Low blood sugar and anxiety

Low blood sugar and anxiety

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Btill

West Point, MS

#1 Jul 3, 2007
My husband has been suffering for the last 3 or 4 months with something that resembles low blood sugar or anxiety.He had a heart attack over a year ago and in the last 3 or 4 months has gone down hill. He started with feelings of jitteriness, nervousness, weakness. He would have it upon rising and intermittently during the day. We took his blood sugar--sometimes it would be 50;62;70 all upon rising. Later in the morning it would rise to 126; 140. They say he does not have diabetes and is now being treated with lexopro for anxiety. We are trying to find out if his primary problem is physical or emotional. We have looked at everything and I am now back after 4 months to low blood sugar. It like, "what comes the first, the chicken or the egg". What is the problem, low blood sugar or anxiety?
Robin

Douglas, Jersey

#2 Jul 31, 2007
Don't know, but I have been suffering from episodes of low blood sugar throughout the day which gets so bad I feel like I am walking down the street or around a supermarket in a fog with racing pulse and quite anxious. I'm not sure if the low blood sugar (which I try to solve by eating on time and one or two hershy bars during the day)come first or the anxiety. I have had low blood sugar for about 3 years now and it has been getting worse over time. Did have ome kind of viraln infection or some system crash which screwed upmy blood sugar and anxiety even more about 2 years ago. I do get unexplained anxiety and nervousness around large crowds and people and this seems to be when I am also low on blood sugar. Also I get aching legs in places and occasional weak sweaty legs if my sugar gets too low or my body is not handling the blood sugar or food too well.

I'm still on the case and have booked into see another GP and a nutritionist. I'm only a 26 year old guy and it does effect my life. Whether I have emotional issues there which might be effecting my body or it is purely physiological I've yet to find out.
LISA

Omaha, NE

#3 Oct 23, 2008
i have had anxiety for about 20 years now ,,and latley i have been suffering from low blood sugar ,,for the past 6 months and during the day it gets worse ,,,,i am wondering does my anxiety make my blood sugar go down ,,is that what is making me feel so bad during the day should i take my anxirty meds first,,, or eat my meal first ,,,,
Random

Florence, SC

#4 Mar 4, 2009
If you have low blood sugar you should not be eating sweets of any kind, especially something like chocolate which also has caffeine in it. People with low blood sugar should avoid ingesting alcohol, cigarettes, white flour, sugar. I believe you're misinterpreting "low blood sugar" to mean you don't have enough sugar in your blood, but it's completely the opposite. Blood sugar is glucose, glucose is what breaks down the sugar in the foods you ingest. Having low blood sugar means you have low amounts of glucose, meaning your body gets easily overwhelmed by foods high in sugar and attempts to compensate by upping your adrenaline level; ultimately resulting in anxiety.
Marne

Ann Arbor, MI

#5 Apr 6, 2009
I have been type 1 diabetic for 36 years, the person above is completely wrong. Glucose IS sugar, hence the "ose" at the end of the word. I think they're confusing high blood sugar with low. When you have low blood sugar you want to get it back up as fast as possible. The simpler the sugar the better. If you look at any website that talks about treating low blood sugars they reccomend things like half a regular soda, hard candies (pure sugar), juice.

Glucose is what you body breaks all carbohydrates down to in your bloodstream. Insulin is the hormone that puts the glucose into your cells for energy.

And yes extreme anxiety can be a symptom of low blood sugar. That is a new one I just started experiencing and can be quite distressing.
Ginger

Collinsville, OK

#6 Jul 5, 2009
Robin wrote:
Don't know, but I have been suffering from episodes of low blood sugar throughout the day which gets so bad I feel like I am walking down the street or around a supermarket in a fog with racing pulse and quite anxious. I'm not sure if the low blood sugar (which I try to solve by eating on time and one or two hershy bars during the day)come first or the anxiety. I have had low blood sugar for about 3 years now and it has been getting worse over time. Did have ome kind of viraln infection or some system crash which screwed upmy blood sugar and anxiety even more about 2 years ago. I do get unexplained anxiety and nervousness around large crowds and people and this seems to be when I am also low on blood sugar. Also I get aching legs in places and occasional weak sweaty legs if my sugar gets too low or my body is not handling the blood sugar or food too well.
I'm still on the case and have booked into see another GP and a nutritionist. I'm only a 26 year old guy and it does effect my life. Whether I have emotional issues there which might be effecting my body or it is purely physiological I've yet to find out.
I know how you feel. I have had similar episodes since I was in my mid 20's...not too long ago. I have been tested for low blood sugar a few times, but they always turn out fine. My doctor says I may be borderline. I just have to make an effort to eat every 2 or 3 hours depending on how hard I'm working during the day. When I hit my lows, I experience anxiety and mood swings. I get emotional because I feel kinda scared when I feel like I'm about to pass out. I would suggest something more filling like crackers and peanut butter, or bread, or a granola bar or something. The candy bars help only for a few minutes, then you crash and start all over. Everyone is different and you know your body better than anyone. Watch your physical cues and pay attention to your eating schedule. Don't miss meals and snack a lot in between. Good luck!
jane

