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Information on the vicious cycle in hypoglycemia caused by eating carbohydrates
Thursday, January 17 2002 - Filed under: General
The only real way to treat hypoglycemia is by reducing carbohydrate
If one continues to eat carbohydrates, each time excess insulin is
produced and each time this results in hypoglycemia.
One can counter the hypoglycemia by eating more carbohydrates before
the hypoglycemia hits, but then one only has to wait for the next
On a high-carb diet some people think this helps decrease the
hypoglycemia symptoms, but in fact their blood sugar levels are on a
rollercoaster ride.. Up --> Down --> Eating more carbs --> Up --> Down
---> Eating even more carbs ---> Even higher --> etc, etc...
This all seems to go well during the day, but when the person wants to
sleep, he/she can't eat any more carbohydrates and within several hours
after falling asleep, he/she will wake up, soaking wet, feeling
terrible.. That's when the nocturnal hypoglycemia has hit her.
The only way to stop this rollercoaster blood sugar ride is by
decreasing carbohydrate intake to 30 grams a day and only eat
vegetable-carbohydrates. All fruits and honey are forbidden..
To solve the hypoglycemia one has to determine if it's caused by
adrenal insufficiency (low cortisol causes high insulin because
cortisol is the antagonist of insulin) or because of insulin resistance
due to low intracellular magnesium and/or relatively high Ca/Mg ratio.
In the meantime, stick to the 30 carb grams a day SCDiet and she will
be fine.. Believe me, it's the only way to completely inhibit all
hypoglycemia symptoms.. I learned it the hard way..
30 carb grams is a general guideline. One can experiment with higher
levels, but don't expect to get away with more than 60 grams a day..