Today, I’d like to educate you a little about reactive hypoglycemia, a condition that not enough doctors recognize or accept — and one that’s been tied to weight gain and carb cravings.
You may be astonished to learn that if you have hypoglycemia (also called low blood sugar), you could have as many as 125 ailments! (To understand more about this condition and how it’s often misdiagnosed, read the excerpt from my book).
In fact, hypoglycemia has been called the “Great Imitator” because its strange, startling symptoms can mimic an astonishing array of diseases and conditions.
For instance, people with reactive hypoglycemia have been misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, neurosis, migraines, Parkinson’s syndrome, paroxysmal tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), rheumatoid arthritis, mental retardation, alcoholism, hyperactive disorder, and even senility.
It’s absolutely horrifying to think about all these people, who’ve been wrongly told that they have another illness or disease. (By the way, in SUGAR SHOCK!, I share some scary stories about people getting misdiagnosed.)
24 Hypoglycemia Symptoms
If you or a loved one is suffering from some mysterious ailments, you may want to learn if hypoglycemia and/or a sugar problem are to blame. ..So, here are 24 symptoms, which could signify that you have hypoglycemia:
- Cravings for sweets
- Mental confusion
- Mood swings
- Unexplained fatigue and exhaustion
- Weak spells
- Cold sweats
- Heart palpitations
- Digestive disturbances
- Internal trembling
- Crying spells
- Lack of sex drive (females)
- Impotence (males)
- Blurred vision
- Night terrors and nightmares
- Muscle pains
- Itching and crawling sensations on the skin
My Personal Experience
I’m not a doctor, but if you have some of the symptoms I just cited, I’d recommend that you see a physician to learn if you have reactive hypoglycemia or another blood sugar condition. (The five-hour Glucose Tolerance Test, while unpleasant, may be able to give you some answers.)
Bear in mind, though, that in most cases, if you kick sugar (or at least drastically cut back on your consumption of sweets and refined carbs), you may be able to cut out (or curtail) these ailments. (I’m not promising anything, but isn’t it worth a try to find out?)
Incidentally, that’s what happened to me: I quit eating sugar and quickie carbs on doctor’s orders in 1998, and all 44 of my symptoms completely vanished! So, I invite you to do some detective work on yourself:
- Do you have any of the symptoms that I mentioned above? Which ones?
- Do you have any other baffling ailments? Think about any and all health problems that you have such as headaches, mood swings, fatigue, difficulty focusing, depression, anxiety, etc.
- Have you had any doctors misdiagnose you?
I hope to hear back from you. Perhaps I can help steer you in the right direction. Don’t be bashful. Tell us about your strange symptoms. In the meantime, you may wish (I hope) to order my book SUGAR SHOCK!, too.