Hypoglycemia isn't just a part of diabetes. My hypoglycemia is a result of a lovely, messed up endocrine system. Due to the imbalances in my endocrine system, I can have a hypoglycemic episode several times a day or once in a blue moon - I never know. The most telling symptoms of my episodes are dizziness and beaded sweat on my face. Lovely.
While I hate dealing with the episodes, I sometimes wonder if others go through the same thing but have no clue what to do. I saw this post on Whole Living (pasted below). While this person is living with Type 1 diabetes, my reactions are oddly similar. Reading her post brought tears to my eyes. I am not alone in this... I hope the post will resonate with others that may be dealing with the same thing.
So, how can you "prevent" hypoglycemic episodes:
Eat a well-balanced diet and eat small meals OFTEN. Yes, it will feel like you are constantly eating, but it is really the best... My eating during the day looks like this:
- 6:15 a.m. - 1-2 cups of black coffee
- 8:00 a.m. (Breakfast) - usually a "green monster smoothie" or mini egg frittatas and turkey sausage
- 10:00/10:15 a.m. (Morning snack) - Chobani greek yogurt, almonds and a piece of fruit, or turkey and cheese "roll ups"
- 12 noon/12:15 p.m. (Lunch) - Leftovers, a massive salad with grilled chicken or beans, a sandwich thin with peanut butter and soup, etc.
- 2:00 p.m. (1st afternoon snack) - same as morning snack
- 4:30 p.m. (2nd afternoon snack) - string cheese and a piece of fruit, apple with almond butter, etc.
- 7:00 p.m. (Dinner)
- 8:30 p.m. ("Dessert") - if I really want something, I will have some Honey Nut Cheerios or some yogurt
Keep snacks handy. Because I know that I can usually get my hands on sugar during a hypoglycemic episode, I don't carry sweets (plus they are tempting). I do keep a small Jif peanut butter and a spoon in a Ziploc bag in my purse. If I have a blood sugar episode, I will get some sugar to get my sugar back up, but then immediately eat several spoonfuls of peanut butter.
No sugar on an empty stomach. I have, unfortunately, had to learn this the hard way... I have discovered that if I eat any sugary food (or drink) on an empty stomach, my sugar levels go crazy. I reach a big sugar high, leading my body to push out insulin way to quickly, followed by a terrible crash in my blood sugar. I now have to make sure I have a good protein-filled meal (or snack) before having sugar.
Listen to your body. If you are hungry, eat. Don't wait until it is too late. This again, is something I have learned the hard way. There have been times that I have waited way too long to eat and ended up going crazy with anything I could get my hands on in the pantry. Not a pretty picture - standing in front of the open pantry door, shoving Wheat Thins down my gullet.