Newly diagnosed hypoglycemic

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-03-22 16:15:37 -0500
Started 2011-03-21 22:32:26 -0500

Hey all! Hope you are finding the tools (and friends) to help you through this!) I am newly diagnosed as hypoglycemic. Have a few questions about with diet. My Dr. said,"No carbs, no sugar". Aren't fruits and veggies carbs? I was supposed to have a dietician consult made by the Dr., haven't heard from her yet. Please send feedback until I get to see her! Thanx y'all in advance!

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swarthcutter1 2011-03-22 16:15:37 -0500 Report

From ANON: Thanks very much to all! You've been a GREAT help to me with this. I am (very) slowly working my way through this. And it IS tough figuring out what will work for me! Thanx again!

realsis77 2011-03-22 12:08:28 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome. I think everyone else explained everything for you. I just wanted to welcome you to our community and hope you return. This is a great place to learn and make friends! Ask questions and many people are happy to help and wonderfully supportive! I was also once hypoglycemic before I became diabetic. I wish you the very best and hope to continue to hear from you! Again welcome to our community!

kdroberts 2011-03-22 08:36:48 -0500 Report

The goal of managing hypoglycemia is similar to that of diabetes. The idea is to not eat too many carbs at one go so your body doesn't overcompensate and send you low. One of the most common methods for hypoglycemics to manage this is eat 6-8 times a day but not eat a great deal each time. If you want a bigger meal then it's better to stack it towards protein and fat rather than the carbs. Pretty much all fruit and a number of veggies are fairly high carb so you will have to figure out how much works for you. It may be that you can have half a small banana and be OK, it maybe that you can have none or a whole banana. It's tough to get it figured out.

jayabee52 2011-03-22 08:35:19 -0500 Report

Howdy Annon.
I am not a Physician, nor do I play one on TV. But to try to answer your question, about the fruits and veggies. Harlen is right, fruits have carbs, some more than others. The same with veggies. Some veggies have high starch content, like corn or potatoes, which raises your BG#s Others like broccoli or green beans (for instance) will raise your BG a little but not as much as corn or potatoes.

I suspect that what the Dr is trying to do is keep your BG#s down, so your pancreas will not put out too much insulin to meet the BG load. A over sensitive pancreas can put out too much insulin and drop your BG#s dangerously.

My bride Jem had hypoG for a while, just before she got Diabetes. I suspect your Dr is trying to forestall your conversion to Diabetes as long as possible.



Type1Lou 2011-03-22 08:34:14 -0500 Report

You might want to read Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution". While his approach may be deemed extreme, he's an advocate of eliminating as many carbs as possible from a diabetic diet. He is a type 1 diabetic and came upon this solution way back (in the 1970's, I think) before it was endorsed by the diabetic cognoscenti. He is now in his senior years so it's worked for him. He also has a clinic for diabetics on Long Island. He inspired me to really modify my diet although I don't entirely follow his recommendations. I was able to get my A1c down to 5.9 by eliminating carbs some years ago…am striving to get back to that level after relaxing my carb intake standards. It's always a struggle because I was the dessert queen and loved to bake. Good luck and welcome to the community!

Harlen 2011-03-22 08:17:37 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
They sead the same thing to me and you cut all fat,carbs, as a Chef that means all food lol
They may be thinking that you need to cut way back on the carbs all veggies and fruits have carbs.
In your place I would not eat anythinjg that was very high in sugar or had sugar added to it.
Best wishes