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I was wondering if anyone else suffers from feelings of low blood sugar? When I first went gluten free about 2 months ago my feelings of low blood sugar went away but they are starting to come back. Anyone have this? or have any advice on getting it more under control?

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In my experience it was yeast overgrowth.

I had bad boughts of it until I started taking Candex and probiotics everyday.

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I have reactive hypoglycemia. Pretty easily controlled with making sure ALL of my meals are WELL balanced with plenty of fat and protein to go along with moderate carbs. And responding quickly if I feel symptoms - if I start feeling the effects, I eat something, so I generally carry food with me.

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Like you my low blood sugar got better after going gluten-free. But I do sometimes still have issues with it. I have found it helps if I'm careful about what I eat and when. I make sure I'm combining carbs and protein when I eat and not overloading on carbs. I had too much Spaghetti squash the other night and apparently did not have enough protein with the meal and was hit hard with low blood sugar not long after the neal. The squash was oh so good, hence the too much, but it is high on the glycemic index. It kinda crashed my system so to speak. For me it can take 20 minutes or more to feel better no matter what I do from that point.

Also as gluten-free people we tends to substitute in a lot of rice products. Things like rice milk and rice noodles and rice cakes all carry a huge glycemic load. Potatos are not as high on the index, but they are still up there. So the foods we're using in place of the gluten foods can be part of the problem.

Look up the glycemic index and find a reference listing of what types of food are high. Foods higher on the glycemic index convert faster to sugar than those low on the index. I believe the low after the sugar high is what gets us. For me it has been trial and error finding out what works for my body and some foods affect me differently.

I was wondering if anyone else suffers from feelings of low blood sugar? When I first went gluten free about 2 months ago my feelings of low blood sugar went away but they are starting to come back. Anyone have this? or have any advice on getting it more under control?
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Thanks for all the insite and the quick response. I have noticed with more balanced meals i do better and i will keep track of that and the glycemic index. What probiotics do you take? or is there just a general blend? i don't know much about those. Thanks again

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In my experience it was yeast overgrowth.

I had bad boughts of it until I started taking Candex and probiotics everyday.

How did you know it was yeast overgrowth and not low blood sugar?

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How did you know it was yeast overgrowth and not low blood sugar?

I should have been more clear.

It was low blood sugar, caused by yeast.

After being glutened severely, or taking anti biotics, I would have hypoglycemia attacks regularly. My endo gave me a tester and I'd be all over the place but dipping down into the 60's after eating.

I tried to control it with diet and food and sometimes it would get better, I could have anything with no problems. Then it would get worse again. At times it was very very severe, othertimes mild over the course of a few months.

They found no reason for the hypoglycemia but it only happened after anti-biotics or glutening. I came up with the connection to yeast after seeing that both anti biotics and glutening have a similar effect killing off the good bacteria and allowing yeast to overgrow. Yeast feeds on sugar and "ate" the sugar before my body did.

I had successfully taking anti-biotics once without having an reaction but at the time I was on a no flour/no sugar diet so didn't upset the balance as much. A few months later after getting back to carbs/sugar I had a similar reaction taking an anti-biotic for a day or two.

Since taking Candex and probiotics the entire problem went away regardless of if I take antibiotics or get glutened. Once I did come up with the link the problem went away within 3-4 days of taking the Candex.

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I should have been more clear.

It was low blood sugar, caused by yeast.

After being glutened severely, or taking anti biotics, I would have hypoglycemia attacks regularly. My endo gave me a tester and I'd be all over the place but dipping down into the 60's after eating.

I tried to control it with diet and food and sometimes it would get better, I could have anything with no problems. Then it would get worse again. At times it was very very severe, othertimes mild over the course of a few months.

They found no reason for the hypoglycemia but it only happened after anti-biotics or glutening. I came up with the connection to yeast after seeing that both anti biotics and glutening have a similar effect killing off the good bacteria and allowing yeast to overgrow. Yeast feeds on sugar and "ate" the sugar before my body did.

I had successfully taking anti-biotics once without having an reaction but at the time I was on a no flour/no sugar diet so didn't upset the balance as much. A few months later after getting back to carbs/sugar I had a similar reaction taking an anti-biotic for a day or two.

