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For the past week or so, I've been experiencing dizziness, headaches, confusion, stomach cramps, and symptoms that like which are really unpleasant. I happened to be with my grandma twice while experiencing them, and she has a blood sugar tester, since she has diabetes, and so both times it came back around 60.

Now, it says causes of low blood sugar are not eating enough or too much time inbetween meals. I'm not sure how I'd fix this. I'm eating 1400 calories a day and am still not losing weight very fast. (around 10 pounds since the middle of December) I guess my eating has changed some since I started a second job and don't have the time to make sure I eat breakfast much. Should I add more snacks, because generally I eat 3-4 meals, normally five hours apart? Should I up my calories?


I'm guessing maybe see a doctor, except I don't have insurance and am really financially limited.

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seeing a doctor wouldn't be a be a bad idea because you might be diabetic yourself, but don't let that worry you too much.  It's not very commen in younger people.  Something I would suggest doing is carrying a chocolate bar or a sugary drink with you and whenever you start to experiance dizziness, headaches confision etc, have that something sugary and that should hopefully make you feel better. 

As for not loosing weight very fast, that's a good thing.  It's more dangerous to loose weight too fast and you're also more likely to put it back on afterwards aswell.  I'm the classic example. Yell  Slow is always the way to go.

Definitely see the doctor about your symptoms if you can. In turn, as you say, if you are not eating enough for your height, weight, activity level, age and gender this would also explain your symptoms.

You certainly look under 21 by your profile picture and I have to tell you, if you are under 21 and female the bare minimum calorie intake is 1500 a day when totally sedentary. And, CC's tools are inaccurate for an under 21, so you should use this calculator to work out your burn instead: http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/bodycomp/bmiz2.html as you are still growing. Yes, even in the later years - there's more going on inside of you that you simply can't see.

Losing weight too fast is often a sign you're losing muscle and water over fat. Slow and steady wins the race; a healthy and sustainable rate of loss is 0.5lbs to 2lbs a week. And, make sure you eat semi-regularly, with three main meals and two to three snacks. In these meals you want lots of slow release energy foods - low GI where possible - as well as the right balance of proteins, carbs, fats, fruit/veg and dairy.

If your sugar drops so drastically that you feel ready to faint, however, as Jenny has said carry a sudden release energy food like a banana, a small chocolate bar, or dried fruits around with you as a precautionary measure.

So yes. See a doctor, up your calorie intake, spread out your intake with meals and snacks. If the calculator is confusing tell me your stats (height, weight, activity level, age) and I can help you out.

There are three main ways to avoid hypoglycaemic attacks (low blood sugars)

  • Eat regularly.... vital to have breakfast... three main meals and some light snacks in between
  • Choose good quality wholefoods with plenty of fibre and protein, vegetables, Low GI wholegrains, lean meat/fish, fruit.  Avoid sugary foods and those that have been heavily processed or refined.  eg.  wholemeal bread is better for you than white bread if you have hypoglycaemic/pre-diabetic tendencies
  • Eat enough for your age/size/activity level.....  If that means increasing your intake, do so.  If you feel light-headed, eat something.

There are other medical problems that could result in many of the same symptoms.  Anaemia (low iron stores) springs to mind.  For that reason, do go to see your doctor. 

 

I'm sixteen, five foot three., between 147 and 145 pounds. I don't exercise that much - a half hour walk everyday, but I do work two jobs, one fast food (on my feet all the time) and the other babysitting and clean my house. So, I guess I'd be low activity, so I burn about 2220 calories a day? So a five hundred calorie deficient a day would be like, 1700?

I normally just eat three meals and no snacks, too.

One day soon, in the mail, we should be getting foodstamps and insurance cards, which will help A LOT. I'll go see my doctor then and talk to him about it.

I guess my weight loss goal isn't really too possible? Maybe I should make it 125 by my birthday at the end of July?

I just really feel like I'm not going to be able to lose ANY weight or it'll take forever.

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I'm sixteen, five foot three., between 147 and 145 pounds. I don't exercise that much - a half hour walk everyday, but I do work two jobs, one fast food (on my feet all the time) and the other babysitting and clean my house. So, I guess I'd be low activity, so I burn about 2220 calories a day? So a five hundred calorie deficient a day would be like, 1700?

I normally just eat three meals and no snacks, too.

One day soon, in the mail, we should be getting foodstamps and insurance cards, which will help A LOT. I'll go see my doctor then and talk to him about it.

I guess my weight loss goal isn't really too possible? Maybe I should make it 125 by my birthday at the end of July?

I just really feel like I'm not going to be able to lose ANY weight or it'll take forever.

 My Hubby has Hypoglycemia, and he had all the same problems you mentioned.  The most helpful advice I can give you would be to add in those snacks!!!  You want to keep your blood sugar level.  So, eating every 3 hours is the best way to do this.  Have your 3 main meals, then add a snack in between these meals.  It should go: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. 

Also, do these symptoms happen right after you have eaten a meal?  Or is it mainly when you go along time without eating something?  This would be a great thing to explain to your doctor.  You definitely should see a doctor. 

 

I am diabetic and have been for years.  Your reading of 60 qualifies you as being diabetic. Whether you are simply a person who goes into severe hypoglycemia or just a person who suffers from the highs and lows of blood sugar spikes.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this is because it fuels your body for the beginning of the day until snack time.  You should be consuming around 400 calories at this meal or a little more considering your age. Say your breakfast, like mine is 5-6am then your snack should be around 9:30-10.  You should have something to eat every 3-4 hours.  A meal then a snack in between. I would recommend a snack of about 150 calories.

A good weight loss is about 1-1.5 pounds a week, for a person to remain healthy.  Consistent high losses in weight will only lead to more problems, such as gallbladder problems.  I can mention a few people on this site that has happened to and now they wish they would have loss at a slower pace. Not only that they are so complusive about the scale now, they are mentally unhealthy, they even say that about themselves or are seeking professional help. 

At your young age, you don't need those types of issues.  I highly recommend going to a doctor for a blood sugar check and don't let them do a simple finger prick.  Have them do a HBA1C. This will show your blood sugar over 3 month period and also have them do a finger prick.

If there is more you'd like to know about dieting and diabetes, I will be more than glad to help you out, just PM me, if you'd like.

Have a protein and a carb if you are feeling low. Cheese and crackers. or a small individual bag of peanuts. Opt for the Orange juice or milk if you are under 70.

Take care and God Bless.

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