Last Updated on May 3, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Wondering how to do intermittent fasting for reactive hypoglycemia symptoms? You’re in the right place!
I wrote this article to share how intermittent fasting got rid of my hypoglycemia symptoms in hopes that it will help you too. A few years ago I started having blood sugar issues nearly every day. I’d eat a meal or snack, then less than two hours later, break out in a cold sweat, feeling weak, dizzy, nauseated, and like I was going to pass out. Maybe you can relate?
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There were many times I was on the verge of fainting with my head between my knees or lying down on the couch while my husband fed me a banana with peanut butter trying to get my sugars back up. (I realize this story could give you the impression that I’m a diva or high-maintenance, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Really.)
These episodes started coming more often and more intensely. And, with all the other health problems I was struggling with as a result of untreated Lyme disease, I knew I should have it checked out.
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Reactive Hypoglycemia And A 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 feeling sleepy and sick after the second.
Then, after the third blood draw, I was so ready to leave and go home 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’ve 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 never would have ventured to drive myself home. I was thankful to be safe and that I didn’t cause an accident. Although it certainly wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made, it was definitely a wake-up call.
A Diagnosis And Treatment Plan For Hypoglycemia
As expected, my doctor called a few days later and said my test results showed that I had reactive hypoglycemia. She asked me how I’d felt after the last blood draw and I confessed my near-accident. Then she mentioned she didn’t know how I’d driven myself home because my glucose levels were so dangerously low. She referred me to a special diet for people with hypoglycemia and I started following it right away. She also mentioned looking into intermittent fasting.
As past experience had taught me with my complicated health status, I was cautiously optimistic. Little did I know that I’d found something that would cure my hypoglycemia. And that’s when everything started to change for me and my health…
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, you may want to read the intermittent fasting guide.
The cold sweats, weakness, constant hunger, and cravings for sweets and carbs essentially disappeared. I used to have horrible brain fog due to the neurological impact of Lyme, but IF has helped with that too. Also, I tend to be easily distracted, but during my fasting periods, I’m more focused and better able to concentrate than before.
I wish I’d known about IF years ago because it’s impacted my health in countless ways; Plus, it’s simplified my life. So if you’re wondering if there’s a cure for reactive hypoglycemia, I encourage you to talk with your doctor to see if intermittent fasting could work for you too.
What Is Reactive Hypoglycemia?
Reactive hypoglycemia (or postprandial hypoglycemia) is simply when you get low blood sugar after eating a meal. It typically occurs within a few hours after eating.
Is Reactive Hypoglycemia A Sign Of Diabetes?
Yes, it may indicate that you’re at risk for developing diabetes. For the good news, keep reading…
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, but particularly people dealing with blood sugar issues and type 2 diabetes.
What Triggers Reactive Hypoglycemia?
The science is not really clear but it seems to occur when your body makes too much insulin after eating a meal that’s full of carbs. For some reason, the body keeps releasing insulin even after you’re meal has digested.
And this extra boost of insulin causes your body to fall below normal levels.
What’s interesting is that many health professionals recommend eating more often to help manage the symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia. But for me (and a lot of people) this only makes the problem worse.
What changed things for me was eating less often, intermittent fasting!
Here are 50 things to do instead of eating when you’re intermittent fasting.
Can I Fast If If Am Hypoglycemic?
Yes, but I always suggest talking to your doctor first to make sure IF is a good fit for you and your unique health needs. This 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 that intermittent fasting (OMAD fasting) for a week lowered his blood sugars. He was also following a keto diet plan.
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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. In fact, 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 no doubt 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.
(You may want to learn about clean fasting to improve your fasting results.)
Proven Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting
- Increased longevity (1)
- Reduced oxidative stress and inflammation (2)
- Lowered risk of cancer (3)
- Lowered risk of type 2 diabetes (4)
- Regulated hormones (5)
- Cell repair – autophagy (6)
- Weight loss and loss of belly fat (7)
Summary – How Intermittent Fasting Eliminated My 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 you too.
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
I wrote an eBook all about my experience with intermittent fasting. This method allowed me to burn fat, lose weight (the effortless way) and be healthy….without feeling hungry. If you’d like to learn more about how I accomplished these great results and how intermittent fasting eliminated my hypoglycemia symptoms, check out my book HERE!
And best of all, David doesn’t have to feed me bananas with peanut butter while I lie down on the couch to help keep me from passing out anymore.
Have you tried intermittent fasting for reactive hypoglycemia and what are the benefits you’ve noticed? Share below!
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The information provided in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose, or cure any disease or health problem. Please talk to your doctor about IF to learn if it might be a good option for you.
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