I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia when I was 15 ( I am 53) so most
of my life I have been on a modified carbohydrate diet.
[What were the glucose levels you had when you were diagnosed
with hypoglycemia? And what were your symptoms? At what
glucose level do you start to feel weak? Do you test yourself
with a glucose meter at that moment, and if so, what is your
glucose level, and what do you do about it at that moment?
Last year I discovered that hypoglycemia is due to very high insulin
response to the presence of carbs. I had a fasting glucose - below
90, fasting insulin - below 5, but a post prandial insulin was 3
[A fasting glucose below 90 is very good... fasting insulin below
5 is also very good... and I don't know how to measure post
prandial insulin because it depends on what you eat, but I think
3 times "normal" is probably very good too. It means your pancreas
is working very well.
So... If glucose levels drop too much (to below 60 mg/dl) then the
problem might be the UP push, that is, glucagon, not insulin.
If you FEEL o.k, then ignore it... if you DON'T FEEL o.k, then
you have a problem we have to solve. - Ellis]
In addition to drastically reducing the carbs to no more than
15 gm/meal my family doc added Metformin for use when the carb
content would be above that.
[I think it is a good thing that your doctor reduced carbs...
I have heard bad advice for hypogycemics, telling them to
eat carbs, to add glucose to balance the low blood glucose.
But that is bad advice because it causes a further release
of insulin. It is like a roller coaster: you have to try
to be on a roller coaster for little children with low highs
and high lows... not a big one with high highs and low lows.
I am not so sure that it is good that you take metformin,
because metformin lowers glucose levels... maybe it is too
much of a good thing. If I were you, I would try a week
with less metformin, or even without metformin, and see if
this affects the times you feel glucose is too low. - Ellis]
7 years ago I sustained multiple injuries to my cervical spine,
in addition to residual lumbar injuries from an horrific accident
when I was 19. In the fall of 2004, after reading the posting by
the Australian gentleman I started adding HGH (my IGF-1 was in the
[You are referring to Peter Longmore's story... for those who
have not read it, here it is:
I increased by 1/4 unit and now take 3/4 IU. In March 2005 the IGF-1
level was in the 130's. I noticed an increase in endurance rather
quickly (from virtually none), and now I do moderate cardio exercises
5/wk for 25-30 min, and 15 minutes of stretching afterwards.
I am much more active with my daughter, and in general my life is
[Great... Welcome to the Club. You can tell it isn't water,
can't you? It really does work.
The problem in this world is to know Who Can I Believe? Your
testimonial is nice and simple: you NOTICED an increase in
endurance rather quickly... from none to more... you are more
active with your daughter, and in general you feel your life is
That is a beautiful testimonial... What else do we need to know
than that you FEEL an increase in endurance, you have more energy
to be with your daughter, and your life in general is greatly
improved? All that matters is in that short sentence.
Thanks for telling others... It is the same for me... I hope
others reading this and what you wrote and believe it,
because I know it will help whoever tries it. - Ellis]
However, recently I find that I am more sensitive to lower
amounts of carbs and the dose of Metformin I have been on
does not serve well for the same grams of carbs as before.
All this leads me to believe that the level of insulin resistance
is increasing. Reproductive hormones are all post-menopausal.
Do you have any suggestions?
[Hello Robin... well, you can't guess. Take a blood test and
see if your insulin resistance is really increasing. It doesn't
seem to me that it should increase, but the way to find out is
with a blood test.
When you say you are more "sensitive to lower amounts of carbs"
I suppose that means that low amounts of carbs raise your glucose
levels higher than you wish it would... I suppose, that is
followed by a crash in glucose levels. If this is what is
happening then the problem is that your glucose levels are
going to high, then too low.
Whenever your glucose meter tells you that your glucose has
shot up much higher than you expected, always repeat the blood
test, because it might be an error. Every once in a while that
happens to me, too, and when I repeat the test a minute later I
get the result I expected, which means the blood test itself
was an error. You can get an error for many reasons... maybe
you touched something sweet with your fingers, and it affects
the blood test... Maybe you did not put enough blood on the test
strip (that gives a VERY HIGH glucose reading...) Maybe you
pricked your finger incorrectly so you have to squeeze hard to
get a drop of blood, and what you get is either too much plasma
or too little plasma... This will affect your reading...
So... don't accept a madly high result as correct until you have
double checked it.
But... if it is really high, and a while later you feel dizzy
or weak, then it really is hypoglycemia. The way to avoid this,
in principle, is to avoid high highs... keep your glucose levels
from going too high because of the food you eat... so it becomes
really important for you to choose what foods go into your body.
So... 1. See if metformin is causing the lows... suspend
metformin for a week and see if you feel better. 2. 30
minutes after you eat, take a blood glucose test, to see if
it is very high... If it is very high, test again 30 minutes
later... If it is dropping, eat something ANIMAL ORIGIN...
3. If you feel "weak", take a blood glucose test, then
immediately after eat a bite of something ANIMAL ORIGIN
(PROTEIN) avoiding carbohydrates. 4. Take a blood test to
see if your INSULIN before breakfast and also one hour after
eating a good meal is really showing insulin resistance.
5. Take my Poor Man's Glucose Tolerance Test, for 5 hours,
and see if your graph looks like the one on this page, for hypoglycemia...
Usually hypoglycemia is a symptom before diabetes, so be careful
if you are hypoglycemic, you are probably well on the Road to
Diabetes... You might be better off to use insulin, instead of
6. IF YOU (or anybody on Rejuvenation) are insulin resistant,
write to me etoussier(at)yahoo.com Subject: Rejuvenation Re:
Insulin Resistance, and I will give you my still secret Ellis
Toussier's Magic Program to Reduce Insulin Resistance, which will
blow your mind (and your doctor's too,) and which I say will
reduce your insulin resistance in 10 days. (The name "Ellis
Toussier Magic Program" is just a title to tell you it is sure
to blow your mind... )
Thanks for writing, I hope you stay well. - Ellis]