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    For the past few weeks I've been having blurred vision, shakiness and low energy, it usually hits in the morning, and doesn't last long. It only happens if I put breakfast off for a few hours, and only happens if I'm out walking, usually in the first few minutes of the walk.

    Like today, I got up at 10, went to the market at 11 and as I was walking there (it's only half a mile, if that) I got blurred vision, almost had to rely on my ears to keep me balanced, but the weird thing is I didn't eat anything, carried on walking and it just wore off. Here I am at home now, it's 12 o'clock, I still haven't eaten but I feel alright.

    It will happen again tomorrow if I go for a walk before breakfast, but like today it won't last more than a minute or so. Sometimes the same thing will happen if I go for a walk after I've eaten.


    I think I'm getting enough fat. Last night's dinner, eaten between 8 and 10pm (I usually spread my meals out over a couple of hours):

    Veg soup with a 1/4 can coconut milk
    Pork chop marinaded in olive oil
    Some coconut butter
    Avocado

    I felt full afterwards.


    I had my BG taken a couple weeks back and it read 77. I'd done a 15 hour fast, then eaten, and it was taken 2 hours after the meal.



    Any ideas?

    Thanks for reading

  • #2
    Get a BG test kit (a great investment) then do a fasting BG test. Eat nothing overnight, 8-10 hours, test your blood first thing, then eat a carby meal (you get the details in the kit); then you keep testing every hour for three hours (not eating until done). A high peak followed by a short, steep decline is the indicator. You sound like you have the symptoms.
    Last edited by Digby; 04-05-2011, 05:04 AM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Digby View Post
      Get a BG test kit (a great investment) then do a fasting BG test. Eat nothing overnight, 8-10 hours, test your blood first thing, then eat a carby meal (you get the details in the kit); then you keep testing every hour for three hours (not eating until done). A high peak followed by a short, steep decline is the indicator. You sound like you have the symptoms.
      Yeh I tend to get hungry within a few hours after a carby meal. Before going primal I'd have a snack every 2-3 hours and carry energy bars around with me for when I crashed. Didn't know any better back then. Stupid CW.

      I'll have a wander down town and look for a BG kit.

      Are these the typical first signs of T2 diabetes? :/

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      • #4
        Hypoglycemia is one of the predictors, along with extreme thirst, and others.
        This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

        Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
        Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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        • #5
          I've got my kit. I'll test tomorrow and post the results. I'll probably be fasting somewhere between 11 and 14 hours. Does it make much difference how long I fast, or whether I do any exercise before or after breakfast??

          Breakfast.. a carby one. I'm thinking a big bowl of oatmeal with a banana and peanut butter, with a few squares 70% chocolate afterwards. Sound good?

          Then I take a reading 1, 2 and 3 hours after breakfast.

          Thanks for the help and answering my silly questions. I just want to do the right things to get an accurate reading.

          Randall
          Last edited by randallfloyd; 04-05-2011, 12:53 PM.

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          • #6
            I'm dealing with something similar and am very interested in the results. My BG tends to run higher though, (FGB around 95) but I eat VLC but have been dealing with hypoglycemia symptoms. Where did you get the test from? I have a BG moniter. Could I just use that? How g of carbs would I try to hit my system with? Can I just eat a lot of sweet potato and dark chocolate? :-) 27 yr old F 124 lbs 5'7''.
            In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. -- Albert Camus

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            • #7
              Hey hermanda. I got tested at the docs a couple of weeks back. They said I wasn't diabetic with a BG of 77, and they're doing some other tests to try and find out what it is. Regardless though I'm interested to see how my BG levels change through the day and what things cause a rise and which ones steady it out. I am curious as to why I get these symptoms on a low carb diet.

              I'm sure stress and anxiety play a part, if they're not the actual cause. I'm going to do meditation over the next few weeks and see if that helps.

              Hope you get yours sorted out.


              If anyone has good links to BG information please post.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by randallfloyd View Post
                I've got my kit. I'll test tomorrow and post the results. I'll probably be fasting somewhere between 11 and 14 hours. Does it make much difference how long I fast, or whether I do any exercise before or after breakfast??

