Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

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   Posted 4/6/2006 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a couple of questions regarding this. 
1. Confirm that stress will eat away at blood sugar levels
2. Do different people have different tolerance levels. athough there is a recognized low from which symptoms appear, is it possible to have the symptoms of hyperglycemia before you reach these low limits.
3. Where would one find a diet that would demonstrate a menu that would off set low blood sugar levels
My brother has been having some problems with this, when he went for his two hour glucose test, it came back within the normal range.  Mind you he was feeling OK that day.  He seems to show symptoms before he reaches the low where symptoms usually show up.  He has a tester at home, at at times he is in the low range where symptoms show up, which would further indicate to me that there might be something there.
Thanks for your help

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   Posted 4/7/2006 3:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Beau2006,

1 - Stress can most definitely have an affect on blood sugars.

2 - Different people DO have different tolerance levels.  Below 4 (I'm not sure what this is in American numbers) is considered a hypo although I personally get symptoms when it's 4.8 or below.  If your blood sugar levels run a bit high generally then you will feel hypo symptoms at higher levels than you should.  There are also people with very tight control (or when their blood sugar levels run at low levels for a while) then they may not feel hypo symptoms at all or only when sugar levels are very low.

3 - I'm not 100% sure what you mean here, but I'd recommend following the GI diet (as with all diets you don't want to be severe with it, so therefore stick to low to medium GI as much as possible and if you want to eat high GI team it with a low GI food to bring the whole meal to medium).  If you're not sure about the GI look it up on the net or I'm sure there are threads on this site!

Your brother should still discuss all this with his diabetes specialist team, though, to get some good advice as to what he should do.

I hope this helps a bit!

Claire x

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   Posted 4/8/2006 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
For those who are unfamiliar with it, the GI diet that Claire is referring to is the Glycemic Index diet. It's a food plan that takes into account the impact of different types of carbohydrates on blood sugar. Some highly refined starches are more readily absorbed into the blood stream than some less refined ones. An example would be apple juice where the fructose is ready to be absorbed vs. an apple where you must chew, digest and breakdown the cell walls of the fruit to access the fructose. Another example would be flour where the starch molecules are sort of pre-chewed by processing vs. bulgar wheat (chopped wheat grains) that must be digested before the carbs are accessable by the body. Different fruits, vegetables and grains as well as breads, pastas and beverages have radically different absorption rates that can throw off anyone's food plan especially if they are trying to maintain tight control.

Glycemic index is not the same as calorie content or carb content. GI plans are for people trying to keep their blood sugar level without too many highs or lows. Hope this helps.
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