Patient Comments: Hypoglycemia - Effective Treatments

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What kinds of treatment help your hypoglycemia? Do you carry food (glucose) with you at all times? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Pomnomie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I carry granola bars on me depending on severity, when I go through large bouts of hypoglycemia; I'm better after some months. I take no alcohol, or minimal clear spirits, proteins and good fats galore, minimal grains and never white. No oats, unless you need a slow hit of sugar. Eggs are a hit and miss, so they're good, but watch. No starch, no sugar, I have fruit with fats followed by a protein meal and fermented foods. I personally stay away from dairy as it is inflammatory. Consistent rest and easy exercise are good.

Comment from: shae, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I have had hypoglycemia since my 20s (I'm now 43). In 2009 my glucose tolerance test came back at 23. More than about 4 g carbs and I start feeling symptoms within an hour. By 1 1/2 hours I end up unconscious. Eating sugar or taking glucose tablets does not work! It creates a yo-yo effect. Sugar up, sugar down... pass out, repeat. I am unconscious for 1 to 4 hours each time. I pass out 3 to 7 times a week now. Acarbose made it worse. I can't work, can't get disability, no treatment available... I need help.

Comment from: Lorie Nicole, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

Table sugar is my at-home go to for hypoglycemia. I have dental issues and it is the best for unresolved dental issues.

Comment from: Gustalynn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I carry glucose tablets in my purse but I find I have to have a few to get me up. It dropped at home and hit me suddenly, I felt hungry, and then I started to go to the kitchen. Then I started having the shakes. I tested my sugar and it was 52. I started walking like a drunk with difficulty to talk. I woke my husband up because I was getting drowsy, and so weak I could not stand. I started with milk while my husband fixed me with 2 wheat toasts with peanut butter and jelly and my milk. I am feeling a lot better and I will recheck the sugar. I did and it's 114, 30 minutes after eating.

Comment from: Mamab, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I am a 36 year old mother of 6 and I have had hypoglycemia for about 15 years now. I never think too much of it, if I feel like my blood sugars are getting low I eat. But I had my worst, most scary episode with it in November. I was shopping with my sister, I remember feeling like I needed to eat and the next thing I know I'm waking up in the ambulance; I had a 3 minute grand mal seizure. Never in my life have I ever had anything like this happen. My blood sugar spiked because I made sure I had my sugars before shopping and then they dropped rapidly with no major sign to me. I didn't have the feelings leading up to it as I usually do because it usually drops at a slower rate but this day it dropped fast, too fast for me to react. So know I am trying to learn how to eat making sure I have the sugars to keep it up and also the protein to hold onto the sugars longer.

Comment from: RichardDelightful, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I'm a 69 year old diabetic with hypoglycemic tendencies. The last time a care provider calculated the appropriate dose of insulin for me was 10 to 12 years ago, and she was a nurse practitioner. The rest just ask me what I'm taking and I have to figure it out for myself. I do know that people like me have 3 to 4 times the mortality of other diabetics, and I can see why. I keep candy at home but I have to get to a store or vending machine elsewhere.

Comment from: New Yorker, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

I work at a fast food place. I have hypoglycemia issues every day. I was wondering if I could still work like this.

Comment from: Veronica, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I'm 21 and found out I have hypoglycemia from when I was 7. Now it just gets worse and has gotten much worse over the past year. I have to limit my alcohol as a result of fainting. I have to eat sugary substances every couple hours now and can't be in any physical activities anymore because when my sugar drops, sometimes I even have seizures and I vomit. Sometimes I feel like it’s worse than diabetes.

Comment from: corri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

My brother swears that a beer will boost his sugar levels. I prefer half an apple with peanut butter for hypoglycemia.

Comment from: K.C., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I am 58 years old healthy and fit woman and I have always had to be aware that if I don't nibble throughout the day, I'll feel agitated, trembly and dizzy with blurred vision. One of the odd side effects is I can skip meals and not feel Hunger pains when others do. That is dangerous to me, so I do better if I nibble, rather than force myself to eat a large meal. And yeah, I typically always have an almond joy candy bar in my purse. My family teases me that I never grew out of the love for PBJ sandwiches, probably twice a day, as a nibble to help keep the blood happy! Sliced sharp cheddar cheese and apple and a couple of peppermints makes me a blood happy gal! I've actually helped others who had the same symptoms but never knew that they were hypoglycemic, it seems to be an under emphasized medical condition.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 22

