My Journey With Reactive Hypoglycemia

Whenever I research a topic, I look for dependable information and testimonials or reviews from people who have the experience to share. I find I gain a clearer picture or a better-rounded overview of what I want to learn.

The “My Journey” area of this website is devoted to my testimonial or personal account of having reactive hypoglycemia. In this section, it is my intention to cover as many topics as I can relating to my experience with this particular hypoglycemia. Through sharing my personal experience, it is my hope and desire that readers will find answers and be encouraged as they search for relatable information.


Reactive or postprandial hypoglycemia happens when a person regularly experiences symptoms of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia 2 to 4 hours after eating.





I remember experiencing symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia when I was in high school. I was often tired or lethargic, (eating well and exercising were not high priorities). My family members were similar in that, they also had low energy, so my being tired seemed normal.


The lack of focus on good health and the fact that I didn’t pay attention to how I felt after eating meals, made it difficult to identify or notice an underlying condition. (Since nutrition and protein fuel our bodies with energy, eating foods of little nutritional value will often leave our bodies feeling tired, no matter how much we eat. Also, lack of physical movement throughout the day or not drinking enough water and staying hydrated will cause fatigue.)

When I started to crash, my hands shook, I became dizzy, weak, irritable, had coldness in my hands and feet, and craved sweets. I didn’t realize these were symptoms of anything, so I continued on with life and pushed through the rest of high school.



I started paying attention to my body, recognizing that I’d feel terrible if I waited too long to eat. I began to suspect something might be wrong, so at age 18, I went to a small clinic, deciding to test my blood for hypoglycemia. I was instructed not to eat breakfast before my appointment. Once at the clinic, I drank a sugary liquid before they took my blood. This was the glucose tolerance test, but instead of taking my blood several times, they took it only once.

Nurse and Glucose Tolerance TestA nurse called with the results of my blood test, explaining it read as though I had diabetes. (Type 2 diabetes runs in my family.) At the time, my understanding of diabetes was limited, so I thought in order to have type 2 diabetes, I would have to be a person with excess weight.

Being thin with a fast metabolism, I thought it unlikely I’d ever get type 2 diabetes, so naturally, I didn’t expect this kind of news. Right away, I thought of type 1 diabetes, which requires daily shots of insulin, and this left me feeling devastated. I hung up the phone and cried, not understanding how the status of my health went from a suspicion of hypoglycemia to the idea of having to give myself shots of insulin every day.

Several minutes later, I received another phone call. It was the nurse calling to explain they had made an error in reading the results. She apologized and said I did not, in fact, have diabetes. The readings of my blood sugar levels were unclear. She said the numbers were close to the low range for hypoglycemia but not enough, in their opinion, to diagnose me, so they gave me a clean bill of health.  This jarring experience did not restore my confidence. It made me think something had to be wrong if the test results were unclear enough to create such confusion.

(As a side note: people with diabetes struggle with high (hyper) and low (hypo) blood sugar, and have to be very aware of their glucose levels, but you can have hypoglycemia and not be diabetic.)

Not long after, I went to a larger clinic for an unrelated topic. While there, I brought up my concerns again and found the doctor didn’t seem too worried about the possibility of it being something serious. He said most people experience symptoms of hypoglycemia at some point or another and I was likely fine. I wanted to casually brush it off as simply as he did because who wants to be anything but healthy?



I pushed the topic to the back of my mind, choosing denial over the discouragement of entertaining the thought that I might have some kind of physical ailment. So, I continued on with life. I married, moved away from family, and went to college.

Why am I so tired?

I began to compare myself to my husband, thinking of how my low energy measured up to his high energy. As a couple, we were not health focused yet, but we were eating the same foods, which made me think our energy levels should’ve been more similar than they were. He woke up early, went to work and came home with energy to spare. I woke up not so early, did the college thing, and ended my day exhausted.

I understood, being two different people, our bodies were not the same, but the energy differences seemed significant. I often thought to myself Why am I so tired all the timeThis question played over and over in my thoughts—slowly fueling my growing frustration. 


It had now been about 5 or 6 years since my last unsuccessful test, and I was ready to try again. In 2009, I went to my appointment on an empty stomach to do another glucose tolerance test, as the doctor instructed. This time, after drinking the sugary liquid, my blood was taken several times over 2 or 3 hours.

