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Hypoglycemia And Gluten Intolerance

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Hello,

I saw a couple posts on this but they are old, so thought Id see if any new members can relate. I have been hypoglycemic since about 2004. Discovered wheat, dairy, and soy allergy in August 2010. Gluten free since Dec. 2010 and have many symptoms including unexplained loss of periods and osteoporosis. In Jan. 2008 I began eating meat (after about 4 years of vegetarianism) and my periods started again. Since then I am back to a healthy weight but I cannot go a day without eating meat. I eat meat for breakfast (eggs or sausage) lunch and dinner and if I get less than what I need, my blood sugar is low for several hours, I feel extremely hungry and weak and cannot sleep well. Struggling to provide this expensive, time-consuming diet is what led me to ask my holistic chiropractor about gluten. Based on her applied kinesiology and my experience of my eczema completely disappearing when off gluten, I believe I am probably gluten intolerant.

Anyhow, I am wondering if your hypoglycemia has gotten better or gone away since going gluten free?

Thanks so much! And I look forward to being part of this community.

Andrea

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Hello,

I saw a couple posts on this but they are old, so thought Id see if any new members can relate. I have been hypoglycemic since about 2004. Discovered wheat, dairy, and soy allergy in August 2010. Gluten free since Dec. 2010 and have many symptoms including unexplained loss of periods and osteoporosis. In Jan. 2008 I began eating meat (after about 4 years of vegetarianism) and my periods started again. Since then I am back to a healthy weight but I cannot go a day without eating meat. I eat meat for breakfast (eggs or sausage) lunch and dinner and if I get less than what I need, my blood sugar is low for several hours, I feel extremely hungry and weak and cannot sleep well. Struggling to provide this expensive, time-consuming diet is what led me to ask my holistic chiropractor about gluten. Based on her applied kinesiology and my experience of my eczema completely disappearing when off gluten, I believe I am probably gluten intolerant.

Anyhow, I am wondering if your hypoglycemia has gotten better or gone away since going gluten free?

Thanks so much! And I look forward to being part of this community.

Andrea

I have problems if I don't eat enough protein with a meal. As long as I have protein I am fine. I always keep a bag of almonds on-hand in case I get shaky and it makes a big difference.

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A lot of it will depend on what sort of gluten free food you're eating. Are you going to have a bowl of white rice with a stirfy of bell peppers, carrots, and zucchini? That's a lot of carbs (even if a lot of fiber) with very little protein and maybe not much fat if you don't add it and you'll probably feel crummy. Are you going to have lentil soup made with some olive oil? Then you'll probably have a better blood sugar balance.

How are you typically eating?

(And yes, some of us need the concentrated protein in meat.)

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Since I've figured out I'm gluten intolerant, I've also been able to track my hypoglycemia to times when I get glutened. When I am not having symptoms of being glutened, then I don't seem to have the problems with low blood sugar so much (unless, of course, I don't eat for a really long time). Maybe you do need to pay attention to the complete, highly packed protein more. There are protein powders that can help supplement if you are wanting to eat less meat, but may just focusing on high protein snacks throughout the day would help too...if you aren't allergic to nuts try a peanut sauce on gluten-free noodles or over rice.

Hypoglycemia absolutely sucks, and I'm sorry you are struggling with this.

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