I am a 44 yo mother of two. My Father passed away 2 yrs ago, due to heart problems caused by diabetes. I was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia 15 years ago. Yesterday evening b4 leaving work, I experienced the worse case in 15 years. I am on a fast (Daniel's fast w/my church), Started on the 1st of the year for 21 days. I have been eating fruits, vegetables and 100% juice. Thought, I would be fine. For lunch, I had nothing but a broccoli, baked potato w/ chives. Just added a little salt and pepper and a cup of tangerine. I started with a headache around 2:30 or so, it got worse as time went by. At 4:45, I started sweating, shaking, anxious, severe heart palpitations, tears were rolling down my face and I wasn't trying to cry I just felt so bad. My coworker gave me crackers with peanut butter and a doctor pepper. I couldn't shake this off. When I got home, I felt so nauseated, my stomach hurt so bad and I was so hungry, though. I was too weak to even fix a sandwich. It was the worse experience ever. I thank God, it passed.

Comment from: Lucky Lady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I am a 56 year old woman, 5' 7" tall. In June I weighed 214 lbs and began a low carbohydrate diet. In the fall I started having severe headaches. I went to the doctor and she said I had a sinus infection, and prescribed antibiotics. After taking them, I still had the headaches. In the meantime, my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was messing with his blood sugar monitor, and came up 26 once and 'lo' once. When I went back to the doctor about my headaches, I mentioned this to her, and she said I was probably going too low on carbohydrates. I also discovered that I wasn't eating enough calories, (shows the importance of tracking what you eat). After increasing both the calories and carbohydrates, my blood sugar tested this morning at 97. However, I am still having the headaches, but not a severe. Low blood sugar may not be the cause of my headaches, but I am so glad I talked to my doctor about it. I could have been much worse off than just a headache if I had continued with my eating habits.

Comment from: becca, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

My father, my three brothers and I are all hypoglycemic. My dad (who learned it from his dad) calls it the weak trembles. None of us have ever known what is really was until recently. It had been a long day, and I had a three hour drive in front of me and I knew that I had to eat. Hadn't eaten anything all day except for an egg with toast and I could feel the weak trembles coming on strong. I stopped to eat, I took two bites of a fast food chicken sandwich and one sip of soda and my body freaked out. Long story short I ended up calling an ambulance and spent several hours in the hospital. I couldn't breathe and thought I was having a heart attack (I am a healthy 27). So humiliating to find why I went in. At Thanksgiving the family talked and I thought I would share our collective knowledge here no bread (ever!), before a physically demanding day eat fruit or something high in protein no pancakes, or waffles, or biscuits, etc. Peanut butter, honey, candy bars, ice cream are great immediate cures for the shakes during the day. Lay down if at all possible when the shakes come on. For me, the first sign that I need to eat is a cold sweat.

Comment from: 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: October 06

I am a physician with type II diabetes, age 84, and still work 12 hours five days a week. My diabetes is controlled with Amaryl and diet. I occasionally awaken with sweating, shaking, weakness and feel totally drained. I used orange juice, fruits, such as watermelon, and oranges, and other high sugar containing foods. I do feel drained for a couple of hours and then everything normalizes. I treat many diabetics, both type one and two, and have found that compliance with diet, medications, and exercise with weight control works wonderfully and gives protection to eyes, kidneys, and extremities against the devastating consequences damages to these organs without hyperglycemia.

Comment from: gilmanheather, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I first started having hypoglycemic symptoms when I was about 11 years old. I am now 30 years old. I would get really bad headaches, become shaky, moody, and tired if I waited too long to eat or if I had candy. My mom noticed it and took me to the doctor. They had me tested for hypoglycemia and said I had low blood sugar and to eat proteins. That's all. I have had to learn on my own how to eat. I have never checked my blood sugar and I need to start. I sometimes get headaches daily that will last all day due to not eating when I need to. I carry snacks with me and eat sometimes when I am not even hungry just because I can feel my sugar dropping. I know it is dropping because of the pattern I have seen over the years. I never knew there might be medicine I can take to help.

Comment from: Grannygail54, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21

I am a mother of a 19-year-old daughter who has had hypoglycemia since she was 13. When she was diagnosed, she was sick, had headaches, stomach aches, was dizzy, and was shaking all over. I would be called to her school about three times a week. Finally, after several appointments with our family doctor, he sent my daughter to a diabetes specialist, and she was tested and that was it. She was given Precose, a medication that is given for diabetes but also works to keep the sugar lever at a balance for my daughter. It works. There are still some days when it is bad. She is in college, working and keeping very busy, but Precose is a great treatment. The doctor checks her once a year now for diabetes because we have several family members who have diabetes.

