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Diabetes And Glucose Control

Diabetes mellitus is characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1 diabetes and is mainly caused by resistance to the effects of the hormone insulin, which facilitates removal of glucose from the blood. Type 1 diabetes is primarily caused by destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. Chronically elevated fasting blood glucose levelsor recurrent, excessive spikes in glucose levels after mealscan lead to devastating long-term consequences such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, liver disease, and cancer. Several natural products, such as white mulberry leaf extract, brown seaweed extract, cinnamon extract, and sorghum bran extract, may promote optimal glucose metabolism and help facilitate healthy glycemic control. Conventional diagnostic criteria for diabetes include: Fasting plasma glucose 126 mg/dL or greater, Non-fasting plasma glucose level 200 mg/dL or greater with diabetes symptoms, Plasma glucose level 200 mg/dL or greater 2 hours after a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test, or Note: Life Extension believes everyone should strive for optimal glucose control, regardless of whether or not they are diabe Continue reading >>

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  1. PeacefulOne87

    Still Undiagnosed, Hypoglycemic Symptoms with Normal Blood Sugar

    Hello Everyone!
    I hope everyone's day is going great. My name is Ryan, I am a 27 year old male and I have been dealing with some sort of Reactive Hypoglycemia for a little over a year. Regardless of what the Doctors say, I am pretty sure I'm just Pre-diabetic. It has been a long road but I feel that we might finally be getting to the bottom of this. I apologize if this post ends up being long as my situation is kind of complicated. I will try to keep it as short and sweet as possible.
    My symptoms are as follows: after I eat within minutes I get this ripping head pressure/headaches and is sometimes accompanied by shaking and nausea. Sometimes it is worse than others. Hypoglycemic like symptoms. It is definitely worse when I eat carbs but pretty much everything does it. I think it is from the abnormal amount of insulin in my bloodstream. Then there is times I feel weak/faint like I have hypoglycemia shaky/headache/nausea (which I have had low blood sugars in the 50-60 Range), and then I eat again(something high fat and protein) and instead of feeling better when blood sugar returns to normal the faintness goes away but then I end up getting the headache and feeling very tired and nausea and shaking persist. I feel so disorientated and so out of it.
    I have trouble remembering a lot of things. I cannot eat any carbs at all of any sort without aggravating these symptoms. Carbs give me a ripping head pressure immediately and I cant even function or see straight. I only eat Meat, Cheese, Eggs, and Organic No Sugar Peanut Butter. I only drink water nothing else. Carbs and sugar are like poison to me. These are the only things I eat and drink but even then it doesn't really help. I still get the head pressure immediately after I eat and feel very tired and burnt out and have to lay down. I also have a lot of floaters in my eyes and also get flashes as well.
    I used to exercise 5 times a week and was in very good shape for a long time, but now I cannot exercise for more than 10 min without getting shaking and nausea even if I eat something before. Also if I have caffeine I get really shaky and faint right away even if Blood Sugar levels are normal. I have been alcohol/caffeine/tobacco free for almost a year. I have been in and out of the hospital for fainting episodes/headaches for the past year with no answers. According to the Doctors my Thyroid is normal: TSH was 1.7, my Liver and Pancreatic Enzymes are normal as well. I did have gallbladder disease and the Doctors thought it was causing all these other problems, I had my Gallbladder removed on 9/26 and it did not help with the headaches/head pressure. I was very low on Vitamin D and slightly low on Magnesium.
    My A1C was 4.7, fasting has been checked on many occasions and ranges from 70-77.
    I had an OGTT about 6 Months ago and here are the results:
    Fasting Glucose: 77 mg/dl
    Fasting Insulin: 3.7 uIU/ml
    Half-Hour Glucose: 126 mg/dl
    Half-Hour Insulin: 29.7 uIU/ml
    One Hour Glucose: 116 mg/dl
    One Hour Insulin: 39.2 uIU/ml
    Two Hour Glucose: 86 mg/dl
    Two Hour Insulin: 17.5 uIU/ml
    Three Hour Glucose: 57 mg/dl
    Three Hour Insulin: 0.6 uIU/ml
    I pretty much almost fainted at the end of that test. I didn't really spike that high on that test, but I do have a glucometer and I have been doing testing here and there with high carb meals and I notice that even in the past few months my spikes are getting higher and higher. Recently I have seen numbers of 170-190 1-2 hours after eating a high carb meal, way too high. The numbers always come back down to fasting by 3-4 hours but the initial spike is way too high. I have been thru 3 primary doctors and 1 Endo who keep telling me I'm normal but I know this is not the case. Usually people manage this condition with diet but even though I eat LCHF I still get these bad headaches after eating. I am seeing another Endo from Yale tomorrow and I am going to insist that she prescribe me a low dose of Metformin to help my body regulate my blood sugar better. I think she is probably going to want to do the blood sugar tests all over again. I am praying that the Metformin with my low carb high fat diet relieves these headaches/fatigue and I'll be able to exercise again without getting shaky and nauseous. Recently, I have been getting hot face flushing after eating and also during my high carb meal tests my whole body starts getting very sore and run down within a couple hours or so. Blood sugar is usually normal at this time.
    Sorry for the long post, I tried to make it as short as I could but just too many details. Has anyone ever had similar symptoms (Headaches After eating/Hypoglycemic symptoms not improving after sugar levels return to normal) with Reactive Hypoglycemia/Insulin Resistance/Pre-Diabetes? And if so did Metformin help these symptoms? My Post meal spikes of 170-190 are definitely an indicator of Pre-Diabetes-Type-2 in my opinion. Any feedback or suggestions is greatly appreciated.
    I hope you all have a wonderful day

  2. jwags

    Metformin works in the liver and makes you more sensitive to your own insulin. So I don't think it would be right for you. It seems you are already super sensitive to insulin. Have you been to and Endocrinologist or do you use a Family doctor? I would go to a specialist to see what is going on? Do you get the bg crashes when you eat non carb meals? I think the headaches are caused by the BG rollercoaster you are on? Also things besides Diabetes may cause low bgs.

  3. furball64801

    Long post for sure, the headache are not so much a sign of D the lows do say something US off. Three docs and an endo makes it rough, you're not the first or last that has posted similar info. Not sure what it will take other than continued testing on your part, try relion meter very cheap.

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