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Interesting aspect I'm noticing..

About an hour after I eat, my blood sugar crashes in such a way that I become rather adverse to physical contact, intimacy, and I get into a state where my focus narrows down, the link between me and the world that I interact with becomes fragile. To interrupt on what I'm trying to focus on is like talking to me while I'm on the phone with someone. Suddenly I can neither pay attention to who is on the phone, or who is talking to me. I go from struggling to focus on one person to being outright unable to focus on anything at all.
this prompts frustration towards the person interrupting me.

All this means if I'm cuddling with
Galen after eating dinner .. about an hour into it, I start pulling away and want to be more by myself. Happens every time like clockwork.

- Keman


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Sep. 15th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)

I measure my blood sugar in the 70's and 80's often when I take the time to use my blood sugar tester. I kinda stopped bothering. I have enough insulin for me and a diabetic to share.. :P

- Keman
Sep. 15th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Dude watch that. It can kill you dead, and i so hear it can lead to diabetes later in life.
Sep. 15th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
Uh... hunh?

_hypo_glycemics can't maintain a normal level of blood-glucose no matter what they do. I too am _hypo_glycemic, and rarely see my blood-glucose level top 100 mg/dl of whole blood. I average somewhere in the low 80s. Keman is also _hypo_glycemic, but has a far lower body-fat percentage than I... which means that his blood-glucose level fluctuates more around his average. When I was down to 138lbs/8% body-fat, I felt like shit most of the time because the amplitude of the fluctuations was -too- extreme.

_hyper_glycemics are the ones prone to Type II diabetes onset, especially if combined with obesity.

Type I diabetics (most typically juvenile onset) are insulin dependent _hyper_glycemics. Type II diabetics may or may not end up insulin dependent, based on how much they alter their lifestyle. Either type is prone to the "lasting effects" of diabetes, such as reduced peripheral circulation.
Sep. 15th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
You might want to get tested for diabetes.
Sep. 15th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
See the above post.

Basically my problem is that I have too much insulin occasionally, which metabolizes the glucose too quckly, to the point of crashing.

Similar effects as someone with diabetes who gets a little too much insulin while trying to manage their levels, and orange juice or glucose tablets (I have a big container of them) administered at the time of the crash can help greatly, almost immediately. If I notice it, and do something about it. It's easy to miss, surprisingly.

Occasionally I crash really bad, especially when I'm hungry. I get the shakes, it becomes hard to do anything, to say that I'm irritable is an understatement. When I'm crashing, it is unwise to get between me and my food. :P

This is the primary cause for why I have only 11% bodyfat.

I should really get a test kit to see how often (if at all) I'm in ketosis. My add meds seem to make things a lot less crashy during the day, regardless of what I eat. But it may just be that they're burning off fat, worsening the problem. I know when I drop below about 8% ... sugar crashes will take me to the point of blacking out a bit if I stand up real fast.

- Keman
Sep. 15th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
... okay, now you sound exactly like me. Right down to the low body fat. o.o

I've not yet found a satisfactory way to control all this yet, and I feel it's getting worse. I just can't afford a doctor's appointment right now.
Sep. 15th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
Well, blood glucose measuring kits can be had for free to almost-free with rebates and promotions. Check your local pharmacy, they're typically close to the counter or behind the counter. Those will tell you what's going on directly. They prick your finger and take a little blood though, so be prepared for that if you get one.

As far as what to do about it. Glucose tablets are in the pharmacy right next to the glucose kits mentioned above. It's a few bucks for a big jar. It tastes like a big sweet tart. If you chew a couple down when you're getting shaky, it takes about 30 seconds to kick in.

- Keman
Sep. 15th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
I may try that then. Thanks.
Sep. 15th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
Walgreens does a partner promo with several companies. They have at least two different "promo" whole blood blood-glucose monitors bundled with 10-tests worth of supplies for between US$15 and US$20. The newer bundle uses a much better test-strip design, so the volume of blood used is around 1ul (microliter) vs 3-5 ul for older designs.

Glucose tabs can be had for cheap (pharmacy store-brand) or exorbitantly expensive (B-D branded tabs). The difference is only in the price and brand name applied... paying 6x - 10x as much for glucose tabs is just well... y'know. :-)
Sep. 15th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't be dipping into ketosis "unintentionally". Not a nice metabolic state to be in. :-P
Sep. 16th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
Yeah I know.

But alternative fuels are all the rave, and ketones are just so cool! :P

Hey I know, lets convert our dogs to be vegan. They'll thank us for it and be healthier! :P

- Keman
Sep. 16th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
So, does that mean they'll go from carnivore to tofuvore?
Sep. 15th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
I've started doing the same thing in the last few months. It's... upsetting.
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Sep. 16th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
I'm afraid fruit -juice- is about the only that that survives here ... fruit denotes 'fresh' and we buy groceries so rarely... :P

- Keman
Sep. 16th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
See, your problem is you just aren't sweet enough ^.^
Sep. 16th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
What's a typical meal that might proceed one of these episodes?
Sep. 16th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
Something that was roughly balanced 40/30/30 ... not excessive (nor minimalistic) in carb content or anything. If anything, it -might- have been lacking carbs, compared to some meals with a ton of starches (rice, bread, etc) that I eat.

- Keman
Sep. 16th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
I'm curious what exactly a typical meal might be like, though. For instance, today I had a small toasted brie and turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread from this French place by the office-- pretty light on the meat and cheese, it was built to European proportions. Usually I tend to get some gor-meht prepared green salad with a small scoop of tuna-- sometimes tuna salad, sometimes just like it would come out of a can, though I'm sure that didn't, with a little bit of vinaigrette dressing.
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