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Identifying Hypoglycemia And The Different Types. Find Out Now If You Have It.
I am a sufferer of severe hypoglycemia for over 19 years now, what I'm going to discuss is how what seems to be the same type of of hypoglycemia, could very well be stemming from different problems, and what test you should ask the doctor to do for you to get the diagnosis, and what you can do to help minimize hypoglycemic episodes.
THIS ARTICLE IS NOT MEANT FOR CONSTANT DRINKERS OF ALCOHOL, as alcohol lowers the blood glucose artificially.
This article will also tell you how you can test yourself for hypoglycemia with almost 100 percent accuracy at home for less than $35. I spent tens of thousands getting properly diagnosed, so don't follow my mistakes.
Wouldn't my doctor know what to do? Not really at all, hypoglycemia without diabetes is actually not a very common thing to be diagnosed with at all. Some doctors can properly diagnose it, but they are the rarity. I had to go to over 20 different specialists, and over 15 different regular doctors to even begin getting diagnosed.
First of all, let's discuss the symptoms of hypoglycemia first, then we will categorize what could be causing them, and what tests you should ask for.
- feelings of ravenous hunger
- foggy-headed feeling
- dizziness or light-headedness
- difficulty speaking
Now that we have the symptoms out of the way, we must keep in mind that these symptoms can come from a variety of illnesses, but hypoglycemic symptoms ALMOST ALWAYS come after eating, or are relieved by eating. So if you are having symptoms and eating makes them go away, or you are having symptoms AFTER eating, then you should consider checking for Hypoglycemia!
FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE HYPOGLYCEMIA, YOU CAN DO IT WITHIN HOURS!
The problem with going to the doctor to get diagnosed with hypoglycemia are the following:
- If they do a blood glucose level on you at the doctor's office, quite often the blood glucose level comes back fine. Low blood sugar tends to come in waves, cycles, and bouts, it usually does not last the entire day, so when a doctor draws your blood or pricks your finger, there is no telling if you are having a low blood sugar episode at that exact moment, so the test could be completely inaccurate.
- The standard tests doctors do ONCE they finally get a low blood sugar reading is send you off for a Glucose Tolerance Test. Even though this test is a good way to diagnose a certain type of hypoglycemia, it will leave out many other forms of hypoglycemia, so it, too can be unreliable in certain forms.
So, how can you find out today if you have hypoglycemia?
First of all, you will need a little over $30, but compared to a doctor visit/copay/tests/etc, this is not bad at all, because this $30 will allow you to check your blood glucose at many different times, not just once.
STEP 1) Go to your local WalMart, and purchase this Meter: Reli-On Ultima
ReliOn Ultima: $9
Why do I recommend this monitor specifically? Besides the fact that it's only $9:
1) It's accuracy is almost perfect with laboratory blood draws from the vein. The reviews on this monitor are near perfect!
2) The monitor and the strips for the monitor are one of, if not the the lowest cost test strips sold publicly across the USA. You can find cheaper strips online, but the quality of the readings are NOT accurate most of the time.
ReliOn Ultima Strips - Box of 50: $20
STEP 2) Buy a box of 50 strips for the meter, make sure they are for Reli-On Ultima.
These strips will cost you $20 for a box of 50. Keep in mind that OneTouch test strips cost $60 for a box of 50.
These strips are amazingly accurate for lows and highs.
STEP 3) TIME TO TEST!
Now keep in mind, if you are curious if you are having hypoglycemia, this test will be almost 100 percent accurate, as long as you test with the following rules:
- TEST WHEN SYMPTOMATIC!: I cannot stress enough that just taking a random blood glucose level will almost be of no use. If you test your blood glucose level when symptomatic, and it comes back low, then you know that you are suffering from hypoglycemia and you can take these results to your doctor!
