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    Does the Primal diet help hypoglycemia?

    My mom has never been diagnosed with diabetes or anything, but she does easily get shakiness, nervousness, light-headedness if she doesn't eat regularly - which sound to me like the symptoms of hypoglycemia.

    I don't know much about it - but can cutting out grains/sugars/processed foods help with hypoglycemia?

    Any info would be helpful, thanks.
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  • #2
    ABSOLUTELY! Changing to a paleo diet will knock out your hypoglycemia 100%. I have had hypoglycemia most of my teen/adult years but since changing over it's completely gone. The only time I've had the shakes is when I was off the diet for a day or so during a conference where I had access to no other food other than carbs. It was horrible and I couldn't wait to get back home and start earing paleo again. If diabetes runs in your family, hypoglycemia can often be the first warning sign. I'd recommend eating paelo ASAP.

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    • #3
      Reactive hypoglycemia -- definite yes. Doc would not test me for it, but when I described the symptoms he said it was likely (and that it was probably linked to my hypothyroidism/PCOS).

      I haven't had a shakes/food induced headache in months. I no longer fear skipping meals. It's awesomesauce.

      After being told for YEARS that the only thing I could hope to do to "fix" this was to eat more carbs with fiber and/or smaller meals more frequently, it's pretty freaking awesome to find out that I didn't need to do either. :P
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      • #4
        Way back in uni I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia and the doc's recommendation was to eat more protein (he then suggested peanut butter crackers, but hey!). 10 years later I am finally following the prescription and I feel sooo much better! I routinely go like 18 hours without eating, doing a workout in there as well, and don't feel like I'm going to kill someone. Before PB, if I went more than about 3 hours without getting something in my belly, it was not pretty. And now I can start to see those mood crashes in my SO, who eats like a pound of sugar before noon (but rocks 8 pack abs, damn him).

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        • #5
          I totally agree. It helps so much. During my teenage years (cereal years), I was among the ones getting hungry (but not that weak, though) every 90mns or so.
          I was so much used to sugar in my system that when last year I switched to Paleo, it took me quite a long time before being able to think straight, at least in the morning.

          Right now - I can feel I just got used to sugar again, I'm not on Paleo - have to get back to France for that. Then I'll be able to say how I feel after going Paleo second time.
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          • #6
            Yes - suffered from it as long as I could remember, even as a kid. Shaky, grumpy, headache, ringing in ears if I didn't eat, and complete crashes after carby/sugary stuff.

            Gone on Primal.

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            • #7
              Yep, Primal fixed my wife's reactive hypoglycaemia. Previous to that she had tried fixing it with even bigger bowls of porridge at breakfast. Seemed logical at the time...
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              • #8
                Yes, and it was totally fixed by going low carb paleo. I even took a job working at lunchtimes! Sadly I've had to up my carbs for an unrelated reason, but yes, it did work very well for me in that respect.
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                • #9
                  Yes, hypoglycemia is caused by rapidly fluxuating blood sugar levels. As carbs make your blood sugar rise rapidly it also falls rapidly. Primal slows that down do you don't have to eat constantly. I used to have to have a protein bar or something else to eat with me at all times. Now I'll take something if I know I'll be out all day, because I have multiple food sensitivities so I can't just grab something if I'm hungry. But it's just hunger now, not the sweats, shaking, dizziness and irritability.
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                  • #10
                    Strict paleo for 1 1/2 year and still have am hypo!

