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nicole1011
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   Posted 4/27/2007 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone get dizzy an hour or so after they eat? If so, what does this mean?


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metres
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   Posted 4/29/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you on any meds?
I assume that you don't always exercise immediately after eating.

LanieG
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   Posted 4/30/2007 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Nicole, if dizziness is a frequent problem, you need to alert your doctor.  As Metres said, maybe it's medication if you take any or a stenuous activity too soon after eating.  It could be a drop in blood pressure or blood sugar but you need to find out why it's happening.  Dizziness isn't a normal sensation after eating.
Lanie
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nicole1011
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   Posted 4/30/2007 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually exercise 20 minutes after eating but the dizziness usually only happens when I eat too many carbs at one time. For example, the other day I had a veggie omelet with cheese, fruit salad, multigrain toast with jam for lunch. An hour later at the office I got really tired and dizzy. Perhaps it happens because I am eating too many carbs. I am on meds for high blood pressure but I don't think that's what causes it.

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LanieG
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   Posted 4/30/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh, then you're right.  Maybe the carbs are making the blood sugar rise too quickly and drop quickly, making you feel very tired.  Being very tired might make you feel dizzy, like you want to lie down and go to sleep.  Two years ago in the fall when it was getting cold here, I'd eat a bowl of oatmeal for lunch with maple syrup (This is before I was "pre-diabtic".) and half an hour later I'd want to take a nap.  Now, I realize it was that same reaction.  Since I'm also trying to control this with no meds, I can't do that anymore.  So, trying cutting out the toast and jam.  Good luck!

Lanie


"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise


nicole1011
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   Posted 4/30/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, that's what I figured.

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LanieG
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   Posted 4/30/2007 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Nicole, we're in the same boat along with a couple of others who post on this forum.  I don't take any meds and I'm controlling this with diet and exercise.  In my case I need to lose weight which I'm doing - still need another 15 lbs off.  You'll probably find that the simple and complex carbohydrates will raise the blood sugar so never eat any of them alone.  Bread, cereals, rice, corn and potatoes will all have that effect.  If you choose to eat any of them, you should also eat protein with them like during a meal.  That doesn't work for me very well because I might be further along in diabetes than you are, so I don't eat any of them.  I get carbs from vegetables and beans and milk products.  I hope you have a glucose monitor to test your blood sugar so you know what raises it.  Also, daily exercise helps keep the blood sugar in line. Good luck!

Lanie 


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nicole1011
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   Posted 4/30/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor said I don't need to monitor my blood at this point. She will test me again in six months. She would like me to lose 20 pounds though (or more) so I am trying to do that. So we will see. I also have some other medical issues that I am dealing with. Apparently I have high platelets and high white blood cells (neutrophils) so I am going to a hematologist to see what's about. Four different blood tests showed this so they will be investigating. I hope it is not cancer.
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/30/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Nicole,
Not trying to be all doom and gloom here but go out and get yourself a meter. First of all, it will help you track what is what with the foods you eat. For example, I can eat potatoes, my father-in-law couldn't. Corn flakes are like candy to my blood sugar. I wouldn't know which foods did what without my meter.

You can buy a Prestige IQ meter with 300 test strips for about $100 online. That's about the cost of five Friday night pizzas. It could help you save your eyesight, kidneys and feet. Sometimes, at the drugstore a meter will have a rebate making it free if you buy a few boxes of test strips, but the companies that do that usually have the very expensive replacement test strips.

My point is this. Your doctor doesn't own your numbers, you do. How can you take responsibility for your food plan if you don't know how it's working? I'd get a meter. If your doctor objects, I'd find a new doctor. Just my 2ยข.
~ Jeannie
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Yours may be one of them...

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- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


LanieG
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   Posted 4/30/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Nicole, Jeannie is absolutely right.  You have to get a meter whether your insurance covers it or not.  If you're feeling that dizzy after eating the oatmeal and bread and jam, your blood sugar is bouncing up and down and your body is too sensitive to the carbohydrates in the meal.  I'm not a doctor, but take my 2 cents for what it's worth from a 58 year old who's controlling her diabetes pretty successfuly so far with diet and exercise.  The other condition you mention, the increase of neutrophils, could be a response to a major infection, smoking, stress and even obesity.  And I'm glad you're having further tests.  Losing the weight which you're trying to do is fantastic.  It's not easy but I can tell you I've lost 30 lbs since last summer following my regime of diet and exercise because being diagnosed as "prediabetic" scared the patooties out of me.  Good luck and be sure to continue to ask questions as you're doing because I believe you'll get only good advice here.

Lanie


"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise


nicole1011
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   Posted 4/30/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, i will take your advice into consideration.
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