Hypoglycemia and Exhaustion

The nurse was thorough, but coming in on an empty stomach and not eating during the additional hours of testing triggered my uncomfortable symptoms. Hypoglycemia and fasting can be tricky. I remember leaving feeling like a zombie with symptoms such as; a pale complexion, an unfocused and foggy mind, feeling weak, shaky, cold, dizzy, and more. 

The results ended up the same—inconclusive. The nurse seemed confused because my numbers were low, but not so much she felt confident to say I had hypoglycemia, which happens when blood sugar levels fall below 70. Again, it was a frustrating experience. (At the time, I was unaware that there were different types of hypoglycemia. I later learned that reactive/postprandial hypoglycemia can be hard to diagnose.)

I lost faith in doctors and their ability to clarify my suspicions. Not having an official diagnosis made these health issues less real and made it easier to let myself go back into a state of denial. So as a result, my quality of life suffered.

Eating Healthy with HypoglycemiaWith time, I became more active, my symptoms worsened and were more severe and impactful in my day-to-day life. My husband and I were educating ourselves on eating well and how types of foods affect the body. I tried to exercise with consistency, pursue hobbies, and work—normal stuff.

I knew consuming whole and fresh foods should overall make a person feel good, so I sought after healthy food alternatives to gain more energy. It helped, but it didn’t stop my daily symptoms related to hypoglycemia or the exhaustion I felt.

Exercise should also improve one’s quality of life. Running is an activity I enjoyed but after doing it, I always ended up out of commission for the rest of the day. It wiped me out, and I wasn’t running marathons either, only about 2-3 miles per run.

After making good improvements on my health, the same question remained in my thoughts—Why am I always tired? The exhaustion became greater, not less, and made little sense. There was still a ways to go in our education of health, but I had hoped for encouraging results in the way of energy reserves.

Exercising With Reactive HypoglycemiaI wanted to accomplish more in life, so my daily goals increased along with my level of frustration. I thought, with proper motivation and determination, each full day could be productive, but that wasn’t the case. I pushed myself hard but my body always sabotaged my plans.

In reality, the real saboteur was the ignorance of my condition and how to properly manage it.






I often wondered—if I don’t have hypoglycemia, then what else could it be? It was clear I had something, and it seemed so similar. Since past doctors were not helpful, and I knew my symptoms well, I thought, maybe I can figure this out myself.What is my diagnosis?

After researching online and reading articles on hypoglycemia, I could see that my symptoms didn’t line up exactly because they’d show every 2 ½ to 3 hours—like clockwork. In general, I mostly found information having to do with fasting hypoglycemia, which means symptoms happen due to not eating for an extended period of time (around 6 hours) as this causes sugar levels to fall too low.

I then read about reactive hypoglycemia and found out, for this type, symptoms show 2-4 hours after eating. With a little more research, it seemed to me that this condition fit me like a glove. Now all I needed was a doctor who would take the time to consider this possibility and not casually write me off.



In 2015, I went to a new appointment—educated and ready to challenge the physician if need be. I rattled off my extensive list of symptoms and told him how I’d tested several times before with the glucose tolerance test, but had no other tests done. I expressed that I felt pretty confident about what I thought my condition was, based on my reoccurring symptoms. I asked if there was a better test for reactive hypoglycemia because my glucose tolerance test results always came back inconclusive, and the doctors never suggested other testing options.

During the visit, he listened and gave me his full attention. He was Doctors visitthorough and diligent to get to the bottom of it—immediately naming other testing methods we could try. He came across as though he cared and understood that something had to be wrong. 

I went in for a fasting glucose blood test, so I didn’t eat breakfast before my blood was drawn. This test differs from the glucose tolerance test, in that, you do not drink a sugary drink before the test and your blood is drawn once, not multiple times over several hours. He gave me an at home test to use myself, instructing me to check my blood at different times. I was also set up to meet with a dietitian. My doctor was honest in saying that a dietitian would know more about the specifics of hypoglycemia than he would. 

After talking with him, I felt like a weight had lifted from my shoulders. My doctor wanted to test me for multiple things, use more than one test method, and have me see a specialist. I thought, finally, we’re going to figure this out!  