New Haven, CT

#7 Jul 31, 2009
Since I eliminated sugar and caffeine (chocolate,coffee) from my diet I have started to feel much better. I, too, suffer from low sugar and major anxiety and panic (no meds) and have found that not eating these types of foods has helped. Hope this isn't too good to be true! Anyone else experienced the same think? I definitely think there is a huge connection between food and anxiety.
Ana

Hinsdale, IL

#8 Aug 7, 2009
At times I thought I was going to loose my mind. I have been treated with Clonazepam (klonopin) for anxiety attacks, and prozac for depression. I have been testing my blood sugar and is low must of the time. I had a glucose tolerance test and it came out normal!!! I dont understand but I thank God I found this blog, I have been praying so much for help, doctors (the ones I have seen) dont take low blood sugar seriously. only high blood sugar I was told "You are not diabetic!" and just given psychiatric drugs, I lost my job of 16 years. There is a good book out there that explain the author's battle with hypoglycemia (not knowing what was wrong for many years)My worst symptoms are blury vision in big stores, and weak legs, get anxious about fainting (never had)this is like a monster that comes out of nowhere and attacks me. I need a doctor that would take this seriously and help me. Good book. THE DOS AND DON'TS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA BY ROBERTA RUGGIERO. I bought it on the internet. May God help all of us with this confusing disease.
die-of-betes

Flint, MI

#9 Sep 7, 2009
i just started to notice that i would all of a sudden get this feeling like life is overwhelming and i wanted 2 die....but then i would check my blood sugar and it was always low when i would feel like this....as soon as i treated my sugar and it came back up...i didnt feel like i wanted to die anymore...this is so crazy 2 me!
die-of-betes

Flint, MI

#10 Sep 7, 2009
another thing ...please try your hardest with controlling your diabetes because i just started dialysis and it is horrible...u have no life anymore and im in my 20's so its extra horrible because i cant live my life anymore...traveling is pretty much out for me until i get a transplant....please, i would tell my enemies just so they wouldnt end up like me!
confused

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Sep 24, 2009
I think I have low blood sugar, I had an "episode" in July where I went out to lunch and was sitting (not driving) in my van talking to my husband on the phone I remember telling him I don't feel so good, I woke up to paramedics taking me to the hospital they seemed to think I had a seizure due to some injury to my foot & back I stayed in the hospital 2 days & was tested for everything they could think of but could not find anything. I have had blood work done and it's all came back okay! I quit smoking,quit drinking coffee which I feel better but still have issues with anxiety and all the symtoms listed for low blood sugar. I'm clueless
Dubug

Lutz, FL

#12 Oct 4, 2009
I have had hypoglycemia for 17 years. I have had seizures, fainting and severe anxiety. I can tell you for certain that simple sugars are your enemy! If each day you plan to injest 2 grams then tomorrow your body will produce enough insulin to control the 2 grams (for example), but then when you actually injest the 2 grams, your body will then release insulin (again) to control the 2 grams. This triggers a release of stored glucose in the liver, which triggers the release of adrenaline (and causes the fight or flight syndrome). The surge of adrenaline will make you shaky and feeling hungry, this is where SO many people make the mistake and think they should eat sugar to bring their glucose levels back up. BIG mistake, eat protein and complex carbs to counteract... not more sugar and nothing with cinnamon, which lowers blood sugar.
Craig

Country Club Hills, IL

#13 Jan 3, 2010
My glucose tolerance test came back at 88 start, 108 hour 1, 107 hour 2, and 69 hour 3. They tell me I don't have diabetes because my 3 month hemoglobin is great. I have felt anxiety for 2 months now. I have started exercising, cut out coffee and am trying to add more fruits and veggies. I am also going to add more snacks to the day. In addition, I am turning to God for this spiritually.

Any ideas if the anxiety is the cause or the low blood sugar is the cause? This is confusing to me!

