As a red-blooded sports player I never bothered with my health until about 15 years ago.
One day after the customary 2 beers at the 19th hole I noticed tingling on my right arm. No harm there, but I did casually mention it to the doctor in the team after it happened 5 times. He suggested giving up beer. What was interesting was that he could offer no explanation.
Today, after all these years of reading and exploring hypoglycemia , if somebody said something similar to me I would automatically suggest they check their diet for allergies and enquire about their carbohydrate intake.
That tingle in the arm was a warning or sign indicating the start of hypoglycemia – carbohydrates in beer are treated as sugar by your body.
It probably took 3 more years of casual living and the stress of running my own business for more hypoglycemic symptoms such as, lack of concentration and a cloudy brain, to appear. And then a few further years for more physical symptoms to appear. Through wide reading I learnt that by sticking to a steady diet and a change of lifestyle something could be done about hypoglycemia and so avoid more serious problems.
It is this 7 – 10 years of wasted time which I want to save you. By giving you details and thoughts, often which your doctor will not be able to give because of his time restraints.
I hasten to add I am not a doctor and would not dream of trying to cure myself without an expert. Having a good doctor is like have a good lawyer – you have to ask the right questions in the first place or you will be fobbed off. With some knowledgeable questions you will be able to find a doctor who is able to understand your predicament.
On quite a few occasions doctors said to me: “What do you expect, you’re just getting older.” Or “It’s in your imagination.” Well, I can tell you hypoglycemia is not in your imagination and can strike you at any age.
There are millions of people with pre-diabetes and by following me I will help you make sure you do not become one of them.