Since taking Candex and probiotics the entire problem went away regardless of if I take antibiotics or get glutened. Once I did come up with the link the problem went away within 3-4 days of taking the Candex.

I was curious, because I've always had eczema and low blood sugar (low blood sugar since a teen), I've always also basically eaten carbs and sugar. A few years ago I went to a dermatologist for my severe eczema on my ears and she said it wasn't eczema that it was yeast overgrowth. I didn't take the medicine and blew her off. It's still here and has spread since then. I'm on day 6 of no wheat (or yeast) and no sugar (except for fruit and only one per day). I've been reading on Candida, I think it's slowly been growing over the last 10 years, as it started with gastro problems and has progressed because it was never treated. I am going to buy some probiotics today, but what is Candex? I'm also going to buy some organic tea tree oil to put on the skin.

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I was curious, because I've always had eczema and low blood sugar (low blood sugar since a teen), I've always also basically eaten carbs and sugar. A few years ago I went to a dermatologist for my severe eczema on my ears and she said it wasn't eczema that it was yeast overgrowth. I didn't take the medicine and blew her off. It's still here and has spread since then. I'm on day 6 of no wheat (or yeast) and no sugar (except for fruit and only one per day). I've been reading on Candida, I think it's slowly been growing over the last 10 years, as it started with gastro problems and has progressed because it was never treated. I am going to buy some probiotics today, but what is Candex? I'm also going to buy some organic tea tree oil to put on the skin.

I had all that too. I used to get a very bad rash on the inner thighs and ankles, plus a dry spot behind the left ear. Doctor did tell me it was yeast but seasonal...wearing jeans/sweat pants, being outside in the humidity, etc.

She gave me a topical cream and that took care of it. Happened 2-3 times per year. Now I go back it was gluten upsetting the balance allowing the yeast to grow. Its a roulette wheel as far as what happens but when I got glutened in the past the rash would come back just less severe.

With Candex nothing. Candex is a natural pill you take that basically eats yeast. I talk about it a lot and probably sound like a commercial for it but it worked great for me. i discovered it a year or so ago and it took away all the ups and downs both mentally and physically as I assume yeast growth went up and down.

It is not cheap, $50 for a months supply but it really has worked well for me.

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I had all that too. I used to get a very bad rash on the inner thighs and ankles, plus a dry spot behind the left ear. Doctor did tell me it was yeast but seasonal...wearing jeans/sweat pants, being outside in the humidity, etc.

She gave me a topical cream and that took care of it. Happened 2-3 times per year. Now I go back it was gluten upsetting the balance allowing the yeast to grow. Its a roulette wheel as far as what happens but when I got glutened in the past the rash would come back just less severe.

With Candex nothing. Candex is a natural pill you take that basically eats yeast. I talk about it a lot and probably sound like a commercial for it but it worked great for me. i discovered it a year or so ago and it took away all the ups and downs both mentally and physically as I assume yeast growth went up and down.

It is not cheap, $50 for a months supply but it really has worked well for me.

I love anything natural, nothing has helped my Candida on my ears/scalp, I will definitely check it out! Thanks!

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I was wondering if anyone else suffers from feelings of low blood sugar? When I first went gluten free about 2 months ago my feelings of low blood sugar went away but they are starting to come back. Anyone have this? or have any advice on getting it more under control?

I really found this thread and its responses to be very interesting. I, too, find that I have issues with yeast overgrowth when I get glutened. I seem to have the opposite problem from many of you, though. My blood sugars go UP when I've been glutened and/or have yeast overgrowth.

Maybe it's that I'm eating more carby, sugary foods when I have the yeast, I don't know, but I do know that I've had AM fasting sugars as high as 137 during those periods. It's when I've managed to steer clear of the gluten and don't have the overgrowth issue that I get feelings/readings of hypoglycemia - as low as 35 (!!) but usually in the high 70's to high 90's. It usually takes at least a week for my body to readjust to the lower sugars so that I'm not feeling hot, shaky, dizzy and ready to pass out.

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Since I have gone gluten-free my Hypoglycemia has gotten better. I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one.

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