Hi, I am new here and I am looking for some advice concerning my current health issues. I am not diagnosed with any blood sugar conditions but I feel that it may be the cause of my ill health. Any advice would be very much appreciated :)
I am a 28 yr old female, at a healthy weight. My family has a history of type 2 diabetes. My great grandfather, who was thin his entire life was diagnosed as type two and had a leg amputated due to complications and my grandfather who ate terribly and was overweight was also diagnosed as type 2. My mother also tested borderline high for gestational diabetes 8 yrs ago but has not undergone any testing since.
I have read that there is a connection between reactive hypoglycemia and diabetes as well. At the age of 16 I began to experience crippling low blood sugar symptoms. I was never diagnosed with hypoglycemia but I would become ill shortly after eating any high carbohydrate food. It would start with a fast heart rate and it felt as though my heart was pounding very hard. About an hour or two later I would become extremely weak, shakey, lethargic and confused. I would find it hard to even hold my head up straight. It improved when I ate food but then the process would start again. As time went by there seemed to be nothing I could eat that would not induce symptoms. I went on a low carb, low GI diet and over time it improved untill I began to feel normal again. I had experienced these symptoms on and off since then but never as bad because I tried to eat healthy and be mindful of staying low GI. Recently I became rather relaxed about being low GI all of the time and it has greatly affected my health. I have had other symptoms when eating carbohydrates which concerned me because I have had days where I can almost never sleep because of the impact it has had on me and it has restricted my ability to exercise. Mostly I feel like my head is pounding horribly upon laying down. It has caused me to sleep in a chair for several nights at a time on and off. I know it is not typical of blood sugar symptoms and my doctor says it is probably stress but I have since been reducing my carbs and have noticed improvement but the symptoms are easily triggered again if I am not very careful. My blood pressure is fine by the way. Also about six weeks ago I had several days where I needed to pee so frequently it became extremely annoying (about 4 times an hour) I was not drinking more or eating more hydrating foods than I normally would. I also avoided drinking in order to stop needing to pee but it didn't help and I realised how thirsty I really was and eventually let myself drink. Luckily it didn't last to long.
About two weeks ago I decided to test my own blood sugar level with a glucose monitor just in case. I have tested high several times. I usually eat the same things every day in the same amounts at the same times but the levels are always very different. The readings have not been to bad overall but my blood sugar tends to spike after eating at night. During the day my levels are fine. Never going over 6.8 (120) that I have seen. I often find that I feel low during the day but most times I have checked it has been between 4.8 (86) and 5.3 (95) so I never actually test low ever.
My fasting level has been between 4.4 (80) 2nd 5.3 (95)
I got an 11 (198) for the first hour post prandial reading for a 45 gram carb meal of 1 piece of rye bread with a veggie pattie, salad and avocado and a second hour of 8.3 (150)
Another day I got 6.3 (113) 1st hr, 6.2 (111) 2nd hr and a 6 (108) on the 3rd hour and
9.8 (176) 1st hour and 8.2 (147) for the 2nd hour and all for the exact same meal!
Another time I had two slices of bread instead of 1 and the first hour I was 8.5 (153) and the second 7.7 (139)
I am so confused.
The last thing I tested was naughty icecream :D 54grams of carbs in it with a little almond butter.
Surprisingly, really sweet things don't have such a bad reaction with me, according to my levels.
6.1(110) 1hr post prandial but 7.7 (139) 2nd hr post prandial. Weird!
Should I be concerned about any of these levels? I am so confused!
Also does anyone know what should happen to blood sugar in a healthy person that doesn't have blood sugar problems if they overindulge in high carbohydrate foods?
For instance I had a fairly large amount of icecream over a week ago and I had full on pounding head, heart and lethargy with an inability to sleep. I tested my blood sugar four hours after eating and it was 8.1 is that normal when you overindulge?
Thankyou to whoever took the time to read my concerns, any advice you have to share is very welcome :)