When my blood was drawn, they checked my thyroid, and various hormone levels to rule out other possibilities as to why I had these symptoms. My fasting glucose blood test showed that the additional things tested looked normal, and my glucose level was in the low 70’s but not below. This stumped me because I remember crashing and having an onslaught of symptoms while the nurse drew my blood, and I wondered why my numbers hadn’t read lower. (Fasting and reactive hypoglycemia do not mix. If done, it is almost certain you’ll experience uncomfortable symptoms). 
Glucose MeterMy glucose test at home (pricking my finger and testing my blood with a glucose meter), was even more confusing. When I sensed a crash coming, my blood read in the mid 70’s, and in the midst of a crash, it read in the low 80’s. My doctor didn’t seem deterred, he said it wasn’t necessarily a problem or a hindrance in my being diagnosed.

In talking with the dietitian, she was both educating and encouraging, which set me on the path to continued learning about this condition on my own.

She laughed off my concerns about my blood sugar levels not being low enough. She explained that not everyone is the same. People can have symptoms and be diagnosed with this condition and not have the exact textbook definition because everyone’s body functions differently.

The results were close and had I been a little more thorough in my self-testing at a few more varied times during the day, I likely would have seen numbers below 70. In the end, my reoccurring symptoms lined up with postprandial hypoglycemia.

I later learned that waiting to check blood glucose levels until after symptoms have started, can cause levels to go up, not down. (Although, for some people, glucose levels do continue to drop). The body tries to adjust to the high amount of insulin it’s now producing by increasing sugar levels, thus showing an increased glucose reading. Also, if your blood sugar is below 75 mg/dl, glucose meters can show results of up to +/- 15% and still be considered accurate. For more on glucose meters, check out this post! Blood Glucose Monitoring—Easily Test Your Blood Sugar From Home

In any event, the more reliable way of testing for reactive hypoglycemia is by using the glucose test at home. Waiting about 3 hours after eating or before you feel symptoms is a better time to check. This should produce more accurate test results instead of waiting until after you’re overcome by symptoms. With that said, to gain more clarity on what is going on with your sugar levels, check multiple times a day using a glucose meter—before eating, after eating, during symptoms, morning, afternoon, evening, after exercise, etc.



The dietitian gave instructions on how to treat reactive hypoglycemia, which was a huge help. Up to that point, I ate when I felt hungry, which was a problem since I usually felt hungry after I crashed. Sometimes it would be awhile of experiencing symptoms before my hunger meter kicked in, depending on what I was doing or how active I had been. (So waiting to feel hungry was an unreliable indicator of my dropping glucose levels). 

Healthy Foods

She instructed that I eat a snack or meal every 2 ½ to 3 hours before symptoms started. She emphasized the importance of consuming healthy foods or drinks. Eating whole foods, complex carbs, veggies, fruit, and protein. The things that naturally give our bodies the most energy and nutrition.

At first, eating this frequently was difficult for me, even more so due to the demanding nature of this condition. The necessity to stay diligent and committed to eating something often was tiring and if ever I slipped up, I’d have to deal with the negative symptoms that were guaranteed to follow.  Over time, I adapted to this diet by figuring out snacks and foods that worked best for my lifestyle.

Snacks For Hypoglycemia

She gave examples of how much to eat in one sitting like, for a piece of fruit, if you can conceal it using both hands, (like an apple, orange, or banana, handful of berries, etc.), then that’s a good amount. Her recommendation was to eat about 30–45 grams of healthy carbs plus some protein. This was helpful information, but I ended up gaining weight because it was too much for my body type. Instead, I focused on eating a variety of healthy foods, using the serving sizes available on the package as a guide, but only eating until I felt full.


Following serving size amounts is a good thing because having this Serving Sizecondition requires that a source of food be consumed about 6 times a day. Not following serving sizes or paying attention to our body when it indicates it’s full, (eating more than the recommended amount or what is necessary for your particular body), can cause weight gain.

Eating less than what our body requires will cause us to tire out faster because the body is pulling energy from a smaller reserve of glucose. (Glucose is the natural sugar created by our body, which it takes from the healthy carbs we eat. Glucose is the main energy source our bodies use, especially our brains.) Less fuel means a shorter time frame of available energy. It’ll then be necessary to eat more frequently to keep blood glucose levels balanced.

