Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Lori Geurin
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- My Personal Experience With Reactive Hypoglycemia
- A Hypoglycemia Wake-Up Call
- Failing a Glucose Test and Treatment Plan
- How Intermittent Fasting Eliminated My Hypoglycemia Symptoms
- What Is Reactive Hypoglycemia?
- Symptoms of Reactive Hypoglycemia
- Questions About Reactive Hypoglycemia and Intermittent Fasting
- Blood Glucose Levels
- What Is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?
- Final Thoughts – How Intermittent Fasting Eliminated My Reactive Hypoglycemia Symptoms
- How To Use Intermittent Fasting For Reactive Hypoglycemia
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My Personal Experience With Reactive Hypoglycemia
I first came across the term reactive hypoglycemia (RH) in an internet research article.
On numerous occasions, I was on the verge of fainting with my head between my knees or lying down on the couch while my husband tried to bring my sugar levels back up with a banana and
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A Hypoglycemia Wake-Up Call
My doctor ordered me a fasting 3-hour glucose tolerance test. If you’ve ever been through this, you know the experience takes half a day. You have to drink a cold, syrupy (and nauseating) liquid, then wait at the doctor’s office, having your blood drawn multiple times at 1-hour intervals to check your glucose levels. I remember feeling okay after the first blood draw and sleepy and sick after the second.
Then, after the third blood draw, I was ready to leave because I felt extremely weak and nauseated. The office was only a 10-minute drive from my house, so I didn’t think much of it. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20.
So I got in my car and drove about a half-mile from the doctor’s office. When I got to a sharp curve I’d driven many times before. I could feel myself fading in and out of consciousness. I nearly passed out, driving off the road and almost into a ditch.
It was frightening. If I’d known how out of it I truly was, I would never have ventured to drive myself home. I was thankful I was safe and didn’t cause an accident. Although it certainly wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made, it was definitely a wake-up call.
Intermittent Fasting Video
Here’s a quick video on intermittent fasting and hypoglycemia from Dr. Eric Berg.
Failing a Glucose Test and Treatment Plan
My doctor phoned me a few days later to tell me that my test results revealed reactive hypoglycemia, as expected. She inquired about my post-blood draw feelings, and I confessed my near-collision. Then she said she wasn’t sure how I’d gotten home since my glucose levels were so dangerously low. She suggested I start learning about intermittent fasting.
I was cautiously optimistic, having learned from experience that my complicated health condition made me a difficult case. I had no idea what I’d found that would cure my hypoglycemia. And at this point, everything started to change for me and my health…
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How Intermittent Fasting Eliminated My Hypoglycemia Symptoms
After making a plan with my doctor, I immediately began researching how to reverse hypoglycemia. I found information about intermittent fasting and how it reduces insulin resistance and can prevent Type 2 diabetes.[*] I started the 16:8 fasting plan (very gradually, at first), and within a couple of weeks, I noticed dramatic improvements in my health.
To learn how I did this, check out the intermittent fasting guide.
The fatigue, persistent hunger, and sugar and carbohydrate cravings all vanished. I used to suffer from horrible brain fog due to the neurological impact of untreated Lyme disease, but IF has also helped with that. Also, I have a hard time concentrating, but during my fasts, I’m more focused and able to concentrate.
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I wish I’d learned about IF years ago since it has improved my health and simplified my life. So, if you’re wondering whether there’s a treatment for reactive hypoglycemia, I recommend speaking with your doctor to see whether intermittent fasting might benefit you too.
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What Is Reactive Hypoglycemia?
Reactive hypoglycemia (or postprandial hypoglycemia) is a condition in which you have low blood sugar shortly after eating. It’s generally within hours of eating.
Symptoms of Reactive Hypoglycemia
Symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia generally include:
- Sleepiness or drowsiness
- Mild sweating
- Feeling jittery or anxious
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Cold sweats
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Questions About Reactive Hypoglycemia and Intermittent Fasting
Is Reactive Hypoglycemia A Sign Of Diabetes?
Yes, it may indicate that you’re at risk for developing diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is often preceded by the body’s inability to produce enough insulin, or worse, your cells stop responding to it. When this happens, sugar (glucose) builds up in the blood. This condition, known as “hyperglycemia,” causes symptoms like increased thirst and urination.[*]
Is Reactive Hypoglycemia Reversible?
Yes, it’s absolutely possible to reverse the symptoms of hypoglycemia with some lifestyle changes.
Does Intermittent Fasting Help Lower Blood Sugar?
Yes! One study showed how intermittent fasting reduces blood sugar and fasting insulin levels.[*]
Another study shows how IF can improve insulin resistance. These fasting benefits are beneficial for anyone, particularly people dealing with blood sugar issues and type 2 diabetes.[*]
What Triggers Reactive Hypoglycemia?
