By Katie17 Latest Reply 2011-07-05 16:00:02 -0500
Started 2010-07-11 10:23:29 -0500

Ok, so I don't have diabetes, just chronic hypoglycemia (managed by diet and cortisol replacement therapy). I'm on a low carb, high protein diet, but Im wondering, how many carbs should I be having a day? And what would the breakdown of them be? like how much for breakfast, dinner, snacks, etc…

could anyone give me some good ideas for traveling and dealing w crazy sugar levels ?? everytime i travel my system gets all messed up. (and im traveling to fl today…)

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GabbyPA 2010-07-11 11:30:05 -0500 Report

I didn't know that there was a difference. Why do they call it chronic Hypoglycemia versus diabetes? Is there no insulin resistance involved?

As for travel, I totally understand. The more you can pack and prepare for yourself that is like eating at home the better. I go camping and I make sure to take along veggies for snacks. The typical snack is chips or cookies, so I have to make sure I am safe guarded against that. The other thing that messes us up is getting off schedule of eating times and medication times. If you can keep those as close to what you have at home, that too will help.

Katie17 2010-07-17 13:59:38 -0500 Report

well I basically have to do the same as a diabetic, but my sugar is constantly low not high. I still have to eat right and watch my diet like crazy. Now that Im on the cortisol it is helping my bs levels stay more stable and where they are supposed to be…but I still have to eat right and take my meds. Read the post below that I wrote about how the cortisol works.

Travel is something I really have a hard time with because of not enough sleep, messed up schedule, all of the above…I took two coolers on my flordia trip that I took last week and I was still sick a lot. Im tired of diabetics just having to take a shot and then being fine. Or being able to cover themselves if they can't eat on time. I eat on time, what Im supposed to, but when im off my schedule it doesnt matter. im still always sick.

Emma2412 2010-07-11 11:12:24 -0500 Report

Personally, I would ask your doctor that question. But having had hypoglycemia earlier in my life and then developing diabetes in 2003, I know that a low-carb, high protein diet is the best for you.
I don't remember having to actually count the carbs in any one meal. But if you use the traditional "plate method" of eating, you should be fine.
The plate method is this. Visualize a plate divided into 4 sections. One section has protein; one section has starch; and the remaining sections have veggies.
As I recall, you must limit your breads, but if you should have a half slice of a really good whole grain (not just whole wheat because a lot of the whole wheats are just plain white enriched flour) you should be OK.
Dealing with hypoglycemia is easy as long as you have a balanced diet with very little, if any, sweets. Have a piece of fruit instead of a traditional gooey dessert. When you travel, I would arrange ahead of time with an airline or other types of transport exactly what you will eat. I would think that's the best way to deal with that problem. But I would also carry with you cheese at all times. I remember that was my "emergency" food source and it makes sense because cheese is really a balanced food having protein, carbs and fats all rolled into one. There are some delicious reduced fat cheeses out there.
And last but certainly not least, is I would start learning everything you can about foods and you react to them. Each person is different and you've got to find out how they react on you.
Hope this helps you.

Katie17 2010-07-17 13:54:25 -0500 Report

Thanks that does help! I didn't do so well on my trip becuz I felt sick and my schedule was really messed up/not normal so it messed with everything. I noticed that if I have too many carbs it spikes my bs, therefore makes me feel sick for awhile. The cortisol helps but it seems like my bs is constantly going way down and sometimes way up. especially when Im not on my normal schedule. I always have snacks and I watch my diet like crazy. The cortisol im on has something to do with my adrenals/endocrine system not working correctly and not being able to keep stable bs levels. So the cortisol makes it work better, therefore keeping my bs levels higher and more stable…BUT…I still have to eat right and watch everything I put into my mouth like crazy.

Mz Lolo
Mz Lolo 2011-07-05 16:00:02 -0500 Report

Hi Katie. I am struggling with the same issue. I started going to a dietician, but when I last went to my Endo, he totally contradicted everything she told me. I am so confused. I did take one of the other member's advice and just tried eating what works best for me. I can surely tell when my levels have dropped. I feel like I am going to pass out. Then if I eat too many carbs it spikes then falls, so I have to make sure I have a balanced meal to alleviate this. My Endo is waiting for another 3 months before he puts me on any meds. He wants to see if I can control it with diet modification. He basically told me NO simple sugars.

Like you, I have to eat constantly. It's actually a chore sometimes to eat, even when you aren't that hungry but I know if I don't what the consequences are.