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Posted by: cheryl | 2010/12/08

diet for low blood sugar

i suffer from low blood sugar and low blood pressure. i feel weak and tired all the time and lack the energy to do anything. what diet should i be on to raise blood pressure and stabilise the blood sugar levels. my blood sugar drops without notice and i start shaking uncontrollably. have to have something sweet in my bag all the time. at the moment i am eating low gi bread, seems to keep me fuller for longer. is this good, please tell me what i can do about this. thanks

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Dear Cheryl
Low blood sugar levels or hypoglycaemia can indeed be a most debilitating condition. Click on 'Diet'nFood' and do a Search for 'Hypoglycaemia' to read more about this condition. It is essential that you consult a a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will assist you with an individual diet prescription which will consist of what is called a low-glycaemic (GI) index diet. The dietitian may also recommend that you have 6 smaller meals a day instead of 3 larger meals, so that your blood sugar levels remain steady all day long. The last thing you should eat when you get low blood sugar is sugar or sweets. Rather keep a supply of dried fruit like raisins and a handful of peanuts in your handbag at all times to nibble if you should feel a hypoglycaemic attack coming on. The low-GI bread is already a step in the right direction because the low-GI of the bread keeps your blood sugar levels steady, but you need to change your entire diet and eating patterns to prevent these debilitating sugar lows and the dietitian will assist you to do this. When you are on the 'DietnFood' site also click on 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Once your blood sugar and insulin levels have stabilised you will feel much less tired and will be able to avoid getting the shakes, headaches, etc, which are associated with this condition. Low blood pressure can be treated with medications like Effortil and by increasing your salt intake moderately. Do not use more than 3g of table salt per day as excessive intakes can harm the kidneys.
So see a dietitian and start using a low-GI diet as soon as possible.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/12/08

Dear Cheryl
Low blood sugar levels or hypoglycaemia can indeed be a most debilitating condition. Click on 'Diet'nFood' and do a Search for 'Hypoglycaemia' to read more about this condition. It is essential that you consult a a registered dietitian, because the correct diet is one of the most important factors in treatment. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. The dietitian will assist you with an individual diet prescription which will consist of what is called a low-glycaemic (GI) index diet. The dietitian may also recommend that you have 6 smaller meals a day instead of 3 larger meals, so that your blood sugar levels remain steady all day long. The last thing you should eat when you get low blood sugar is sugar or sweets. Rather keep a supply of dried fruit like raisins and a handful of peanuts in your handbag at all times to nibble if you should feel a hypoglycaemic attack coming on. The low-GI bread is already a step in the right direction because the low-GI of the bread keeps your blood sugar levels steady, but you need to change your entire diet and eating patterns to prevent these debilitating sugar lows and the dietitian will assist you to do this. When you are on the 'DietnFood' site also click on 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. Once your blood sugar and insulin levels have stabilised you will feel much less tired and will be able to avoid getting the shakes, headaches, etc, which are associated with this condition. Low blood pressure can be treated with medications like Effortil and by increasing your salt intake moderately. Do not use more than 3g of table salt per day as excessive intakes can harm the kidneys.
So see a dietitian and start using a low-GI diet as soon as possible.
Best regards
DietDoc

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