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Comment from: cndrs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I am a 53 year old woman who has been hypoglycemic for many years. I've read everything I can about it and realize there are many different theories on how to control it. I work in the restaurant business and sometimes I'm too busy to eat when I should. I've experimented with lots of different foods and have found that peanut butter works better than anything else. Pasta is another food that seems to keep me on an even keel for longer. The good thing about peanut butter is that 2 tablespoons will keep me feeling good for several hours. It's a quick fix when you don't have time to eat. I don't like peanut butter but it works better than anything else I've tried.

Comment from: Tony, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

I had the worst hypoglycemic episode today after work. Stupidly, I ate nothing for breakfast, had two cups of coffee midday and then finally ate three meatballs at around 6 p.m. I left work at 9 p.m. and drove home. By 9:30, I was so severely disoriented, shaky and with sweaty palms that I couldn't formulate a cohesive thought. I sincerely thought I'd been drugged somehow. I did eat a sandwich and had a cup of pear cider, but it wasn't helping. After about 20 minutes, I got my roommate to drive me to the emergency room. By then, the symptoms were beginning to wane and the doctor said that it was likely just a hypoglycemic incident, since there was no evidence of anything else. It really scared me and I will not be that stupid again with my diet. I felt like I was on the brink of having a seizure.

Comment from: rydinonbk, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I am a 43-year-old mother of two. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia at age 27 after having terrible headaches which would last for days. I went through the regular battery of tests. I have learned to always have a snack with me, as it is very embarrassing to have someone literally carry you because you can't walk! I originally went to a dietitian and her advice was that my eating habits were very good and to cut back on ruby red grapefruit drink. I have been symptom free for about one year. I really encourage anyone with this condition to eat small snacks throughout the day (pretzels, crackers, not a lot of sweets) and also eat well-balanced meals. Never skip a meal, especially breakfast as this sets the tone for the day. I don't know if you can cure hypoglycema, but you can manage it and live a perfectly normal life. Remember to exercise also, even when you're feeling lazy!

Published: July 24

I am a mother with a 2 year old son that was diagnosed with hypoglycemia when he was 4 months old. We have to limit his protein intake, as well as check his blood sugar levels 3 times a day. He also takes medicine called Proglycem (Diazoxide) 3 times a day. It has gotten a lot more manageable.

Published: June 26

I am a 46 year old woman who has had problems with hypoglycemia since in my late teens. Mine also seems to have a hormonal link. I've learned to eat protein before sweets early in the day, and at night I have a good protein/low sugar snack before I go to bed. And I ALWAYS have my glucose tablets with me. I now have an endocrinologist who has me on the drug Precose. It's a medicine usually prescribed for diabetics, because it slows down how quickly the carbs hit my bloodstream, which for me keeps my insulin from spiking and crashing. I take it 3 times a day right before my first mouthful of a main meal. It's been a life saver!

Published: June 18

I have experienced hypoglycemic symptoms since my early teen years and am now 48. Over the years, I have found that eating often (every two hours) and combining protein and at least 4 grams of fiber at every meal or snack. Both keep blood sugar from spiking and subsequently dropping sharply. If I do indulge in a sweet desert or simple (refined) carbs, I have to have some protein with it to counteract the blood sugar spike. Recently I have starting supplementing whey protein into my diet as it's often hard for me to get enough protein through other foods. Whey protein can be purchased at health food stores and just 1 tbs. is equal to about 10 grams of protein. Also, I have to really focus on keeping stress down. Deep breathing often during stressful times helps a lot. I made the connection between stress and my hypoglycemia when I was on vacation. I noticed that even though I was eating foods that would normally cause my blood sugar to spike, I was not having the normal reaction. It occurred to me then that the only difference was that I was not under any stress at the time. Caffeine is also a definite contributor because it raises the blood sugar the same as sugar and simple carbs do.

Comment from: youngdude, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I have a son who is 33 years old and he had an episode that was frightened to the ER doctor he is not a diabetic at all but his sugar level dropped to 16 he was just sweating like a river he was nervous, shaking, hungry and the doctor did not know what was wrong with him he was put in intensive care unit never felt bad or was out of it but this lasted all day in ER he was given 100 percent glucose in his veins, we would like to understand more about this condition we need help to know is he in any kind of danger he has not seen a specialist they did many tests one they received back told them that there was tremendous amount of insulin in his body this young man does not take any kind of medication.

