Is Low Blood Sugar Associated With Allergies?

It certainly can and surprisingly, when the allergies respond to allergy treatment, the hypoglycemia also seems to disappear. Visit the American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s website http://www.aaemonline.org to find the nearest specialist who might be able to find out why you have hypoglycemia. This illness can cause high blood levels of adrenaline that in turn can make the skin pale and sweaty. The hypoglycemia symptoms include a headache, dizziness, extreme hunger, blurry or double vision, fatigue, and weakness. If this happens at certain times each day, just eat a bit ( 1-2 tbsp.) of protein before “that” time. Sugar should be avoided.

Hypoglycemia is a very complex syndrome that most doctors don’t understand, don’t treat and which many believe to be the product of a troubled mind. In most cases, the cause of the hypoglycemia is never found. For those unexplained cases, some doctors believe that there is no cure and that the best you can hope for is to reduce your symptoms. Other doctors, often those who have made a study of hypoglycemia, believe that the proper diet, used consistently, can actually improve your metabolism and “cure” your hypoglycemia.

It might be argued that you are not cured if you must continue the treatment for the rest of your life, but consider this: would you say your Ferrari was a lemon just because it only runs properly on the best possible fuel? This medical confusion is the bad news. The good news is that proper alternative treatment is easy and you can manage it yourself - Best of all, the alternative treatment is without risk, whether or not you actually have hypoglycemia because the treatment is simply a healthy change in diet. I believe that you should simply eat some animal protein at every meal and avoid sugar.

There are many different recommendations for hypoglycemia diets. Some gurus advocate low carbohydrate diets with lots of protein, while others seem to be advocating the exact opposite - a high carbohydrate, low protein diet. In spite of these large differences, the basics of the hypoglycemia diet are all the same. And the first step is to eliminate sugar. Sounds difficult, but paradoxically, once you stop eating sugar, the sugar cravings begin to lessen and the sugary snacks and desserts just look less attractive.

Taste is learned, and after a couple of weeks without sugar, you will probably find that sweet foods you once liked now taste too sweet, and you no longer enjoy them as much. This is a big bonus, because it makes sticking to the new regimen much easier. It’s not enough, though, to forgo desserts. Most processed foods contain sugar. Mayonnaise, peanut butter, granola or snack bars, canned fruit and fruit drinks often contain sugar - in some cases a lot of sugar-and these should be avoided as well.

When you start checking labels, you may be surprised to see how much sugar you have been eating every day. What is a good indication of whether or not you should eat it? Ask yourself “Does this taste sweet?” If the answer is “Yes”, you should probably avoid eating it or eat it only sparingly. This includes sweet fruit like bananas and watermelon. It is best not to switch to sugar substitutes like aspartame. It is much easier to maintain a sugar free diet if the taste for sugar is gone. In addition, some studies show that release of insulin can occur even with just a sweet taste.

HOW CAN I CONTROL REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA?

Reactive hypoglycemia can be managed with:

  • Nutritionally balanced meals
  • Frequent meals and snacks
  • Regular exercise
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight management
  • Medical supervision, if indicated
  • Regular blood sugar checks, if advised

HOW CAN REACTIVE HYPOGLYCEMIA BE CONTROLLED WITH NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED MEALS?
When blood glucose falls, eating carbohydrate foods can bring blood glucose levels back up; a meal or a snack must be eaten. Some people believe the obvious solution is to eat a candy bar or drink a cola beverage. Such a meal or snack is very high in carbohydrate, and consists mostly of simple sugar. It may cause your blood level to rise quickly and then fall quickly. Some people then experience the symptoms of rebound hypoglycemia.

A more helpful choice is to eat food with complex carbohydrates (higher fiber whole grain crackers, bagels, breads or cereal). Complex carbohydrate foods deliver glucose over a longer period of time, eliciting less of a rise and fall in blood glucose. A cracker or other grain food with cheese or another protein/fat is the best choice. The protein/fat slows down the digestion of the carbohydrate and keeps blood sugar more stable.

Some snack and meal suggestions that meet the goal of including a complex carbohydrate, a protein source or a fat include:

  • Meat or cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread
  • Yogurt and fruit
  • Cottage cheese and whole grain crackers
  • Turkey, cheese slices and veggies on a salad
  • Salad with beans or nuts added
  • Peanut butter and whole grain crackers
  • Cheese and whole grain crackers
  • Bean soup and whole grain crackers or bread
  • Cheese on baked potato with skin
  • Whole grain bagel and cream cheese
  • Eat grass-fed beef

Nutrition tips to manage hypoglycemia:

  • Eat a small meal or snack about every 2-3 hours. Skipping meals can make symptoms worse.
  • Choose high fiber foods at each meal and snack. Fiber helps stabilize blood sugar. Increase fluid intake when you increase fiber intake.
  • Eat a source of grass-fed protein and or a source of fat with carbohydrate at each meal or snack. Protein and fat eaten with carbohydrates will help slow glucose release and absorption.
  • Limit simple sugars. (candy, soda, fruit juice, sweets) Simple sugar intake can make hypoglycemia symptoms worse. Moderate your intake.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, chocolate).
  • Eat a meal or snack 1-3 hours before exercise. Extra carbohydrates may be needed before exercise to compensate for energy used.

Resource
Mayo Clinic

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