Before I adjusted my eating habits, I didn’t eat often enough and what I ate did not supply my body with proper nutrition or balance out my blood sugar levels. As a result, this meant that every day I felt exhausted and experienced symptoms. Even if I ate something healthy, the fact that I didn’t eat often enough meant that after my body used up that healthy food, I would crash. So healthy foods will keep the body better balanced but it’s important to eat often enough.


(Now that I know and understand my body, I eat about every 2 ½ to 3 hours. Sometimes a heavier meal will last me a bit longer, but when I maintain this habit I am energized the whole day!)




Exercising With Postprandial Hypoglycemia

She also said I should eat or drink something before exercising, to make sure my body had enough energy to burn during the workout, and she stressed the importance of consuming a source of protein immediately after.

Previously, the way I handled exercise was a huge problem for someone with postprandial hypoglycemia. I didn’t fuel up before exercising or after, once I finished, which put me out of commission for the rest of the day. (If only I had known about this condition—how to treat it, and of what my lifestyle should look like, so much frustration would have been avoided.)


After my experience with the doctor and dietitian, my opinion of physicians and specialists improved. They were very helpful and thorough, but not every doctor is the same. It’s a relief to have a medical practitioner who considers many options and listens to their patients, but no matter the physician, we have to look into matters for ourselves. An educated patient can ask good questions, prompt better care, encourage more tests, provide additional pieces of the puzzle in order to get to the bottom of their condition, and hopefully discern whether more opinions are needed. 

I have worked on adjusting my lifestyle to manage this condition, pursued more education, and have come to terms with the frustration of living with reactive hypoglycemia. There are days where it’s just plain frustrating to HAVE to eat something or suffer the consequences. For a time, it made me dislike eating even more, but I’ve learned what to eat and what not to, and have accepted the reality of my condition. My happiness has greatly increased because I now know for sure what I have and what to do about it! 

Feeling Good with Hypoglycemia

If you have any thoughts, questions, concerns, or want to share a piece of your personal experience with hypoglycemia, please post a comment down below! 

Published Jan 31, 2017. Updated May 25, 2017.



  1. Wow, after many, many years of dealing with this I now feel like I am an expert on the subject and am happy to offer advice. All of this is very emotional for me because it has been so hard and it continues to be the framework of my life but I have it under control now and have been good for many years now. I am 52 and have had symptoms since I was around 20 although my mother thinks she saw some when I was a kid. I started having really bad symptoms when I was around 25. I had a time when I was at work (after eating a piece of pie an hour and a half before) when I hid in a corner under a blanket and cried. I just prayed that someone would see me and get me something because I couldn’t do it myself. I met my husband around this time and he started noticing my symptoms before I did. He could tell that I wasn’t talking, wasn’t moving much and was confused or irritable. He once had to hand feed me because I was too weak to do so. Making decisions gets hard when I have low blood sugar so if I needed to eat and wasn’t at home, I would go into a convenience store and walk around confused and not know what to do which made it all worse. I finally came upon peanuts and orange juice as my go-to for that. Luckily my mother is a nurse and I also had a co-worker with hypoglycemia who recognized my symptoms and they both gave me the advice to eat some protein. It took me a bit to realize that I should also eat something naturally sugary (like orange juice) to help the symptoms get better faster. I stopped eating refined sugar altogether and got some books out of the library-these were times before the internet! At this same time I had an episode when i woke up in the middle of the night feeling like my skin was crawling, I was breathing heavy and was kind of laughing and crying at the same time (physically, there was no particular emotion there). I couldn’t hold still and was very agitated. I called my doctor in the middle of the night and while I was talking to her I made myself a couple of eggs just in case it was my blood sugar. After I ate them, I suddenly relaxed and felt heavy and was able to go right to sleep. I went to the doctor the next day and was having symptoms again. She tested my blood sugar and it was normal so she gave me medicine for panic attacks. I never took them and I never went back to any doctor for the hypoglycemia. Luckily because I knew what it was myself and had heard that doctors didn’t know much about it, I experimented on my own. I have to say it was a very difficult process of trial and error for a couple of years. I finally did figure out what I need though and as long as I do these things every day without fail, I am fine. I always eat food with some sort of complex carb and some kind of protein every 3 hours or so. I am more sensitive earlier in the day so I need to have a good breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack and can get away with less at dinner if I have done well all day. I always carry a snack with me wherever I go. I finally had everything down and then a few years later I developed lactose intolerance and multiple food sensitivities which meant most of the foods I was eating I couldn’t eat anymore, so back to the drawing board! Again, trial and error. I now have cereal with granola and protein powder or flax milk with protein for breakfast and dinner leftovers everyday for lunch. Simple carbs are not good enough as they go right through you. It has been hard lately with weight gain as I get older. I have tried eating less but that makes my blood sugar get wacky again. The only thing I have found that might work is eating less dinner but it is a very fine line. I am still tweaking now at this new stage in my life. When I have seen doctors along the way I tell them about it and they say “if this is working for you then keep it up”. I wish there was a pill I could take to make it all easier. It seems there needs to be a lot more research on this. Good luck everyone.

