August 1, 2013

The Connection Between Hypoglycemia Syndrome & Fibromyalgia

Hypoglycemia syndrome describes a condition in the body where glucose (blood sugar levels) are low. Glucose is a source of both physical (muscle) and mental (brain) energy. The brain, representing only 2 percent by weight of the body, has no energy stores of its own. It requires about 60 per cent percent of the all available glucose in the body and consumes about 120 grams per days regardless of whether we are asleep or awake. About one teaspoon of glucose is available in the blood at any time. Many doctors believe that hypoglycemia is due to insulin resistance, which is also a condition shared with diabetes.

In fibromyalgia patients, hypoglycemia can intensify symptoms. A high percent of female and male fibromyalgics suffer from fibroglycemia — what I refer to as the combination of both conditions.

Symptoms greatly overlap those of fibromyalgia, but sugar cravings, accompanied by tremors, sweating, anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, faintness and frontal headaches especially if hunger-induced are solid clues to the diagnosis. That is why part of my treatment protocol includes treating hypoglycemia. I find that hypoglycemia must be treated concurrently or my patients will not totally recover despite reversal of fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgics with hypoglycemia must follow a low carbohydrate diet as prescribed or they will not feel better. Though not mandatory, fibromyalgics with carbohydrate craving will get a “jumpstart” with similar dietary modifications for the first 30-days of treatment. Carbohydrates (sugars and starches) release insulin. This hormone not only induces kidney absorption of phosphate, but also drives it into various cells and intensifies symptoms. Elimination of sugars and starches prevent the wide fluctuations of blood sugar that allows a surge in energy and lessens bouts of fatigue.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Detox, Fibromyalgia, Pain Management

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