Reactive Hypoglycemia: Not as Complex as You May Think

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Today we’re going to talk about reactive hypoglycemia. What is reactive hypoglycemia, and what can be done about it?

You have blood sugars that are tightly controlled.

• Insulin tries to reduce blood sugar.

• Other hormones release stored sugar, putting it back into the blood to make sure the blood sugars don’t go too low.

You don’t want your blood sugar levels to be too high. But, you also don’t want your blood sugar levels to be too low. Your body is trying to stabilize that sugar.

Symptoms of low blood sugar:

• Fatigue
• Brain fog
• Dizziness
• Craving sweets
• Blurred vision
• Irritability
• Coma

Reactive Hypoglycemia causes:

• An overreaction of high amounts of insulin that’s pushing the blood sugars down with too much force.

And/or an issue with:

• Cortisol — Adrenal
• IGF — Liver
• Glucagon — Pancreas

Another situation could be that your medical professional may not acknowledge that this exists because everything may test normal. However, there are levels of hypoglycemia. You can’t just rely on a fasting glucose test. You have to test your blood sugars a few hours after your meal. It also seems like in many cases, this test may not even be valid.

If you look online for information about reactive hypoglycemia, it can get confusing. Let’s look at some of the online information on “the best diet for those who suffer from hypoglycemia”:

• The diet should emphasize healthy fats and protein and be low in carbs.
— I agree with this. The problem goes back to carbohydrates. Your body is not meant to run off of a high-carbohydrate diet. You need to adapt to fat burning.

• Frequent Feedings are often necessary.
— I disagree. Every time you eat, you stimulate insulin. Take advantage of keto (ketogenic diet) and intermittent fasting.

• Sugar and carbs must be avoided.
— I agree. Your insulin is high because it’s reacting to the high carbs and frequent meals.

The last key to the puzzle:

People with reactive hypoglycemia also have insulin resistance. To fix this, you must consume vegetables. I recommend at least 7 cups of high-quality vegetables a day. You need to eat a low carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet with plenty of vegetables.

If you do this, you will eventually heal insulin resistance, and your other hyperglycemia symptoms will go away.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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