Does weight loss affect hypoglycemia?
Asked by anonymous on Nov 14, 2008 in Health Conditions



I used to have my hypoglycemia under control with diet, but since losing 30 pounds and starting to run, I'm shaky all the time. I crash nearly every day. What's going on?


Answer

Your hypoglycemia most likely recurred because you do not eat enough calories and carbohydrates, especially since you run. Sensitivity to insulin increases in hypoglycemia and with exercise; insulin clears glucose from the bloodstream and that is when the symptoms occur. The diet for hypoglycemia promotes a steady release of glucose. It has six small meals spread throughout the day, each each containing complex carbohydrate, protein and some fat. You, personally, need about 1900 calories a day, with a mini-meal of 40 grams of carbohydrate and 15 grams of protein every 2-3 hours . Experiment with eating before and after you run to see which feels best. If you need more help, visit a registered dietitian.


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