Any suggestion for more life changes I can make?
jeff

Lynnfield, MA

#14 Jan 18, 2010
iam experiencing jittery lik e symtoms.i have had high blood sugar for weeks iam a type 1 diabetic.ok then like a nervousness feeling and amped up feeling comes over me.my blood sugar was lower and has been yo yoing and i cnat keep it under control.they told me its firm having it go from 300 to 100 300 to 100 and yo ying like that.i told them it feels this way when i keep it at 120 or so fo ra lond time.i get a wicked like panic attack feeling come over me.its weird?
rick plainville ct

West Hartford, CT

#15 Feb 8, 2010
got to tell you guys how happy i am.now i know that Im not crazy. I had every test in the world , went to hospitol ,could not find anything wrong. Ihad palpatations went sugar gets low.But when they check my sugar level all is o.k. Anixiety or sugar level?
Tony

UK

#16 Feb 25, 2010
Hi all, I have had blood sugar problems all my life and tried prozac and betablockers which just mask low blood sugar ( hypoglycemia) and nmake it worse. I have been experimenting with various diets to try and stabilise my mood/blood sugar. I found the best diet to be high protein and a few compex carbs. Do not eat any refined sugars or caffeine. Fruit can be worse than sweets. It may take a year but it does work. Also try and eat at the same time every day and drink plenty of water. Caffeine must go if you want to stabilise your moods.
lola

Bellevue, WA

#17 Apr 14, 2011
for very one with low blood sugar ther is a thing called alpiste which bird food well soak it over nite in water in the morning throw the water away and wash the alpiste and the but it in the blender with some new water and mix it drink it in the morning and at nite evey day and will see it will make you feel so much better your sugar will get back to normal. my mom just went to the doctor and she was told that here sugar was fine . im am suffing form low blood sugar for about 7months now i went to the doctor and they gave me meds i fell apart with the meds now im going to drink the alpiste and i pray that it helps me because i lost my life for 7months because i had anxiety attach last year and i got very depress i want my life back its sad because i feel that doctors dont care about low blood sugar well people i hope you try this stuff remember its alpiste canary seed . oh by the way im not a doctor so what works for my mom and me maybe it wont help you but i hope it will . good luck everyone
Mike Ledford

Fishersville, VA

#18 Sep 13, 2011
Wow. Some intense stories here.

No doubt our psychological state is tied to our well-being, regardless of the illness. I'm not sure doctors appreciate this yet, despite there being enough evidence to support this argument. For heaven's sake, just ask your mom. We don't need so many studies to prove that.

I just wanted to share this link, and hope it helps someone. http://www.antiagingjournal.org/checking-bloo...

Good luck.
mic

Mason, OH

#19 Oct 4, 2011
Marne wrote:
I have been type 1 diabetic for 36 years, the person above is completely wrong. Glucose IS sugar, hence the "ose" at the end of the word. I think they're confusing high blood sugar with low. When you have low blood sugar you want to get it back up as fast as possible. The simpler the sugar the better. If you look at any website that talks about treating low blood sugars they reccomend things like half a regular soda, hard candies (pure sugar), juice.
Glucose is what you body breaks all carbohydrates down to in your bloodstream. Insulin is the hormone that puts the glucose into your cells for energy.
And yes extreme anxiety can be a symptom of low blood sugar. That is a new one I just started experiencing and can be quite distressing.
Where as I agree with your comment on low blood sugar, the afore mentioned person is correct that you should stay away from sweets. If you have strait sugar like candy bars you cause your sugar to rise quickly then peak and drop quickly. If you are starting to go into shock from low sugar only then is it good to have sweets.

Otherwise you should be eating complex sugars like carbohydrates and proteins every few hours so that you keep your sugar at a constant consistent level and avoid those highs and lows that you get when you eat sweets.

After changing my eating times, foods, and limiting sweets to very small amounts after a full meal, I rarely have any more issues. Only when I stray from this do I experience sugar issues.
Camille

Québec, Canada

#20 Dec 20, 2011
Random wrote:
If you have low blood sugar you should not be eating sweets of any kind, especially something like chocolate which also has caffeine in it. People with low blood sugar should avoid ingesting alcohol, cigarettes, white flour, sugar. I believe you're misinterpreting "low blood sugar" to mean you don't have enough sugar in your blood, but it's completely the opposite. Blood sugar is glucose, glucose is what breaks down the sugar in the foods you ingest. Having low blood sugar means you have low amounts of glucose, meaning your body gets easily overwhelmed by foods high in sugar and attempts to compensate by upping your adrenaline level; ultimately resulting in anxiety.
Thanks for this information, it is both clear and accurate :)

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