I am starting to train a client with Reactive Hypoglycemia. Do you have any dietary or training suggestions?
There are some key nutritional recommendations to help people with Reactive Hypoglycemia (RHG). The best way to manage RHG is by having glucose enter the bloodstream at a steady even pace. People with RHG overreact to the glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal. There is an imbalance in their body's release of insulin in response to the meal. The excess insulin causes blood sugar levels to fall below normal, usually about two to three hours after the meal. This causes the symptoms associated with RHG. The body eventually will correct its mistake but you feel terrible until it does.
The key to helping a client with RHG is by changing their eating habits. They must adjust the size and frequency of their meals. Most people respond best to a regimen of five smaller well balanced meals spaced throughout the day. People with RHG should choose more complex carbs over simple carbs and should include fiber and protein with each meal. No skipping meals, no alcohol, and no caffeine are recommended. Excess body weight also contributes to RHG, so a reduction to the proper body weight is important.
John P Mamana M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University, CEO of American Health Sciences
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