- ALWAYS USE ALCOHOL: (No, this is not an excuse to get drunk :) ) Never check your blood glucose level without wiping your finger off with rubbing alcohol. Any items you may have touched during the day may have contained molecules of sugar, and they will remain on your finger, and if you do not wipe your finger, your reading will be higher than your actual glucose level.
What is low? Well, the standards are different for every institution, which I find ironic, because we are who we are despite what hospital or doctors office we are in. It also depends on YOU, some people can be low in the 70s, some people can be low in the 80s, but some people may not be low until the 60s.
The American standard is now any level below 70 is considered low. Ten years ago it was any value below 80 that was low.
Personally, you can be hypoglycemic at different levels, I have always been hypoglycemic at anything below 90. My glucose level have been into the 30s, but I start to feel them in the 80s.
Write down all of your glucose values in your logbook to show to your doctor, and note what you were doing when you had a low, was it after you ate, was it when you hadn't eaten in a long time, were you having caffeine, etc.
If your readings are below 70, eat! If they are below 55, you may be in need of calling 911 if you cannot get it back up, in every ambulance they have dextrose shots and a shot called glucagon that raises the blood sugar very quickly.
HOW TO HELP YOUR DOCTOR DEFINE WHAT TYPE OF HYPOGLYCEMIA YOU HAVE
- Ask yourself this question: Was this blood sugar drop from not eating after a long period of time, or was this blood sugar drop AFTER eating?
- Did you have any caffeine around the time of your drop or alcohol?
- Are you a diabetic and did you take insulin?
- ) If you were drinking alcohol, your hypoglycemia is artificial and self-inflicted, alcohol naturally lowers the blood sugar, if you got a low reading after drinking alcohol, these results mean absolutely nothing.
- ) If you are a diabetic and have taken insulin; your results are also mean nothing, as insulin lowers the blood sugar level tremendously, talk to your doctor about controlling your dosage of insulin better.
- ) If you were having a caffeine energy drinks, also again this drop could be artificial, go off of all caffeine after 24 hours.
- ) If you had a drop AFTER eating, within 4 hours after eating you may have "Reactive" or "Postprandial Hypoglycemia", this means that your food has caused an unnatural increase in insulin which has in turn dropped your blood sugar too low. If you have this type of hypoglycemia, insist that your doctor give you a 4-6 hour glucose tolerance test, along with the doctor himself a level of your insulin, c-peptide, glucose from the vein, and any additional labs.
- ) If you had a drop upon waking, in the night, or after having not eaten for a long time, you may have "fasting hypoglycemia." This is the more rare type of hypoglycemia, and more dangerous, it generally comes from tumors, you will want to ask your doctor to give you a 72 hour fasting hypoglycemia test. This test is hard, I have done it twice, you have to fast from all foods and liquids (except water or diet Sprite) for 3 days, and they will take your blood sugar every so often in the hospital until it gets below a certain point, then the test is stopped, and blood is drawn to see if you have indications of a tumor.
- ) There is a very rare form of "fasting" hypoglycemia called Nesidioblastosis, that I was diagnosed with, and this form of hypoglycemia is very disabling to your lifestyle, it is also very difficult to diagnose.
For peace of mind during these hard times:
Give it to God, He has the power of healing, the power of sustaining, the power of mercy. He has kept you alive probably way longer than what natural circumstances would have allowed, if you only knew how many times He had spared all of our lives, you would be forever grateful. Rest knowing that your health is not subject to what doctors say, and that it is not in your control, or theirs, but God's, and nothing will happen unless He allows it, so be obedient, have a relationship with Jesus, and let him bless your life abundantly. I have over 5 diseases right now, that should have taken my life as a child, and now I am 30 writing about it, God sustains, he holds back the wind of strife sometimes, for we have a purpose here, and this life one thing is certain; it will not last, not for anyone, we are moving on to better things.
If you need advice or support, with your health, you can write to me at ANY time, and I will respond, you can do it in a comment or a private message. Thanks and keep the hope!
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