Hello again, smart Science Blog readers. This is Connie again, author of the new book SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley Books). I’m here to to help you uncover the truth about the dangers of excessively consumely sugar and refined carbs — something most Americans do. One of my goals also is to serve as your sugar guide — so that you can learn how your habit could lead to reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), a condition many experts say can trigger diabetes.
Chances are good that in the midst of all this talk about diabetes, you simply haven’t heard much about this condition of hypoglycemia. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Indeed, over the years, a number of respected physicians and researchers have found that people with hypoglycemia have reported up to 125 symptoms! (It took a page-and-a-half of my book SUGAR SHOCK! to rattle off some of them!)
You may be intrigued, as I was, to discover that hypoglycemia has been called the “Great Imitator” because its strange, startling symptoms can mimic a frightening array of diseases and conditions.
For instance, people with reactive hypoglycemia have been misdiagnosed as having:
* Bipolar disorder
* Parkinson’s syndrome
* Chronic bronchial asthma
* Paroxysmal tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
* Rheumatoid arthritis
* Cerebral arteriosclerosis (hardening of the brain’s arteries)
* Mental retardation
* Hyperactive disorder — and even
Isn’t it simply remarkable to think that all these people have reactive hypoglycemia, but their doctor(s) thought they had one of these other diseases or conditions instead! (By the way, I share some wild stores about people getting misdiagnosed in my book SUGAR SHOCK!)
* Do you, too, have any strange doctor stories where your doctor misdiagnosed you?
* Did your M.D. think you had another disease until your diabetes was discovered?
* What did it take for you to get an accurate diagnosis?
* Did your doctor tell you that your diet could be affecting your diabetes?
I’m eager to hear back. Next up I’ll tell you about 21 sypmtoms of hypoglycemia.
Author, SUGAR SHOCK!