The scientific understanding is murky, but it appears that it happens when your body produces too much insulin as a result of eating a meal high in carbs. The body continues to release insulin long after you’ve finished eating.
And this extra insulin boost causes your body to fall below normal levels.
What’s fascinating is that many healthcare experts advocate eating more frequently to help manage the symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia. However, for me (and a lot of other people), this just makes matters worse.
I discovered that eating less frequently, intermittent fasting was the key!
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Can I Fast If If I Am Hypoglycemic?
Yes, but I always advise consulting with your doctor first to ensure that IF is right for you and your unique health demands. One study looks at a group of young adults who have reported hypoglycemia and how they responded to a 24-hour fast.[*]
How Long Does It Take For Intermittent Fasting To Lower Blood Sugar?
One nurse explains how he brought his type 2 diabetes into remission with a combination of intermittent fasting and walking after meals. He said intermittent fasting (OMAD fasting) for a week lowered his blood sugars. He was also following a keto diet plan.
Blood Glucose Levels
Blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, is what our bodies use for energy. When blood glucose levels are low, our bodies break down glycogen in the liver and muscles to release glucose. When blood glucose is high, excess glucose will be stored by the body as a source of energy for later use.
Many things can affect blood glucose levels, such as diet, physical activity, stress levels, and illness. Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, regulates blood glucose levels by controlling how much glucose enters the bloodstream from the liver, muscles, and fat cells. People with diabetes have lower than normal insulin levels or do not respond properly to insulin, which can cause high blood sugar levels.
To monitor blood glucose levels, diabetics use a glucometer, which is a small handheld device that measures blood glucose levels.
There are many different ways to manage high and low blood glucose levels, including changes to diet, physical activity, stress levels, and medication. Some common strategies include eating foods high in fiber and protein (which help keep blood sugar stable), staying active to increase metabolism and burn excess glucose, managing stress through relaxation techniques or exercise, and following medication regimens prescribed by a doctor.
If you are a diabetic, monitoring your blood glucose levels regularly and talking to your doctor about the best strategies for managing high or low blood sugar is important. By making small changes to your diet, activity level, stress level, and medication regimen, you can help keep blood sugar at healthy levels and prevent complications from diabetes.
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What Is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?
Fasting isn’t a new concept. It’s been around for ages. The cavemen and cavewomen did it back in the paleolithic era. Our bodies were designed to live through periods of feast and famine. It was a necessity.
Intermittent fasting, or IF, is a timing concept. It is not about what you eat. But it is about when you eat or when you don’t eat.
Most of you have probably been told you should never skip breakfast – that it is the most important meal of the day – or so they say.
Likewise, you have undoubtedly heard that you should eat frequent meals and snacks to avoid hunger and boost weight loss. Yet, it doesn’t matter how many ‘experts’ repeat this information because the research does not support it.
Author of The Belly Fat Book, Dr. Dennis Clark, remarks:
“The recommendation of eating six small meals per day, to keep the furnace burning hot, has become dogma in some circles. However, the common advice for frequent meals to keep the body’s furnace burning hot makes no sense physiologically or biochemically.”
Of course, this is probably why, when I followed their advice, I was constantly hungry, gained weight, had non-stop cravings, and developed hypoglycemia in the first place.
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Proven Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting
- Increased longevity (*)
- Reduced oxidative stress and inflammation (*)
- Lowered risk of cancer (*)
- Lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (*)
- Regulated hormones (*)
- Cell repair – autophagy (*)
- Weight loss and loss of belly fat (*)
Final Thoughts – How Intermittent Fasting Eliminated My Reactive Hypoglycemia Symptoms
As you can see above, IF has some powerful benefits for health and longevity, including weight loss, a sharper memory, increased energy, and disease prevention. If you’re dealing with hypoglycemia like I was, I encourage you to talk to your doctor about whether IF may be a good option.
For the basics on how to get started with IF-ing, please check out The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting. Also, if you’d like to see how I transitioned gradually to intermittent fasting (including my eating/fasting schedule), be sure to read the follow-up to this article, Intermittent Fasting And Hypoglycemia.
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How To Use Intermittent Fasting For Reactive Hypoglycemia
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Printable Intermittent Fasting Tracker
Many people are concerned about weight loss, especially women starting families or pursuing careers. Intermittent fasting may help you lose weight without feeling hungry or restricted. The key, though, is to employ the most effective techniques! That’s where an intermittent fasting tracker comes in handy.
Here are six benefits of using an IF tracker:
- Provides encouragement and support when you’re having trouble sticking to your plan
- Keeps track of your progress so that you can evaluate what works best for YOU
- It helps you stay organized
- It motivates you to continue when you want to give up.
We created an easy-to-use printable intermittent fasting tracker to help you get the most out of your fasting lifestyle. You may see the tracker in our Thrive Berry Etsy shop by clicking through the image below.
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