Our expert says:
Hypoglycaemia is indeed a very unpleasant condition to live with because it can cause such negative effects (nausea, shakiness, dizziness, fainting, irritability, sweating, etc). It is important that you firstly consult an Endocrinologist (a dr who specialises in hormonal imbalances - in your case your pancreas may be producing too much insulin). The Endocrinologist will arrange the necessary tests (e.g. a Glucose Tolerance Test and also determine your insulin levels). Discuss your inability to lose weight when you see the dr. Depending on the diagnosis, I would then recommend that you follow-up with a registered dietitian (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), to assist you with a diet based on low-fat, low-glycaemic index (GI) foods. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI. This type of diet should firstly control your hypoglycaemia and secondly promote weightloss. When you have stabilised your blood sugar levels and feel less exhausted, you can start doing exercise like going for walks to stimulate your metabolism. You will need to discuss this with the dietitian so that you can eat the correct foods when you do exercise so that you have sufficient energy and don't get hypoglycaemic.
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