Fasting versus Reactive Hypoglycemia: what's the difference?

Unlike fasting hypoglycemia, RHG occurs only when blood sugar levels in the body are upset by irregular eating patterns or high carbohydrate intake. The symptoms of RHG often disappear within five or ten minutes after eating sugar.

Women, who are the principal victims of FM, often experience a worsening of symptoms before menstruation. The symptoms usually worsen after childbirth as well.

It is possible to experience improvement in symptoms if a person goes on a limited carbohydrate diet. It takes about ten days to feel the improvements, but those ten days can be the days from hell. Fatigue and headaches abound and the temptation to eat sugar or drink caffeine is intense.

What Can I Do?

The understanding that diet is a major influence in well-being underscores the need to develop an eating plan that will address the blood sugar issues as well as promote weight loss.

As can be seen in other places on this site, a diet that is comprised of a balance of lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats is one of the best ways to curb blood glucose fluctuations and enhance feelings of well being. 

You can also ensure that your blood glucose level is at a lower level by utilizing a glucose monitor which will give you accurate readings of your glucose levels which will allow you to avoid foods high in glucose.

Becoming aware of the glycemic index of foods is a good start in creating a healthy FM diet. The glycemic index measures the speed at which certain foods increase blood glucose levels.

High glycemic foods raise blood sugar quickly and low glycemic foods have the opposite effect. There are several books and plenty of information available on the net to help a person understand glycemic impact. This information can help the FM sufferer gain control of symptoms and even lose some weight.


Table of Contents
1. Reactive Hypoglycemia
2. Limit those carbs
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