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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 7, 2007
  • 02:01 AM

I have lived with hypoglycaemia all my life. Each time my mother took me to a doctor and later when I each adulthood with the symptoms, the doctors would say something like - she will grow out of it or emotional debility nothing to worry about. It wasn't until I was in my late 30's I went to my doctor of a few years after having another episode and immediately I was asked quite a few questions and then was sent to have a four hour glucose tolerance test. From these results I was diagnosed with type 3 hypoglycaemia which is extreme highs to extreme lows in a short period of time. Unfortunately too many clinicians still believe you treat hypoglycaemia with sugar. What that does is put you into another hypo. The main difference between hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia is that with hypo the pancreas is overactive and hyper the pancreas fails to function correctly if not at all. The treatment for hypoglycaemia is to have protein to stabalise the pancreas. Type 3 is a precurser to diabetes. Hypoglycaemia is treated by diet, protein and low GI. A professor in one of the universities in New South Wales researched hypoglycaemia 20+ years ago and from his research my doctor was able to correctly diagnose my disease. Thanks to my doctor I am able to live a normal and healthy life.

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  • Do you know anything about the link of seizures and hypoglycemia?I have had 2 seizures, all of my neuro tests are negative but with each seizure my blood sugar was extremely low. I went through a 48 hour fast to try and get low glucose but only dropped into the 50's. They will not diagnose me with hypo, but it is the only constant objective data related to the seizures.I am terrified to have another one and am desperatly looking for an answer. Any help you have would be greatly appreciated!
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  • Buy a gluclometer. My son has seizures, hypoglycemia and extreme anxiety. After having a hunch of seizures, I beg neuro for eeg, even though neuro exam negative. Immediately, abnormal eeg. Son's diet was getting worse and seizures became weekly. I requested a walking eeg. Fed him sweettarts during exam, it was like a pinball machine. Prior to walking eeg, I requested GTT. Doctors did not know how to read it since they only seem interested in diabetes. When getting a gtt, also get ammonia test, because you may even have sensativities to protien. If so there is a medication to make pancreas sluggish. After purchasing a gluclometer, self testing has had extremes from 340 to 36. Always seek a second opinion.
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