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 Posted 7/24/2013 2:37:42 PM
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I increased L-tryptophan and chromium 5 weeks ago. Both seem to help a little. Eating avocado with most meals helps a bit, too.

Three weeks ago I added 100 mg 7-Keto DHEA. I think this is helping most, but 3 weeks isn't very long. The best part is my stress system seems less reactive. Most of my life I've gotten stress jolts from trivial events. Now much of the time small things aren't over-stimulating my stress response. This should help me a lot in the long run. Not 100% sure it's the 7-Keto.

I still seem to be cycling through high to low energy phases on a 3-day cycle, but the magnitude of highs and lows is decreasing, and mood is better and less reactive to low blood sugar.

I'll update again later.

Thanks for the ideas and support!
Elaine


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 Posted 7/26/2013 7:13:00 AM
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"I do have hypoglycemia, but I eat every 3 hours, and have a good diet designed to maintain my blood sugar."

As you get older, what worked in the past may not work now, because you keep getting increasingly carb sensitive. some people also become more and more lax with their program

If you don't get this under control, it could eventually lead to panic attacks and some pretty heavy duty meds. Hypoglycemics are super carb sensitive. Sugar and starch are what set off symptoms and keep hypos from losing weight. 

The key to hypoglycemics is getting extreme amounts of protein for breakfast to set the tone for the rest of the day. Eat a healthy high protein, high fiber and low sugar breakfast and add a half scoop of whey as a drink to add an additional 12 to 15 grams of protein. (A larger male would probably need more whey)

Continue your eating every three hours but be mindful of the GI and GL. shoot for as low as possible

Use protein sources throughout the day to keep stabilized and eat plenty of vegetables and fruit.

Limit starches and sugars to as little as you can stand, preferably none. If you want to lose weight cut them out completely

***Whey protein powder is a Hypoglycemics friend and also one of the lowest calorie ways to get a good quality protein.


  
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 Posted 7/26/2013 10:06:17 AM
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Beefster- Good tips! Thanks for sharing. 



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 Posted 7/29/2013 2:13:34 PM
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Beefster: Yeah, thanks. I'm definitely more sensitive to carbs and working on my diet, but also hoping I can find another fix so diet is a little more flexible. I don't eat much sugar, but I hope to be able to tolerate a little fruit juice taken with fat to slow the glycemic response.

I think this is a metabolism problem. Some days my body generates too much energy, so I'm anxious and wired. Other days energy is too low, so I'm tired and can't think. Metabolism could be hormones or could be a missing nutrient in the energy generation process.

One clue is that L-carnitine is like speed to me. Even small doses (100 mg) overcharge me and make me anxious, where normal people can take a few grams.

Thanks,
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 Posted 8/22/2013 8:54:21 AM
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I'm much better now, thanks to the excellent LEF Advisors hotline. 2 key problems in my blood tests:
1. Taking DHEA caused my body to make more testosterone
2. My serum testosterone was too high but free testosterone low

I was using a little testosterone cream, so it was easy to eliminate that.

The hotline recommended:
1. Reduce testosterone (others in same situation might need to reduce DHEA if they're not taking testosterone)
2. Take 500 mg per day nettle root to bring up free testosterone

High serum testosterone can drive up cortisol which can worsen hypoglycemia, just what I experienced.

The two recommendations have produced my biggest improvement since the problem began, so this is likely the cause.

I keep learning over and over: if hormones are not right, nothing else may help. I could have saved myself a lot of suffering, time and money if I'd tested my hormones sooner.

Thanks, everyone!
Elaine


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Have you considered taking Vayarin (prescription EPA/DHA) instead of fish oil?  I recommend.

Also, to resolve mental fog, even energy/motivation, consider tDCS.  I'm a newer but raving fan!

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Welcome to the Forums, Christian.

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Thanks D Dye, glad to be here.  Been an observer for too long and started feeling like I needed to contribute something!

One more suggestion for consideration by the OP:

I read a while ago when we reach age 45 there is a considerable increase in MAOI-B activity which in turn contributes to a decline of dopamine in the brain (actually just found the reference here: http://j.mp/AgeandDopamine); every decade we realize a whopping 13% decline in available dopamine sans any sort of intervention.

The acute onset of symptomatology described by the OP suggest the a cause other than the gradual dopaminergic decline mentioned above, though I still felt compelled to mention that age certainly isn't helping.

That said, perhaps you should consider a MAO-B inhibitor like Selegiline/Deprenyl (under 10mg/day to stay fully selective for MAO-B vs. MAO-A also); aside from enhancing vitality, Selegiline has a way under-recognized longevity properties that you can learn more about here:

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I've been thinking about energy regulation. I wonder if I have a subtle form of bipolar. Even before menopause, I often had too much energy or too little. I was never full-on manic (making unrealistic decisions or psychotic), but I'd buzz around happy for no reason, then be depressed. Adrenalin can produce sort of the same thing. You buzz around feeling good when you have too much, then you get tired.

It's got to be some sort of regulation problem either way. I think regulation usually means hormones, or brain function, or both.

I'm doing a lot better. Improved sleep with melatonin seems to help. I check hormones again next month.

Thanks everyone!
Elaine
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