Just FTR, yes, I have a doctor’s appointment next week. But I still want to know if this ever happened to anyone else, and how it progressed.
I have had reactive hypoglycemia for at least 20 years, maybe longer. What that means is that I have to be really careful about eating refined sugar, and eating big meals. If I eat sugar, even a small amount, on an empty stomach, or a large amount any time, or eat a big meal, it makes my blood sugar drop, sometimes precipitously. My normal resting blood sugar is about 76, which is low, but still normal. Eating a piece of candy can make it drop to 40. Before I do heavy exercise, I need to eat something like nuts and whole milk (or a power bar made for diabetics), it can drop really low as well.
Sometimes, if I go too long without eating, I get shaky and dizzy. Then I need something with a little unrefined carbohydrate, a lot of protein, and zero refined sugar. It resolves in about five minutes, especially if I drink water.
That’s all my normal, and I’ve been dealing with it for years. I check my blood sugar after meals, after strenuous exercise, and before bed.
Lately, it’s been doing something weird. It drops after eating sugar, just like always, but before it does, it spikes. I’ve never had spikes before.
I’m heavier than I was when I was first diagnosed, but I’m not overweight, so I don’t think I could have type II diabetes; however, my father’s family has a history of adult onset type I diabetes, and it doesn’t seen to have a lot to do with weight. Some people developed it after having been overweight for years, but some people who developed it were of normal weight. Most people were in their 60s, and I’m 49.
A little more frightening, my father died of pancreatic cancer.
Does anyone else with hypoglycemia have spikes? Does anyone with diabetes remember this happening? anyone with diabetes have it progress from hypoglycemia?
I already pretty much don’t eat sugar, but in the last week, as soon as Purim was over (it was “cheating” over Purim that made me notice this happening), I completely cut out sugar, and started following diabetic exchanges. The spikes have stopped happening-- my highest blood sugar has been 102, which is still high for me, but I was having spikes as high as 130.
Right now, my resting blood sugar is about 83, which means that following the diet has actually brought the mode up a little, which is probably good. Not only have the spikes stopped, but so have the “shakes,” because I’m carrying food with me and eating on a schedule. This I should have done years ago.
I’m kind of hoping that the doctor will just tell me to keep doing what I’m doing, and come back in a month, maybe with a written food diary, and my glucometer ready to hook up to the computer. I really, really hope she doesn’t want a pancreatic biopsy, but because of my father, that’s in the back of my mind.