About Me

Living Well With HypoglycemiaHello, my name is Angela and I have Reactive Hypoglycemia.

I was diagnosed about a year ago. Now that I am aware of what the symptoms are I do believe that I had the condition back while I was still in high school. The symptoms worsened as I aged and became more active in life, I am now 31 years old.

For a long time, I struggled with having little energy and often felt exhausted. This was frustrating because there was a lot that I wanted to do in life but I felt so limited by my body. When I understood the symptoms and what was happening, I began to focus on my body and learn to pay attention to what it was telling me. Once I had some understanding of the condition and how best to take care of myself, I
finally felt like I was gaining control of my life and was in a better place to pursue my dreams.

I want to share my journey with you and supply as much information as I can to simplify what it means to have Hypoglycemia; to encourage you and let you know that you are not alone, whether you’re reading about this topic for yourself, for someone you know or to simply learn.

Please feel free to leave feedback or any comments below. I’d love to hear from you and answer your questions. I will keep my site updated with any new information or helpful advice, so make sure to stop by regularly.

 

Take Care,

Angela

Founder of Hypoglycemia: feel good and live better
livingwellwithhypoglycemia.com
Email: angela@livingwellwithhypoglycemia.com

9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hello Angela,
    I came across your page by chance, I have looked online for websites and articles etc relating to reactive hypoglycemia and never really found any useful resources. It’s a terribly lonely, frustrating and sometimes embarrassing thing to have. It affects life greatly on a daily basis yet is not common, cannot be treated with medicine, not life threatening and not really taken seriously by many if not most people I have come across. I say embarrassing because I am now 38 and can pinpoint my symptoms back to when i was 10 years old and I only got a diagnosis 2 years ago after suffering from gestational diabetes. I have dealt with the symptoms all these years not knowing and understanding what was wrong with me and so have overeaten my whole life basically so as to avoid hypos as I thought it was because I hadn‘t eaten enough and with overeating comes weight gain and a vicious cycle. It is so frustrating, I find it incredibly hard to lose weight because of the symptoms and having 4 small children I just basically cannot cope without food keeping my symptoms at bay otherwise I am very grumpy and I need to put their happiness first. I just wanted to say thanks for highlighting the fact that we do need to look after ourselves though in spite of having children to look after. I teied the little and often approach but it made me put weight on too but after reading your story this has sourred me on to try it again in a different approach. I also have done low carb 8 week blood sugar diet but find it unsustainable because I am so lethargic sleepy and grumpy. Thabk you for your blog, for the first time in my life I don’t feel alone…

    1. Hi Eliana,

      Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! I appreciate your honesty and personal account of dealing with this condition. It is encouraging to find others and not feel alone!

      As far as figuring out how much to eat and how often, in order to control weight levels, I encourage you to keep experimenting. Best thing for your body and overall health of feeling good physically while being mentally energized is to stick with healthy foods. It probably would be a good idea to take a multi-vitamin as well. Big thing with figuring out serving size is to go with the amount that makes you feel good. Your stomach should not feel heavy or over-full. Some foods are “heavier” than others, so eating a smaller amount is better like with red meats and other foods that take a while to digest. You want to feel pleasantly content.

      If you can, and if you don’t already, make and prepare foods and snacks ahead of time to last several days out. That way it’s easy and quick to grab pre-prepared foods without feeling drained or burdened to always be tending to your body, especially with having little ones! (This works well for me.) Make dinners that last at least two days to limit time in the kitchen. If snacks and foods are already figured out to last a certain amount of time, it could help in not over-eating since portion sizes have to be pre-determined.

      The two other important factors in maintaining healthy weight levels are regular exercise and enough sleep. It’s what we eat, how we move, and the quality of sleep that majorly affect weight. Doing only one will not be enough to lose weight and keep it off. Eating well will reduce weight to a point, and then the body tends to plateau and stop with progress. Exercising, getting our heart rates up for 30 minutes 4 – 5 times a week will quicken the progress of weight loss. Getting enough quality sleep, about 7 hours, will help the body heal, rejuvenate, function, and reduce stress. When we’re tired and stressed, this can actually make us gain weight, or hold onto weight even if we’re exercising and eating well.

      I hope that was helpful! Thanks again for sharing!
      -Angela

    1. Hello Kate,

      The best thing to do is make sure to eat a healthy snack close to bed time, about 30 minutes. Our bodies continue to digest, even during the restful state of sleep, so sugar levels can drop at night.
      Several things to consider;
      What time your last snack is before bed?
      What type of food you’re eating?
      How much or how big the snack is?

      I already mentioned eating about 30 minutes before bed, and the clock starts after you’ve eaten, not when you start. High fiber foods like oatmeal or a healthy wheat grain bread will take time to digest, which should keep glucose leveled out longer. (These types of breads usually have larger slices so one slice may be enough. You can add peanut butter, cinnamon, or even a sliced up banana to the surface of the bread. Whatever makes it tasty without loading it with sugar is good–if you like.) The main thing is to eat a healthy food item. Make sure the portion size you eat is just enough to make you feel slightly full. It’s not hard to over-eat or even under-eat. Pay attention to your body and take note of serving sizes.

      I hope this was helpful!

  2. Reading your story, makes me think of how it must have been very hard for you to deal with hypoglycemia at such a young age. My mother and I have diabetes. We experience the high and the lows, and we feel very bad when our blood sugar goes too low. I learned a lot of good tips here, and I know this information will help others. I plan on visiting again, Thank you.

    1. Iris Belia,
      It was definitely hard being a young person and having reactive hypoglycemia, particularly because I didn’t know I had it so I didn’t care for my body in a way that would be helpful to the condition. Diabetes can be so hard to live with at times since you have to be careful with both hyper (high) and hypoglycemia (low). I’m sorry to hear you and your mother have it. The symptoms can be a rollercoaster, physically and mentally. I hope my website was helpful to you! In the future, I will devote a section specifically to diabetes, so stay tuned. 🙂

      Thank you for visiting!

  3. Angela,
    This information that you are putting together may help me deal with my fathers condition. He does not have a pancreas, as it was removed twenty years ago. due to an infection. He has lived on insulin since. He does have spells of low blood sugar for no reason. I will come back and look at what information you have from time to time to see what information will help me understand this condition.
    John

    1. Hi John,

      Wow, that must have been quite the adjustment for your father! I know doctors have come a long way in their research with pancreases, so hopefully, that research is helpful to the public now and in the near future. Thank you for stopping by! I will cover many topics in relation to hypoglycemia with time. I hope the info will be helpful to you!

      Thanks again!
      Angela

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