Comment from: Shannon, 35-44 Female Published: January 22

I had my first episode at about 24. A nurse told me that low-blood sugar was sometimes hard to diagnose, sometimes confused with menstrual symptoms. I would sweaty on my neck, feel lightheaded, and my hands would get very shaky. I could tell I needed to eat right away. I had full blood work done at the doctor but they said I was fine. If I don't eat for more than 4 or 5 hours, my symptoms start. I carry snacks with me. I have never officially been diagnosed with anything, but on my first episode, a nurse checked my blood sugar level and it was very low. In the sixties.

Comment from: Nonrev1, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I am 26 years old and ever since puberty I would experience extreme fatigue around 2pm - 5pm. When I would lay down to sleep, my sleep would fall so deep, a dreamless sleep, all of a sudden I had no motor control over my body, I couldn't even gather enough strength to tell my brain to breath or move my leg or arm. At this time I have my eyes closed and I would be conscious. I would then fight out of this sleep which would be almost impossible to do. I would then wake up and fight the urge to go back to sleep. Then I would feel extremely hungry. These episodes would happen once every 6 to 8 weeks. My doctor to told me it was postprandial hypoglycemia and to keep a diary of what I eat. I am seeing him next week. Any thoughts in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Comment from: Sarah G, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I have experienced symptoms since I was a child, I had a blood test but was not diagnosed as hypoglycemic when I had the test. Half an hour after I woke up that morning my glucose levels were 'normal', and I hadn’t eaten for 12 hours, but I had just woken up normally it takes me a few hours until I get symptoms after I wake up if I don’t have breakfast. Why is this? Last night I had a few drinks on an empty stomach and this morning I was frightened by how shaky and dizzy I was. I've eaten something now and feel better, but I'm still a mess.

Comment from: GLS, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I am a 72 year old male. On the 13th of December at about 3 pm, while at this computer I became somewhat disoriented (words on screen running together). I had the good sense to get to bed where I was found, unresponsive by a friend. Family members thought I was having a seizure, fighting them with all my strength they say that my strength was shocking. They did call for an ambulance and my first recognition was looking out the rear of an ambulance while strapped to a gurney. By the time we got to the hospital (about 20 miles), I was cognizant of my surroundings and somewhat alert. The medics told the doctor that my insulin levels had "bottomed out" but began the register after receiving insulin in the ambulance.

Comment from: Bornface, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 10

I am a football referee. One day, four weeks ago, having fasted for two days, I ran into hypoglycemia after a heavy physical training exercise of 5,000 meters (5 kilometers) sprinting on an empty stomach. I almost went into a coma, but I was treated at the clinic. I am still on bed-rest for a month now. I feel very weak, I sweat a lot at night, and I have heart palpitations.

Comment from: kelly2195, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

My friend has diabetes and he checked my blood and it came back 12 three times I am scared I ate candy and it came up to 70. I felt tired and weak all weak now my ankles are swollen no doctors can ever find out what is wrong with me, but now I know why I never feel good.

Comment from: carol, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I had reflux surgery 4 yrs ago an the did a truncal vagotomy and cause severe dumping syndrome and hypoglycemia, I had to take shots before each meal of Sandostatin for 3 years. I cannot have any sugar or a lot of carbohydrates.

Comment from: Stefani, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I have been hypoglycemic since I was 16 and I am now 28. For me, 77 is rather low. I start having symptoms around 80 and I get extremely sick and start vomiting around 60 or 65. I've been told by many people that 80 is still within the normal range, but everyone's body is different. I have to maintain a glucose level of about 100 to feel like myself.

Comment from: Tee, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 17

When I was first diagnosed with hypoglycemia at 12 years old I was told that I could manage it with a diet that was high in fresh fruits and meat. That was over twelve years ago and it still works, but I feel symptoms more often now than I did when I was kid.

Published: July 28

My 26 year old son works outside in the heat all day. He is also under stress, planning his wedding. So I didn't pay a lot of attention when he came home with a headache most every day and went straight to his room for a nap. Last night, his fiancee suggested he be tested for hypoglycemia. I told him that since he had just eaten, I would check him today when he came in from work. (I have a glucose meter, as most of my family and I are Type 2 diabetics.) When I checked his blood sugar today, it was 77. Is that low enough to be considered hypoglycemic? I have noticed that sometimes his hands tremble very hard. I am worried, as I was hypoglycemic for at least three years before I swung over to being diabetic. Does anyone know if 77 is low, after him not having eaten in four hours? It seems a little low to me because I would think that if everything were okay, it should be around 90 to 100.

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