Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is a problem that is much over­looked by many doctors today. It is a condition that usually results from an over active pancreas (too much insulin) and an under active adrenal gland.
Let’s explain that a little further: let’s say you ate a candy bar (for example), within a matter of minutes the blood sugar level rises substantially. When this happens the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas are stimulated to secrete insulin, the insulin tells the liver to convert excess blood sugar to glycogen (the form sugar is stored as in the body). Now, when the blood sugar drops below the normal level the adrenal glands are stimulated to secrete a hormone to tell the liver to change the glycogen back to glucose (blood sugar) so the body can make use of it. In diabetes there is not sufficient amount of insulin therefore the blood sugar level remains high. But, in hypoglycemia, because the pancreas is over active, it is secreting too much insulin, thereby, lowering the blood sugar too much (below normal limits). As mentioned before, when this happens the adrenal glands secrete a hormone to raise the blood sugar level but in hypoglycemia the adrenals are under active therefore they are unable to raise the blood sugar level sufficiently. We now have a state of low blood sugar which will result in a variety of possible symptoms.

Symptoms
(Some of the more common symptoms are:)

Irritability Mental confusion Fatigue Crying spells Depression Indecisiveness Nervousness Exhaustion Craves sweets Constant worrying Dizziness Headaches Forgetfulness Nightmares Insomnia Phobias Lack of concentration

Following a diet high in complex carbohydrates and moderately high in protein and fats (oils - unsaturated) is essential to first controlling and then the treatment of hypoglycemia. This should consist of either 5 to 6 small meals per day or 3 normal moderate meals with snacks in between. All simple carbohydrates (sugars in the form of sugar, honey, molasses, fructose and fruits etc.) must be avoided altogether. Fruits and some other sweeteners (such as molasses, pure maple syrup, and acacia or tupelo honey) MAY be added back to the diet after about 3 weeks, consult your physician. Refined sugar, caffeine and alcohol must be permanently avoided from the diet. Remember, also, to read labels because there are a lot of hidden sugars. Sugars may come in the form of not only sugar but also dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, sucrose, maltose, turbinado and corn syrup, to mention a few.
Keep in mind that the diet represents 50% or more of the total program; the efficacy of the other parts of the program as administered by your physician, the proper nutritional supplements, hinges on your following this diet. With it, results are often very good but without it nothing can be accomplished.

Foods to Avoid

Beverages: Alcoholic and caffeine containing beverages (such as beer, wine, coffee, cocoa, cola, soft drinks), fruit juices* and diet soft drinks containing real fruit juice (except lemon & lime).
Vegetables: Sweet pickles and relishes and most canned vegetables (they contain sugar).
Other Vegetables**: Hominy, potatoes (okay in moderation with protein), white rice, shell beans, sweet potatoes and yams.
Fruit: Fresh fruit* (see below), dried fruit and canned fruit, blueberry, any in heavy syrup, grapes, guava, huckleberry, mango, plantain, banana.
Meat: Processed meats such as canned, cold cuts (with sweeteners), hot dogs (with sweeteners), sausage, bacon and ham containing sugar etc.
Breads: White breads, cereal, crackers, waffles, pancakes, pasta****
Sweets***: Anything containing sugar in any form (see above), barley malt.
Misc.: Cigarettes, certain drugs will affect hypoglycemia (such as alcohol containing drugs, Anacin®, cold tablets, Midol® and narcotics); mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and salad dressings.

* usually can be added back into the diet IN
MODERATION
in about 3 weeks
** should be avoided in more severe cases for 2 to
3 weeks
*** acacia or tupelo honey along with pure maple
syrup, molasses, sorghum and succinate sugar
usually can be added back into the diet
IN
MODERATION
in about 3 weeks
**** After 1 month or stabilized hypoglycemia pasta
may be added, preferred: soy, vegetable or
whole wheat

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Allowable Foods


Beverages: Herb teas, decaffeinated (water process) coffee (in moderation), coffee substitutes (such as Pero®, Cafix®, Dacopa®, Bambu® and Pioneer®), clear broth, most vegetable juices and milk
Vegetables: Most vegetables not mentioned above.
Fruits: Avocado, tomatoes (see above), lemon & lime
Meats: All unprocessed meats, fish and poultry (watch out for batters and breadings - they may contain sugar)
Breads and grains: Most whole grain breads can be tolerated in moderation, brown rice and whole grains
Sweets: (See above,) Acacia and Tupelo honey only, succinate sugar, Agave nector or Stevia.
Fats and Oils: Oils are essential for certain hormone production so the use of butter, cream, whole milk (if tolerated), vegetable oils are necessary to maintain a well balanced diet. Animal fats will not affect hypoglycemia but are best to keep to a minimum.
Snacks: Protein - meat, fish, foul, shell fish, cheese, dairy products and eggs, all nuts and nut butters (including peanuts). Every two hours until stabilized. Two spirilina tablets may be substituted
Fruits: (in moderation after hypoglycemia has stabilized and with a source of protein) Best choices (lower carbohydrates) - Boysenberry, cantaloupe, casaba melon, coconut (fresh), cranberry, fruit salad (no grapes), gooseberry, honeydew melon, lemon-lime, strawberry. Higher carbohydrate choice: limited amounts - Apple, apricot, blackberry, cherry, dewberry, grapefruit, loganberry, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, raspberry, tangerine, elderberry.


Below are a couple suggested menus, not something you
need to stick to strickly but to give you an idea how to eat.

Suggested Menu 1 (if no allergy)

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 slice whole grain bread
1 glass milk or other acceptable beverage
Snack: 1 oz. cheese, nuts, protein tablets or combination of
nuts and vegetables (celery or carrot sticks)
Lunch: Hamburg patty, Salad with oil and vinegar, sauteed
mushrooms with butter, Acceptable beverage
Snack: Same as above
Dinner: Broiled chicken, Mixed raw vegetables,
Acceptable beverage
Snack: Same as above


Suggested Menu 2 (if no allergy)
Breakfast: Hot oat meal with milk; sweetened with Stevia
1 Glass milk or other acceptable beverage
(If dairy allergy - can use soy, almond or rice milk)
1 Slice whole grain toast (if wheat allergy - try spelt)
Snack: See MENU I
Lunch: Tuna salad with celery
Cheese wedge
Lettuce, olives, radishes
Herb tea
Snack: Same
Dinner: Roast beef or turkey
Carrots, Potato, Salad with oil and vinegar
Carob peanut balls
Herb tea

CAROB & PEANUT BUTTER BALLS RECIPE

1 Cup peanut butter (unsweetened) or other nut butter
1/4 Cup unsweetened carob powder
1/2 Cup powdered milk or non-dairy protein powder (if dairy allergy) or combination
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1/4 Cup (if allowed by physician) acacia,tupelo honey; or pure maple syrup or combination or Agave nector
1/2 Cup melted butter
(optional) sunflower seeds and/or nuts, sesame seeds

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Form into balls & roll in sesame seeds if desired or pat into pan & cut into squares. Chill.

** IMPORTANT FINAL REMINDER:

Remember to read all labels, many foods that you would not think, may have hidden sugars in one form or another.
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