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Can Dehydration Cause Reactive Hypoglycemia

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Avoiding “the Bonk”: 5 Tips For Dealing With Reactive Hypoglycemia [when Getting The “sugar Shakes” Has Nothing To Do With The Limited Edition Shamrock Shake At Mcd’s ]

This morning dawned (?) dark, rainy and cold – the perfect time for my scheduled park workout! Because I’m bad at planning! After dragging myself out of bed at the crack of black and convincing my friend to as well, we did a quick half hour circuit of body weight exercises and sprints. It was one of those workouts that doesn’t feel too rough when you’re doing it but really takes a lot out of you, especially if you’re not used to high-intensity interval training. So when my friend texted me a half hour later saying she was shaky, couldn’t get warm and also couldn’t lift her arms over her head, I felt bad for not warning her about the possibility of getting the dreaded sugar shakes. You know, how you sometimes get shaky, light-headed, nauseated, cold, and mentally foggy during or right after a workout? That completely miserable feeling like you kinda want to puke or die? Yep, sugar shakes. I’ve so been there. Which makes it sound like we’re sugar junkies jonesing for our next hit of the white granulated stuff (confession: I kind of am) but in reality something as simple as an early morning workout before breakfast can throw your blood sugar was all out of whack. I u Continue reading >>

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  1. Skald the Rhymer

    At least, not directly?
    I have type-2 diabetes which I manage by exercise, diet, and, when absolutely necessary, oral medication. Generally my blood glucose control is good, but every so often I go high for one reason or another. The last time it happened I was with another diabetic I know, woffhandedly commented that I'd need to drink a lot of water that day to bring my blood sugar down. I commented that, yes, I probably would be thirsty and need to drink a lot of water, but that the water ingestion itself was not going to be responsible for the lowering of my BG; she disagreed, saying that she believed that the water drinking, in and of itself, would be helpful.
    Any thoughts on who is correct?

  2. Rachellelogram

    I have reactive hypoglycemia and am for all purposes pre-diabetic, so I get crashes as opposed to highs. Water doesn't alleviate my symptoms and I can't think why it would help you OR me. The only things that bring mine back up are eating, or smoking for a quick counter to the adrenaline rush.
    Unless she's a medical professional, I see no reason to take her seriously. Sounds like she's conflating correlation.

  3. Skald the Rhymer

    I have reactive hypoglycemia and am for all purposes pre-diabetic, so I get crashes as opposed to highs. Water doesn't alleviate my symptoms and I can't think why it would help you OR me. The only things that bring mine back up are eating, or smoking for a quick counter to the adrenaline rush.
    Unless she's a medical professional, I see no reason to take her seriously. Sounds like she's conflating correlation.
    (bolding mine)
    I should think it would help the dry mouth.

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