                    Hi all, I may be a little late to this post but wanted to see if anyone could help me. I've been pretty strict paleo (95 percent of the time). I also just eat sweet potatos when I'm going to bike for over 2 hours. Also, I eat very little fruit, especially the past few months. However, I can not seem to get my blood sugar up in the mornings. I am very lethargic during morning workouts and feel like I need more food, even though I'm not hungry at all. I was up queesy too every day for years now. Also, I should note I eat plenty. I'm 5,4 118 lbs and eat about 2000-2300 calories a day, sometime more on long workout days. My breakfast consists of half a bag of spinach (6 oz), 1 tbls flax oil, 1 tbls flax seed, lemon juice, and chicken sausage from trader joes. Pretty soon after I feel like my blood sugar is really starting to drop more so I'll eat roasted brussel sprouts or okra with 1-2 tbls olive oil. Just ate that and it's 9:30 in the am and still my blood sugar feels low. What else can I do besides eat more or add some carbs, which I really dont want to do? Oh and last bit and sorry for the long post, but on days when I would give in to brown rice bread or sweet potatos, it doesn't really help so I'm at a loss. Thank you so much for reading and any possible advice!
                    Last edited by Alicec; 06-21-2011, 07:55 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Alicec, I can't eat VLC for the above reason. I eat fruit and/or tubers daily and I feel a lot better. When I was eating VLC I started to have terrible boughts of low blood sugar in the mornings during my work out. I initally thought my hypoglycemia had returned and it was back to the "someone bring me a banana NOW!" days where I would lay on the floor trying not to vomit while my husband or daughter would rush me a banana. All I needed was to raise my carbs on a daily basis. Problem solved. I too felt pretty terrible in the mornings when I ate low carb. I can't live VLC. I know you don't want to raise your daily carbs but maybe you should try adding a little more daily and see how you feel. When I started Paleo I was all for fruit and tubers and I felt amazing. When I started reading more on the forum here about how fructose will kill you and tubers are too many carbs and will make you fat I stopped eating them. That is when things started going badly. Now I am back to how I ate when I started paleo nearly a year and a half ago and I feel so much better. Just my 2 cents.
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                      • #12
                        Alicec, you said you can't get your blood sugar up, but you aren't giving any numbers... What is the blood sugar level that isn't feeling right?

                        For the overall topic: low carb and a blood sugar meter has helped me manage my reactive hypoglycemia. I've passed out a few times alone while biking and I would like that to never, never, never happen again. But everyone reacts to particular foods differently, son you really need a blood sugar monitor to manage this.
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                        • #13
                          Thanks so much for the quick responses! I really appreciate it. Teamommy, I bet that is what my body is already asking for so I'll try to up my carbs. I just typically try to stay low because my cravings are so strong when I eat green apples or sweet potatoes, etc. And again always trying to beat the hypo and thought higher GI foods were the cause. Thanks for the advice! Loafingcatus, I will get a meter for sure since I have no idea where my numbers are. I think that could help so thanks! I wonder the reason as to why some people have and keep the hypoglycemia. I almost wondered if my insulin levels are messed up, or even if it could be something like autoimmune diabetes since I have ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease. Who knows! Thanks again!

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                          • #14
                            OK, eating Primal has changed my life in regard to hypoglycemia. I once almost killed my family by passing out at the wheel after a pancake breakfast, so I know a bit about this stuff. I have often known the feeling that I just have to eat something RIGHT NOW! But no more. I no longer get the shakes, the headaches, the sweats, the insane food panics. It is OK to be hungry now! Hunger is no big deal, and that is a very big deal to me. I will say that they key for me was to eat lots of good fats. That is why Primal works, and low-fat low-carb just does not. I started adding a couple of ounces of whole cream to each cup of coffee, which makes it a substantial snack. I don't spare the butter or bacon, etc.
                            I have lost some pounds and feel better in many ways, but-------to be free of the blood sugar demon is by far the biggest benefit of eating Primal for me. By all means, anyone with blood sugar problems should dive right in and not look back.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by primal bill-e View Post
                              OK, eating Primal has changed my life in regard to hypoglycemia. I once almost killed my family by passing out at the wheel after a pancake breakfast, so I know a bit about this stuff. I have often known the feeling that I just have to eat something RIGHT NOW! But no more. I no longer get the shakes, the headaches, the sweats, the insane food panics. It is OK to be hungry now! Hunger is no big deal, and that is a very big deal to me. I will say that they key for me was to eat lots of good fats. That is why Primal works, and low-fat low-carb just does not. I started adding a couple of ounces of whole cream to each cup of coffee, which makes it a substantial snack. I don't spare the butter or bacon, etc.
                              I have lost some pounds and feel better in many ways, but-------to be free of the blood sugar demon is by far the biggest benefit of eating Primal for me. By all means, anyone with blood sugar problems should dive right in and not look back.
                              Oh wow, good for you I would be so happy to get rid of those demons! That's huge!!! How many carbs to do have per day? I eat probably 4-5 tbls of oil per day but maybe I should add in even more. Oh and also eat lots of grass fed beef, eggs, etc so thought I was okay on the fat. Maybe not. Thanks for your response!

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