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I have experienced countless low blood sugars, without knowing my symptoms were the result of low blood sugar. After eating a healthy breakfast around 8 or 9 am, usually 1/2 cup oatmeal with a big scoop of peanut butter, I have experienced a racing heart, cold sweats, nausea, light-headedness, and usually a terrible headache that I previously thought was a migraine causing all of the symptoms. Later I thought it was caused by sinus pressure from allergies which led to the migraine-like headaches... While another friend thought my symptoms were similar to her own panic-attacks, however I certainly did not feel anxious or panicked - outside of my racing heart beat.

As I feel I eat quite well, what would cause these low blood sugars? I have always been active (sports, jogging, hiking) and I do not eat white flour, nor are there processed foods in my diet to any significant amount which may cause a reactive drop in blood glucose.

I have had my blood sugars tested first thing in the am during a 'Live like your diabetic' week where I was always told to go eat something and yes, obviously I was hungry and ready to eat. Then recently I had my blood glucose tested at about 10am (After eating breakfast about 8 or 830) and my blood glucose was only 60... As that is low even for a fasting blood glucose, should I be concerned? I know that high blood glucose is unhealthy, but what are the consequences of my lows?

Thankyou for your help!

Smartliving Guest asked this
April 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM



Hello- hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) can be an annoying problem that causes a person to account closely for the food they put in their body. I would agree that you have done the research to prove that you are running low. Aside from being prepared for lows to prevent injury, there are no long term health consequences. Rarely, a benign insulin-producing tumor can be the cause but this is very rare. The main issue in hypoglycemia is first, coming up with knowledge and a plan for proper eating. Second, keep carbs on hand to combat symptoms. Nutritionists are quite helpful in counseling on diet tips.

Jeffrey VanWingen M.D. Health Coach answered
April 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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