Battling Reactive Hypoglycemia

Hi....I found out in Aug 2009 that I have Reactive Hypoglycemia.   August was a pretty bad month for me. I still had a lot of the side effects, even though I was trying to stick to  the diet. I got to the point where I felt like I was going to pass out if I didn't eat something and that went on for quite a while. At least now I'm to the point where I get "fog brain" if I don't eat something for a long period of time. I can deal with that because I know it will pass once I've eaten something.  I always keep water and nuts with me just in case I feel an episode coming on.  I would be very open to hear about the different foods that people eat.  I'm looking for more variety.

MImi61 MImi61
46-50, F
4 Responses Feb 7, 2010

It's not fun, I was just diagnosed, it came out of nowhere. I try to follow a strict diet, but still have dizzy spells and foggy brain. I've heard Chromium Picollate was good, I just started taking it, I hear it takes a while. I used to be energetic, I miss that, I don't feel like me anymore. You just have to pay attention to what you eat, and whatever sets you off, don't eat it. I'm already sick of the foods I can eat! I thank God though, it could be worse.

I'm not sure if anyone still follows this thread, but I would love to talk w/ someone regarding this condition. I was recently diagnosed and am having a tough time dealing w/ it.

i was diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia only a few months ago, i didn't know anything about the disease or how to treat it properly or anything. My diet prior to being diagnosed consisted of a lot of sugar i would eat 3 or 4 times the RDA. When speaking to my doctor she recomended that i cut out sugary foods first of all, for example i would only drink full sugar coke all day long so i changed to diet coke, i would eat chocolate every day some times more than once a day, i changed to eating one chocolate bar once a week as a treat after my sunday lunch. i ate every 2 to 3 hours and all of these changes seemed to help at first.<br />
Gradually however i had to alter my diet even more to consist of less simple carbohydrates, for example swapping white bread for wholemeal, which apparantly isnt just brown bread! This worked yet again. I started college in september and due to the fact that i also suffer depression and anxiety my stress levels soared, this played havoc with my sugar levels, the ony way i could controll them was to eat every hour! as soon as i was settled in at college i started to reduce the amount of times i was eating and then eventually added more simple sugars into my diet.<br />
it took me a couple of months and lots of research including talking to my doctor and monitoring my sugars but i am now able to change my diet to suit my sugars, stress, tempreture, illness and exercise change my sugars so i change my diet to suit them. i now can manage to lead a relativley normal life. with the exception of having to eat in lessons at college and test my sugars in lessons at college, thankfully my tutors and friends are all understanding. I am also lucky to have a supportive network of friends and family around me to help. This is the thing you need the most when making such drastic changes to your lifestyle.

I hope you can get this under control and live a happy and full life in spite of the illness.