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Reactive Hypoglycemia - Hypos After Eating

Tweet Reactive hypoglycemia is the general term for having a hypo after eating, which is when blood glucose levels become dangerously low following a meal. Also known as postprandial hypoglycemia, drops in blood sugar are usually recurrent and occur within four hours after eating. Reactive hypoglycemia can occur in both people with and without diabetes, and is thought to be more common in overweight individuals or those who have had gastric bypass surgery. What are the causes of reactive hypoglycemia? Scientists believe reactive hypoglycemia to be the result of too much insulin being produced and released by the pancreas following a large carbohydrate-based meal. This excess insulin production and secretion continues after the glucose derived from the meal has been digested, causing the amount of glucose in the bloodstream to fall to a lower-than-normal level. What causes this increase in pancreatic activity is unclear. One possible explanation is that in rare cases, a benign (non-cancerous) tumour in the pancreas may cause an overproduction of insulin, or too much glucose may be used up by the tumour itself. Another is that reactive hypoglycemia is caused by deficiencies in glucag Continue reading >>

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  2. modest811

    Hey man, I too have been wondering/ worried about Reactive Hypoglycaemia lately. I've noticed a correlation with the food I eat and my anxiety levels. I'm a 24 year old male (5'10 145lbs)
    The truth is though I struggle with if I actually have it, or if it's my anxiety making another obsession trying to explain why I feel so shitty, if that makes sense?
    I bought a blood sugar monitor, I take my blood sugar a lot. Obsessively sometimes, I'm never in "hypoglycemia" range, but when my blood sugar drops a lot, or is dropping I noticed an increase in anxiety, but I don't know if that's just because that's what I'm looking for.
    I've been trying a mostly keto diet, to try and combat this "reactive hypoglycemia" and I don't know if it's working, or if I'm doing more harm than good. I don't really need to lose any weight, also this keto diet makes you FLUSH through electrolytes so you're constantly thirsty, it's kind of a drag.
    I've gotten some blood tests, and my blood is always in normal range. Even have had a glucose tolerance test, but it was done the wrong way, so it wouldn't show if I had reactive hypoglycaemia or not.
    I think I'm always searching for a reason why I feel the way I do, my anxiety feels so physical, and I've had to give up so much because of it. Truthfully, looking back, there are sometimes I felt fine anxiety wise after eating, and there are other times my anxiety is bad. I don't know, I'm at a loss. I wish I could tell you the diet's helping but I don't know if it is, if anything I'm just uncomfortable because I'm so thirsty all the time with it lol.
    Kind of just going off here lol. but the thing is I think you should try to eat less carbs, and see how you feel. It's worth a shot at least. Also go to your doctor, and bring up your concerns and see if you can get a 4 hour glucose tolerance test, that checks EVERY half hour, that's the only way to know if you have RH or not. Also do some research into it and know you're not the only one to think you may have it with anxiety. We tend to obsess over our health with this beast, always searching for answers when there might not be one. Don't 100% with out a doubt think you have Reactive Hypoglycaemia is what i'm saying.
    Good luck man! I know what you're going through.

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