, July 23, 2009

The low blood sugar saga

So remember that low blood sugar thing from the other day? I believe it's definitely linked to high carb meals. I have been paying attention lately and notice that a normal meal of protein-first-moderate-carbs doesn't cause any type symptoms. But if I eat something that's higher in carbs than I should probably be eating, then I pay the price a couple hours later. Yesterday I ate high carb stuff (Fiber One pop tart) on my drive to work instead of a protein drink. At 10:15 my glucose count was 68 and accompanied by shakiness and lightheadedness. I ate my normal breakfast and was better in 15 minutes. Today I had my usual protein hot chai tea on my commute and checked my glocose count at 10:15 and it was 75, no shakiness, feel fine. I have oatmeal scheduled for breakfast today (about to eat it right now), so I'm curious to see what my count is going to be just before lunch. Yeah - I probably shouldn't be playing around with this stuff and just wait to meet with my doctor on Monday, but I'm curious and want to see what the numbers say after different types of meals. I'm keeping a log of what I eat (as usual) and recording the times when I feel like my blood sugar levels are dropping along with glucose readings at those times. At least I'll have some data to present to the doctor on Monday when I see him. I'm being careful not to play around with high carb meals/snacks when I know I'll be driving within a couple hours of eating - which is when I experience the disorientation stuff. So don't worry that I'm doing anything stuipid at this point. And the saga continues... ~Pam


  1. Hi Pam, I've been "playing around" with "normal" eating way too much since I hit my goal. The further out I get from surgery the more difficult it becomes to focus on the protein. I "feel" so normal and the euphoria of rapid weight loss has subsided. Those "wow" moments are few. That is why I must check your blog often and keep up with OH. My RNY was 11-07 and I did not vear from the rules until I reached, never dumped. Now, I am eating unbalanced way to often & unfortunately too much "normal" junk-food (i.e. candy bar or 2 a day, a cupcake,anything white sugar..bad, cos I'm an addict)and experiencing symptoms like rapid heart-rate, sweating, clamminess,lightheadedness,all around yukkiness, migraine headaches. The migraine could indicate i am peri-menopausal. I haven't had a migraine since 1st trimeseter of preg, 27 years ago, and pre-puberty before they have been hormonally related.

    I asked Steve (foobear) from OH what the difference is between Reactive Hypoglycemia & "dumping" because the symptoms are similar. His response...with dumping there is no blood sugar drop as w/ RH...true? and how do you know which reaction you are experiencing? are you testing your blood sugar levels with your symptoms?
    I am having some lab issues/new health concerns at 20 months out and have always been a stickler about vitamins...can I run those by you?

    I'm not sure how you respond to me within this format so, if easier, my e-mail is

    Thanks, Jo (josully from OH)

  2. Sorry pam, I see that you are recording actual blood sugar levels to answer 1 of my q's. SInce I am unclear if my symptoms are "dumping" or RH, I need to get a moniter and record if I am going to "play around". Which one do you use? ~ JO


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