Diet For Reactive Hypoglycemia

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Preventing Reactive Hypoglycemia With Exercise

Hungry, shaky, sleepy, anxious, dizzy, confused, nervous, sweaty, irritable, or "hangry". Ever experience any of these symptoms right after starting a workout? These are symptoms of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. This is a condition that can occur in under certain circumstances shortly after starting to exercise. In response to eating carbohydrates our body releases insulin, a hormone that’s main goal is to drive glucose into cells for storage or use. This normal process is what returns our blood sugar to normal following a meal. During exercise, a separate process, independent of insulin, pulls glucose from the blood stream and into muscle, also lowering blood sugar. Now, imagine for a moment what could happen if both of these processes were to occur at their full capacity at the same time. This is what is known as reactive, or rebound hypoglycemia, meaning your blood sugar gets too low. If you’ve ever had this happen, you know how tough it is to keep working out. Historically, it was recommended to avoid carbohydrates before exercise altogether to prevent this phenomenon from happening; however, our viewpoint on this has changed. In those that have experienced reactive hyp Continue reading >>

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  1. fieryred0424

    Hello all! I have been on here for a while and have lost a decent amount of weight...however I feel like I am not taking care of myself. You see, I have reactive hypoglycemia, and I struggle daily with the crashes of blood sugar. I was wondering if anyone else on here who has this condition would be willing to give me examples of their daily food intakes and maybe add me as a friend so that I can really work harder on taking care of myself. This site isn't just about losing weight. It's about being healthy. I think one of my greatest struggles with this is that I am a working mother to a very vibrant/energetic girl and my husbands works...ALOT... so it leaves a lot on me to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  2. ahviendha

    hey there, i may be able to help.
    i was officially diagnosed when i was about 17, but didn't notice the effects of the condition on my body/energy levels till i was about 20 (being a teen, right?! immune to everything)
    it was really bad when i was overweight, but since i've lost 50-60lbs i'm able to go longer without food and be less crabby when i am hungry.
    you can PM me with specific questions if you want, or friend me good luck

  3. BeingAwesome247

    My mom is hypoglycemic....I'm not just to note
    Would it help to space your food out so you're eating smaller but more frequent meals to keep from crashing?

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