  2. This!! This was my life!!! I would go home everyday at lunch and crash!! I am so severely hypoglycemic when u finally did the glucose test my numbers were in the 30’s the doctor said he had no idea how I was functioning that my body must have become accustom to it!!
    I have to eat protein and carbs together! I cannot just eat carbs. I am a very severe case. So glad you posted!! Much love!

  3. Hello

    I have just stumbled across this blog and it peaked my interested. I’ve been struggling with intense sudden hunger on a daily basis for around 20 years. It tends to occur when I wake around 6am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm and then through the night (normally 11pm or 2am) if I follow a normal breakfast, dinner, lunch routine. Continuous snacking or eating massive amounts of food is the only thing that puts it off for longer. I don’t actually have much of an ‘appetite’ though. As I’ve got older I’ve also started to experience periods of dizziness and faintness and chills. My energy levels are generally just terrible.

    I wondered if there was any one with any information about how reactive hypoglycemia has impacted on their sleep?

    I’m wondering if this might be my answer! But I haven’t been able to place my symptoms in the morning before food?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Rachel,

      I apologize for the delayed response. For me personally, if I go to bed on an empty stomach, or without making sure I eat a sufficient dinner or late snack, I’ll end up with night sweats and wake up with drenched clothing. I’m not consciously aware of the normal symptoms, and perhaps being in a state of rest makes my body’s response different. Hard to say. I’d be curious to hear what others have to say on this topic as well.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Hi, I was so relieved when I came across this blog. It’s like a light in the end of the tunnel (I am actually crying as I write this). My problems started two years ago in my second pregnancy and continued. I ended up in the ER 20 times in couple of months time and every time doctors told me it’s just a pannic attack as my blood results were good. But I knew something was wrong, every crash looked like I was having a heart attack and I couldn’t wait to reach for the fridge. It consumed every aspect of my life, I started to park a lot closer to my work so I wouldn t get tired if I had to walk too much. I also compared myself to my husband who did three jobs, and I could barely wash the dishes or do the laundry after my job. Finally, this year I took the fasting test and they diagnosed me a reactive hypoglycemia. But I still can not cope the best that I have this condition. And that every two hours is a matter of life or death if I don’t eat. By eat, I mean a full meal, not just a snack beacause sometimes it is not enough to take a fruit or something small. I am still hoping for a miracle or to find the real reason why is this happening to me… Or maybe there is some cure that I am not aware of, I don’t know. It is definatelly mentally exhausting as nobody can imagine what we are going through. Best of luck!

  5. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia about 20 years ago in my early 20’s. I recently had a terrible episode after eating roast. My blood suger dropped and I went into convulsions. I have been to the ER multiple times and seen a doctor multiple times over the past month. I have been diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia. I can feel severe symptoms when my blood suger is around 70. I can feel a crash coming. I get very anxious and my family states I have personality changes. I have felt so frustrated with all of this. When I told the doctors my suger was dropping after I ate they didn’t believe me. I also have multiple food allergies so eating is a challenge for me. I hope to see a dietician soon. I feel my life is spinning out of control because of these symptoms. When my suger is around 115 I feel much better. I too thought I was having anxiety but I now know when your blood suger is dropping it can mimic an anxiety attack. It will cause my heart to race. I get dizzy and my hands shake so bad it is hard getting a blood suger reading. I am so scared to eat protein now because of it causing my blood suger to drop. I have a low weight and I am eating 7 to 8 times a day. The bad days are really bad but my good days are really good.,I just want to adjust to this and I want to get better from all these symptoms. Can you help me on the diet part and what I should be eating. Also I am having to check my blood suger up to 40 times a day.

