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May 15 / rsratte

Skinny and Pre-Diabetic

Not two words we usually associate together.

Just finished a great book called Sugar Nation:  The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It, by Jeff O’Connell.  O’ Connell is a journalist and has written articles for some health magazines.  What’s great about this book is his own struggles with avoiding Type 2 Diabetes.  He has talked to many experts in the field and done a lot of research then compiled it in an easy to read book.  He is also a skinny pre-diabetic that has worked really hard to get his numbers down to a normal count that would be considered, not pre-diabetic.  Skinny is not what we usually think of for someone with type 2 diabetes, this is a good reminder that we all have a potential for problems with this disease.

He also talks about Reactive Hypoglycemia, which is super important, so many people I see as an acupuncturist have these symptoms but don’t realize what they are eating is the problem.

Low blood sugar can actually be because you are eating too much sugar or carbs, and your insulin levels over-compensate, making your blood sugar dip very low as a result.  Symptoms can include heart palpitation, fatigue, dizziness, light headedness, sweating, headaches, depression, nervousness, irritability, tremors, flushing, craving sweets, increased appetite, rhinitis, nausea, vomiting, panic attacks, numbness or cold extremities, confusion. Wikipedia has a quick write up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactive_hypoglycemia

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