Exercise 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. cattyjane

    I recently had a 4 hour prolonged glucose tolerance test my results were as follows:
    Fasting: 4.7 mmol
    1/2 hour after 75g glucose: 8.7
    3 hours after: 4.7
    3.5 hours after: 3.7
    4 hours: 4.2
    There were results inbetween but I will not have them until I receive them through the post.
    Other tests I had done all showed normal, ie. thyroid etc.
    They said that I showed signs of rective hypoglycemia but did not show absolute hypoglycemia.
    The doctor told me I was getting symptoms that felt like hypoglycemia because of the amount of adrenaline I produce (the stress release hormone). He said that this was because I used to be an athlete and through my teenage years I was brought up under immense competitive stress. Therefore since stopping sport due to injury; my body is still producing the ammount of adrenaline required for a competitive sportsperson, which is stopping my liver producing glucose into my muscles effectively.
    Could ayone explain this too me in more detail? I don't understand why this would cause my sugar levels to drop.
    He also said that i should introduce more complex carbohydrates into my diet, athough I cannot tolerate more than 10g or carbs per meal and begin to exercise more frequently, although this tends to make me feel alot worse. I eat a small meal every 2 hours. By doing this my body will eventually adjust and I may be able to return to competitive sport bit by bit.
    I just can't see how this would be possible.
    I would appreciate any help you can give me

  2. keb

    I have reactive hypoglycemia also and it causes your body to release more adrenaline, regardless of your history of exercise, as far as I can tell. Here is an excerpt from "Reactive Hypoglycemia: A Personal Journey into Managing This Condition" by K.E. Lytle.
    Additionally, the body is equipped with an emergency system that responds when the blood sugar falls too low or too quickly. The adrenal glands release adrenalin, which tells the liver to release glycogen to raise the blood sugar level. The liver contains a small storage of glucose for emergencies called glycogen. However, when this adrenalin is released to raise the blood sugar, a person will experience additional host of symptoms due to the effects of the adrenalin, which not only serves to raise the blood glucose level by activating the liver to release glycogen, but also to raise the blood pressure as well. Often, the adrenal glands, like the pancreas, will be over-reactive as well in someone with reactive hypoglycemia. Therefore, someone experiencing reactive hypoglycemia, can become totally non-functional from the host of symptoms that occur from the actual low sugar level in the blood and from the effects of an abundance of adrenalin in the system.
    I am also trying to figure things out still, but I hope this helps. It sounds like the only way your past history could effect your hypoglycemia now is that if you have a history of eating sugary or floury foods, your body might have developed the condition. I'm not positive though. Also, it is probably genetic. I have a lot of diabetics in my family. Do you? Information out there can be contradictory and some outright false. Good luck.

  3. cattyjane

    Thnak you for the reply....I used to have a diet very high in carbohydrates for my sport so maybe too much sugar has caused this.
    I don't know of anybody in my family to suffer from diabetes, just complaints on hunger and weakness , maybe hypoglycemia symptoms. There are thyroid problems in my family but my thyroid was checked and the results were normal.
    Did you have the prolonged oral glucose test? What were your results? Also how long have you had reactive hypoglycemia? Is there any way or reversing the condition to be able to eat normally again?
    Thanks for your help

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