  6. Angela, as a kid in middle school, I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia. I would get the shakes in my hands and a white line would form around my lips. Then when I started working at a National Park someone asked me if I had blood sugar problems, and I said yes. They said they could see my hands shaking when I would come for breakfast. Years later I had two large babies over 9 pounds. I remember the nurse telling me to watch my sugar levels as I got older because I could become a diabetic. Finally I hit menopause, and I believe it did something to my blood sugar as well. I can’t seem to lose the weight and have thought about going back to smaller meals throughout the day, but then I read The Obesiry Code, and he’s all into intermittent fasting for our blood sugar. Have you read that book? What are your thoughts on intermittent fasting versus smaller meals??

    1. Hi Cynthia,

      It sounds like you’ve had quite the journey with this condition. I have not read the Obesiry Code. I would discuss that concept with a dietitian if it’s meant to help with reduced insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. I’m wary of any kind of fasting. I would say I’m a little paranoid of making sure to prevent any accidental fasting on my part because of how terrible I feel after crashing or even coming close to crashing.

      Small meals throughout the day is an efficient way of making sure our diets have proper nutrition and vitamins. It’s also good in ensuring we’re eating only as much as our body needs rather than overeating, which encourages weight gain, and it’s good not to end up with a large “lump” of food sitting in our stomach that takes longer to digest. Drinking shakes or eating grapefruit and other foods that help us feel full longer is fine as long as you’re paying attention to your body’s sugar levels.

      I wrote a comment in response to another question on my “About Me” page having to do with portion sizes and weight loss. I’ll include it below because I think it could be helpful to you.

      “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 to you!

  7. These “episodes” last for hours after I eat. My issue is once I’m there I try to feed quickly,since it’s not going away I find myself trying to keep feeding it. I’m not helped by the crazy fear and anxiety.
    What should I do when I’m going through this, when it first starts. I have had them for over 5 years, knew they were reactive hypoglycemia but definitely identify

    1. Hi Margaret,

      I know it can be scary when glucose drops and you can feel a crash coming. Reactive Hypoglycemia is frustrating because it’s somewhat of a “needy” condition. It’s necessary to be paying attention or even set reminder alarms as an alert to make sure glucose levels are tended to every several hours.

      First things first, stay calm and don’t freak out, (as best as possible). If you’ve gotten to the point where a crash is inevitable, the best thing to do is drink a sugary drink, (milk, orange juice, soft drinks), because sugar in liquid form enters the bloodstream faster than solids that have to be digested. If not a sugary drink, then eat candy or something sweet like a handful of raisins, prunes, dried fruit, etc. The point is to spike your sugar up as fast as possible. (This just happened to me the other day.) It’s not necessary to eat an excessive amount of sweet foods. (Some people may be sensitive to high sugar levels.) Once something sweet has been consumed, eat healthy foods as normal, right after because that refined sugar won’t keep levels up for long. Eat a snack or heavier meal depending on your hunger level, but something healthy and of substance to help your body recover and balance back out.

      I hope this was helpful!


  8. Hi Angela,
    I am yet to have a diagnosis, however after eating any kind of sugars (even a handful of berries) I get the following symptoms;
    -heart palpitations
    I have had diabetes tests all come back negative. However I’ve got a glucose tolerance test later this week. I don’t understand how I can move forward living with this condition. If I don’t eat sugar I have no energy and when I do I get a host of symptoms. I was someone in the gym 5/6 times a week no problem now I’m lucky to go once or twice, It even impacts my working life. Ive done blood sugar testing at home before but the results all come back normal :/ I’m 23 and desperate to get my life back. If I eat carbohydrates to excess I even get sinus pressure and if the inflammation continues sinus infections.
    Have you had pancreaes scans? and Is the keto diet something you have explored?

