Saturday, February 03, 2007

25 Signs You May Suffer From Hypoglycemia

The energetic, beautiful, and talented Connie Bennett!

Back by popular demand is bestselling author Connie Bennett from the SUGAR SHOCK! blog guest blogging with more information about the subject of hypoglycemia which you may find quite the eye-opener, especially if you or a loved one suffers from any of these nasty symptoms. Remember to leave your comments for Connie and she will respond right here at my blog. ENJOY!

Dear readers of the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog,

It's Connie Bennett again. As you may recall, I'm one of Jimmy's many blogging buddies. I'm also a former sugar addict, holistic health counselor and author of the new book SUGAR SHOCK! from Berkley Books (part of the Penguin Group). Anyhow, Jimmy is being kind enough to allow me to guest blog over here as I continue my worldwide SUGAR SHOCK! Blog Tour.

Today, I'm here to talk to you about reactive hypoglycemia, which is a condition that not enough doctors recognize or accept. In my previous post, I mentioned a few symptoms you could get. What you may find mind-boggling is 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 this excerpt from my book SUGAR SHOCK!)

In fact, hypoglycemia has been called the “Great Imitator” because its strange, startling symptoms can mimic a frightening 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.

Isn't that scary? You may have reactive hypoglycemia, but your doctor diagnoses the wrong disease or condition! (By the way, in SUGAR SHOCK!, I share some scary stories about people getting misdiagnosed.)

So, here are 25 symptoms which signify you may have hypoglycemia:

1. Cravings for sweets
2. Mental confusion
3. Mood swings
4. Unexplained fatigue and exhaustion
5. Weak spells
6. Cold sweats
7. Depression
8. Headaches
9. Heart palpitations
10. Digestive disturbances
11. Forgetfulness
12. Insomnia
13. Anxiety
14. Obesity
15. Internal trembling
16. Crying spells
17. Lack of sex drive (females)
18. Impotence (males)
19. Allergies
20. Blurred vision
21. Night terrors and nightmares
22. Muscle pains
23. Allergies
24. Itching and crawling sensations on the skin
25. Internal trembling

I’m not a doctor, but if you have a number of the health woes cited above, I’d highly recommend that you see a physician to learn if you have 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, often, 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 self-exploration.

- Do you have any of the symptoms 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, getting too tired or wired, difficulty focusing, etc.

I’m eager to hear back from you and maybe help steer you in the right direction. Don’t be bashful. Tell us about your strange symptoms.

Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C.,
Author, SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley Books)

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Blogger Hellistile said...

Nice to hear from you Connie. I know this is a quiz to see if we are paying attention but item 15 on the list is exactly the same as item 25 on the list. FYI

I'm still waiting for your book to arrive. I can hardly wait.

2/03/2007 5:54 PM  
Blogger Connie said...


All right! Someone smart caught the deliberate error! Hurrah for you. You win a SUGAR SHOCK! tote bag! Just write to me on my blog and send your address to me, and I'll get you one!

OK, true confession here: I'm trying to gracefully laugh off my mistake! LOL!! I do concentrate better these days without sugar, but, oops, how did that happen?

OK, seriously, I goofed! I was about to e-mail Jimmy the blog post yesterday, and then my computer shut down and I lost the whole post so I had to write it up again. I guess in my rush to get this to Jimmy, I made this faux pas. (By the way, for my book SUGAR SHOCK!, I proofed and proofed and proofed and had more assistants double checking facts and then my publisher had copy editors checking and checking some more!)

Anyhow, # 25 should be Nervousness.

Sugar-Free, But Not Perfect!!! LOL!

2/03/2007 11:13 PM  
Blogger Scott K said...

Thanks for the post Connie. My wife and a friend of hers are both hypo, but neither wants to listen to me to reduce their sugar. Or rather, they want to, the just can't get past the carb cravings and refuse to stock a house without them. Luckily for me, my wife and I are on different eating plans. Course, that means we rarely cook together, but at least one of us is healthy. I need to figure out how to get her to read this book. It's not a matter of disinterest. It's just a matter of her actually doing it.

2/04/2007 8:01 AM  
Blogger Connie said...


Thank you for writing! I can feel your wife and her friend's pain and your frustration! It can be darn tough to kick sugar. That's why I wrote SUGAR SHOCK! -- firstly, to shock people into realizing that sugar in excess is so dangerous, and secondly, to help people break free.

Yes, I do hope that she reads SUGAR SHOCK! Well, how about you buy a copy for her AND her friend (and possibly a third friend)?

Just say that you found an author who used to be a huge sugar addict herself and was able to kick the stuff and now feels so great because of it! She certainly sounds open to it!

Just please be patient with her -- sometimes people need to first learn about sugar's dangers before they can take any action. That's why I put SUGAR SHOCK! together in the way that I did.

First, I shock you with the alarming info about what can happen to you if you continue to over-consume sugar. Then I offer a whole self-help section -- that's the one that can help your wife.

Also, I invite you and your wife and your wife's friend to scout about my website, Furthermore, I offer a free, online KickSugar group and private coaching.

As for your separate eating plans, can you maybe come up with some tasty, sugar-free meals and try to share them with her?

By the way, I must commend you on eating right and setting a good example! Hurrah for you... Give it some time... You may be able to help her and sway her over to the healthy side!

All the best,


2/04/2007 9:13 AM  
Blogger Lady Atkins said...

LOL! I had a hypo episode on Saturday night. I sometimes test my blood sugar for kicks. I drank too much alcohol on Friday night. Saturday I went for a 6 mile walk with a friend and then had a low-carb dinner at a restaurant. When I got home and tested myself, I came out at 43 on my meter! When I retested I got 32! So yeah, I was hypo alright.

I ate some carbs and was back well above 100 in under an hour.

2/04/2007 8:43 PM  
Blogger Jeff Hamlin said...

Connie are you still cozy with the website "The Truth About Splenda"? I checked the site out and could tell right away that they don't care one bit about people's health, but put together the site as a thinly veiled hissy fit over lost market share. You on the other hand, appear to actually care about other folks' wellbeing.

2/05/2007 6:27 PM  

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