Roberta’s Blog

Here’s my August blog…read an astounding and inspiring story by Kelly!

A Hypoglycemia Story…Kelly’s View! I receive hundreds of e-mails each month and can’t possibly answer them all… it’s sad and very frustrating but a reality. However, when Kelly Phillip from Arkansas wrote me recently, not only did I respond to her but also asked if I could share her story with you, my hypoglycemia community. Kelly immediately gave her permission. Dear Roberta: I can't express how much I have appreciated and valued your

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A Doctor’s Point of View

This past March, one of our board members, Dale Ledbetter, sent me an e-mail. It was short and to the point… “You will find this interesting!” It was a link to an article written by Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author and lecturer.* I read the article, Low Energy Increases Alzheimer's Damage, with such interest because it associated low blood sugar with the Alzheimer’s

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Fruit and Yogurt: How many more restrictions?

I have been posting on the HSF’s Facebook page for three years now and never received so many “likes” and comments as I did when I included the following short dietary “don’t” from one of the chapters in my book, The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar. “Watch your fruit consumption. If you are in the early or severe stages of hypoglycemia, you may not be able to eat any fruit. Some patients can

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Hypoglycemia: You have to heal more than the body!

I started writing this blog while I was in the waiting room at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida. This was a much anticipated and dreaded visit.  My husband Tony needed to get an updated evaluation from one of the only doctors in the country that researches and treats his condition, a very rare form of (LGL) leukemia. I first mentioned Tony’s condition in my August/September 2013 blog.  Although at first I was apprehensive about sharing

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Will I ever be the same?

Recently many of the e-mails I received where full of the fear of never recovering from the devastating symptoms and effects of hypoglycemia. Claire of Boone, North Carolina wrote…”Will I ever be the same? Will I ever be the happy-go-lucky woman I once was or am I sentenced to this life of depression and despair?  It feels like hell!” Coincidently, over the past few weeks, I’ve been corresponding with my dear friend and colleague, Dale Ledbetter.

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Don’t short change yourself!

March 2014 Blog I cannot believe it is March! Already the whirlwind of preparing for this year’s gala has begun. At times, I feel stressed and find it’s difficult to practice what I preach, like sticking with my diet. I know I’m not alone, the emails I’ve been receiving this month are sounding a warning that so many of you are also struggling and are unsure what diet to follow to control hypoglycemia symptoms. There are so many “experts”

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Don’t believe hypoglycemia affects you? Think again!

According to leading experts, more than 80 million Americans have hypoglycemia and most don’t even know it! Are you one of them? Let’s take a look at some of the symptoms of this confusing, complicated and too often misdiagnosed condition. Fatigue, insomnia, mental confusion, nervousness, mood swings, headaches, depression, phobias, heart palpitations, craving for sweets, cold hands and feet, forgetfulness, blurred vision, inner trembling, outbursts

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What is the Glucose Tolerance Test?

So you think you may have hypoglycemia. You have all the symptoms. After discussing it with your physician, he agrees to give you a glucose tolerance test (GTT) to confirm the diagnosis. A test for three or four hours is requested when diabetes is suspected, but a six-hour glucose tolerance test is, by far, the most reliable method to detect low blood sugar. The HSF has always recommended that you settle for nothing less than the six-hour GTT. However,

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Holidays and Depression…do they have to go together?

It’s here; we’re right smack in the middle of the holiday season! A time to celebrate with family and friends; a time to trim the tree, cook the turkey and wrap the Christmas gifts. Just tune into your TV. There is not a channel that is not counting the days till December 25th or January 1st, the start of the New Year! While many of us are full of excitement and anticipation, a growing number find this time of year full of loneliness and despair.

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The Healing Power of Music

by Dr Shirley Lorenzani Grocery list in hand, you park the shopping cart and select a bag of juicy red apples. Yippee, it’s finally your turn to host the Monday night football party! Suddenly, an “oldie but goodie” comes over the sound system. Wow, that was your favorite song from senior year! The supermarket interior gradually fades from view and you’ve reappeared, decades back in time. Lights are dim in the high school gym, multicolored

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