                Breakfast.. a carby one. I'm thinking a big bowl of oatmeal with a banana and peanut butter, with a few squares 70% chocolate afterwards. Sound good?

                Then I take a reading 1, 2 and 3 hours after breakfast.

                Thanks for the help and answering my silly questions. I just want to do the right things to get an accurate reading.

                Randall
                Doesn't matter how long you fast, and I don't know how exercise will impact results. The carbs sound fine. You are looking for the impact. If a doctor does it they give you glucose water, so what you've suggested won't be that sugary, but should still give you a good reading. No questions are silly, we all learn bit by bit.
                This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                • #9
                  I know now that I had hypoglycemia for years and my doctor never suggested I was because my BG numbers always looked okay; a single test can miss that your blood sugar is doing a daily roller coaster. Low carb pretty much took care of any of my bg issues, but I have to stay vlc. The monitor has been a big help. I found that even the small amount caffeine in my morning tea raises my bg a little. Or stress, which affects cortisol affects bg. In short, lots of things can mpact your bg levels.
                  This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                  Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                  Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by randallfloyd View Post
                    Hey hermanda. They said I wasn't diabetic with a BG of 77
                    My sister has low normal fasting BGL too. Her fasting insulin however is over the range--high. Her HbA1c is also on the rise.

                    I like: Blood Sugar 101

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                    • #11
                      How long does it last? If it's quick and goes away on it's own, it's probably not your blood sugar. In which case, try drinking a lot more water. If it goes away when you eat, especially sugar, and you need to eat an abnormal amount to get full, it's probably low blood sugar. Primal should wipe it right out pretty quick though, at least it did for me.

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                      • #12
                        Insulin levels and response are much better indicators of these type of problems. If you're already experiencing insulin resistance then your cells won't be able to take as much of this stuff up into your cells for fuel. At that point you can spike your blood glucose levels by simply eating more carbs but it'll just float around in your blood and tear apart your arteries/brain/liver/pancreas while the cells that have already started down the insulin resistance path will be starving for energy.

                        Just give the diet time, I used to have hyperinsulinemia. However, just this evening I went to the gym, increased in weight in all exercises I did and I hadn't eaten since the night before.
                        "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
                        -J.Stanton

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                        • #13
                          Right so I've just done the test. My results are as follows. I'm surprised by the latest reading, taken 20 minutes ago.


                          I've copied this over from notepad.. I use notepad for everything.

                          6TH APRIL 2011

                          10AM: FBG: 3.7mmol (66.6)



                          10:10-10:40AM: BREAKFAST

                          bowl of oatmeal with banana, peanut butter and dried apricots
                          4 squares lindt 70




                          Time--------- Time since breakfast----- BG reading



                          11:10AM-------- 30 minutes ------------ 8.9mmol

                          11:40AM-------- 1 hour------------------ 8.1mmol

                          12:40PM-------- 2 hours----------------- 7.2mmol

                          13:40PM-------- 3 hours----------------- 3.3mmol




                          NOTES FOR 6TH APRIL:

                          Did some yoga between 2 hours and 3 hours

                          At 3 hours: shaky and hungry

                          I don't really know what these results show, apart from that I'm running very low at the moment.. and it was a big crash between 2 hours and 3 hours.

                          I'm going to go and eat a fatty lunch pronto. I really need it!




                          edit: conversion from mmol (UK) to mg/dl:

                          8.9 = 160.2
                          8.1 = 145.8
                          7.2 = 129.6
                          3.3 = 59.4
                          Last edited by randallfloyd; 04-06-2011, 07:14 AM.

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                          • #14
                            reactive hypoglycemia maybe?
                            Calm the f**k down.

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                            • #15
                              I agree, it looks like the reactive insulin/hyopglycemic reaction. You feel fine, then want to suddenly drop wherever you are. If this is the case, it means you want to carefully control your carb intake, and distribute them over your meals with a thought to when you need the most energy. And make the carbs good primal ones, but even they need monitored if you keep having this reaction. The drop from the peak should be a long slope, not a cliff.
                              This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                              Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                              Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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