HRT or BCP and hypoglycemic issues

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I was wondering for those of you who have experienced hypoglycemic episodes with perimenopause...have you used HRT or BCP?  Do you find that they help at all?  or do they help only with other symptoms (like hot flashes, etc.).

I'm not on either, just use a natural progesterone cream, but I wondered if the pills helped with that symptom for those who do use it.

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    Liggy,

    When I started having issues with blood sugar dropping, I switched over to eating (even if it is a small snack with a protein and little carb) smaller meals 6 x a day. If I don't, then I'll have issues. 

    Actually by using the progesterone cream you are considered using an HRT, just not the ones prescribed by physician. I use it to and one doc corrected me when I said I wasn't using HRT then went on to say I used the cream. Haha! Never thought of it that way, but they are correct.

    See if by adjusting your diet to smaller and more during the day doesn't stop the low blood sugar issues.

    Good luck!

     

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      smile thanks, annie...I didn't think of the cream as HRT but I suppose it is!  I guess I am just a little frustrated because I am having another one of those days of low blood sugar and I feel like I do nothing but eat small stuff here and there.  I must not have eaten enough this morning since my breakfast was just a bowl of oatmeal. 

      I really don't want to take any synthetic pills but I was just wondering if they work better for most women who have the same issues with their blood sugar.

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    hi liggy

    i eat little and often to keep mine in order, always have almonds in the brown skin at hand too for a boost of protein ..

    natural progesterone is a form of HRT .. 

    jay x

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      Stablise your blood sugar and energy levels by eating complex carbohydrates little and often (whole grain cereals, bananas,wholemeal breads, wholemeal pasta. (If you have a gluten sensitivity or suffer from Celiac Disease you need to take advice from your healthcare professional regarding your diet).

      Avoid caffeine at bedtime – try chamomile tea as an alternative

      Snack on oat cakes, raw vegetables, nuts and cottage cheese

      Moderate caffeine and alcohol consumption – both affect energy levels and disrupt sleep. Nicotine has the same effect

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      Hi, jay...funny I didn't think of the cream as being HRT. smile

      I think I didn't eat enough for breakfast this morning so it just started my day off low and I'm struggling to get back. I really need to eat more for these frequent meals.  What's funny is that before peri, I was known as the woman who ate 5 lunches at work because I was eating (snacking) so frequently. I don't know why but now doing the same thing seems like a chore. 

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    Hi Libby, how are you feeling? I was just wondering if I have those episodes you are having. Is it like really light headed, spaced out, nauseous, wobbly and generally really weird? I get like it a lot and it's awful as you don't know when it will happen x
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      Hi, Lou, when it happens, I feel generally weak, light-headed (not exactly dizzy), and sometimes my hands get shaky. I hate feeling like that because I fear I can't get past it fast enough and might pass out...it seems it happens everyday unless I can actually maintain my eating.  Sometimes it's just hard to keep snacking, don't you agree? 
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      Yes, know what you mean as that's just how I feel and it can happen anywhere at anytime, at least I think I know what it probably is now - so awful this menopause thing - and I miss only 18 months in due to surgery and it's so horrible, and yes a lot of the time can't be bothered to eat or do anything much x
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      Hi liggy 

      when i was in peri i had this alot and even fainted 3 times..

      have to eat little and often now, i know what you mean though, as you feel you dont want to, but i make myself have breakfast as otherwise i feel weak.

      i also lost weight in peri and post meno. So need to make myself ..

      just a tiny bit better than nothing, with having faints in the past i just dare not risk it.

      its a weird feeling, it comes out the blue, and makes me feel, like the energy has been zapped and the body strength has gone, standing in one place is a no no for me, long queues make me panic to as i think oh no, i will faint .

      I almost feel the energy drain away out of me.

      one faint i had was in a big store and i banged my head, i woke with two paramedics on me, and a policeman trying to get in my mobile ...

      I was at a cosmetic counter and felt weird so i askes if i could sit on her high stool a minute, then i fainted apparently and fell off and banged my head.

      ( i was on my own too ) 

      my blood sugars and blood pressure were rock bottom low 😢

      i so feel for you and totally understand what you say..

      its scary ..

      jay x

       

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      Jay...you are one strong woman! You sure have been thru a lot with this. I am so scared of fainting!!!  That feeling I get where I am so close to it really scares me. I try to eat before I get to that point but I don't always get to and end up feeling really weak.  Then I can't decide whether to fight that weak feeling or just sit down and relax after I get food in my system.  How do you best cope?

       

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      Hi liggy 

      strong woman ... Not really.. Just had to learn to deal with it, my partner works overseas so i spend alot of time alone and have to push on. 

      ( my kids are grown up and dont live with me now) 

      if i feel shaky etc, and i am stood or out, i look for somewhere to sit, i find that having something to eat 30 mins after getting up helps, i dont feel like it, but i make sure i do it, or i know i will suffer ..

      almonds are excellent for a boost, and i always have some in my handbag when i do go out ...  ( almonds with the brown skin are better ) but the white ones are good too.

      sometimes have Brazil nuts as they are good for you, but more fattening than almonds ... Almonds are not fattening ...

      i am not an avid water drinker but i do make sure i have a small bottle of water a day too, normally with my vits ... 

      I eat weetabix in the morning ( i use to detest it) but enjoy it now.

      i dont have sugar in drinks, always use stevia as other sweetners are bad.

      other morning i had a dippy egg and brown toast ( just one) and i can honestly say my energy stayed level and better starting the morning with a dippy egg ..

      theres that scenario, are too many eggs good or bad, so i tend to not have many.. 

      Jay x

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