    1. Hi Daniel,

      It sounds like you’ve been going through a tough time with much frustration to spare! I’m not a doctor by any means, but it sounds like you’re having a reaction to too much sugar. It’s possible you could have hyperglycemia, rather than hypoglycemia. Hyper means sugar levels go too high, which will result in a slew of uncomfortable symptoms. These symptoms are not quite the same as hypo. Definitely, use a glucose meter multiple times to see if there’s a pattern with sugar levels.

      I haven’t done any pancreas scans or have any experience with the keto diet. I would encourage you to focus on complex carbs like high fiber foods; cereals, wheat bread and pasta, oatmeal; eat almonds and nuts if you can, veggies and fruits. If fruits are spiking your sugars, try tiny amounts spaced out throughout the day. Perhaps, try different types of fruit in small servings. I haven’t researched this, but it’s possible some fruits may have a faster effect on glucose levels than others. If you drink milk, I highly recommend Unsweetened Coconut Milk as it has 0 grams of sugar and tastes pretty close to cows milk.

      The more you eat plant-based and whole foods, the less amount of refined sugar you’ll consume. Overall, you’ll feel better. I truly hope this is helpful to you! Having a food journal would probably be a good idea. Write down what and when you eat. Also, take note of how you’re feeling before, during, and after eating, and add your tested glucose results to the entry, as well as exercise activities. Patterns should make themselves known to you, and this information would be helpful when speaking to doctors. A note on doctors, don’t dismay if you feel they’re not helping you. As frustrating as it may be, try different doctors if it seems like they’re writing you off or not working to solve this issue. Conditions having to do with glucose levels can be tricky to diagnose.

      I hope you’re feeling better soon!

  9. Hello I just found your blog. This is mt exactly! I am just trying to adjust to life with these symptoms….is it possible to get it all under control with diet and supplements I have made so many changes already but I feel like I have a long way to go already. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    1. Hi Talya,

      Thank you for stopping by! You’re right, it is quite the life adjustment to manage this condition, but through diligence and good habits you can have a fulfilling and happy life no matter the potential symptoms. Keeping sugar levels balanced through healthy eating and continual awareness is key. Paying attention to your body; with how you’re feeling, what you’re doing, and monitoring glucose levels will all help in preventing symptoms. If you’re more active or experiencing stress, realize your levels will drop faster. Plan out snacks and meals for each day, and keep a quick pick-me-up on hand, like glucose gel or tablets, raisins, or something sweet.

      This condition is tough because it’s something to be aware of and manage every several hours throughout everyday. Sounds like you’re already on your way with making changes. When we do what’s best for our bodies by eating healthy foods and staying active, we feel better and quality of life increases. I hope the best for you!

  10. I appreciate all your input! No one else seems to understand and even my husband thinks it’s anxiety. I’m like the happiest person on the planet until I get these symptoms and of course I get anxious. I have suffered for many years with this and sometimes it so bad I feel like I’m going crazy! Only through monitoring my own sugars at work and finding my triggers have I been able to manage it. My blood sugars would drops 40’s and 50 points every 10 min about an hour after I ate. Before ending up landing in ER with such severe symptoms!

    1. Hi Pamela,

      Wow! Sounds like you’ve had quite the journey in dealing with this condition yourself! Consistency and discipline is key in keeping glucose levels balanced. It’s tough because stress and anxiety can affect how fast our brains use up glucose, which can bring on symptoms faster. I’m glad to hear you generally have a sunny disposition! Good to be happy and enjoy life, no matter the hardships we suffer. Thank you for sharing your experience! Monitoring your sugar and evaluating your lifestyle to better understand what’s going on with dropping sugar levels are very important.

  11. It must be really difficult trying to deal with the symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia. I totally respect your resolve to continue living in the best way you can, while trying to look for solutions to your sickness.

    Have you ever thought of taking some vitamin supplements? I used to always feel fatigued as well, until I found the right supplement for my body. Or maybe you could consider learning about meditation that helps to boost energy levels.

    All the best!

    1. I have thought about vitamins and different methods of boosting energy. Some I have pursued and others I still need to look into more. Thanks for your comment and encouragement! Those are great reminders that there are still things I can do to maximize my energy.

      Thanks again!

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