I would like to take the time to thank each and every one of you who has e-mailed their story, question or concern this past year. While I am both honored and privileged that you would open your hearts and minds to me, I am equally frustrated because I cannot answer all of you. One reason is the huge amount of requests; the other is that the questions asked often need medical intervention.
What I can do though to help you jump start the New Year and make your healing journey a little easier is list short, simple suggestions that will allow you to take control of your hypoglycemia symptoms.
Education: This is a must if you want to control your symptoms and make the healing process as painless as possible. Knowledge and understanding of the causes, effects and treatment of hypoglycemia is imperative! Read every book you can, scan every website that is available on the internet and even listen to some excellent CD’s. Check out the one offered on our website with Dr. Douglas M. Baird…it’s excellent!
Diet/Symptom Diary: I can’t stress enough the importance of keeping a diet/symptom diary. This is your personal blueprint; a clear overview of what you are eating. It can be the first indicator that something’s wrong and, perhaps, a very inexpensive way of correcting a very simple problem. Please read the complete details and some great diet suggestions in the Hypoglycemia Diet link of this website.
Find a Physician: Every other e-mail I receive concerns a request for a doctor. Some great doctors are out there who test for and treat hypoglycemia! Read the chapter in my book on “How to Find a Physician.” For a referral listing in your area, please click on Helpful Links on the left side of our home page. The list is extensive. I highly recommend the Health Directory from The Life Extension Foundation (www.lef.org) and the website of Dr. Al Sears (www.alsearsmd.com).
Preparation is the key: Being prepared with meals and snacks is crucial to sticking to a healthy, hypoglycemia diet. Whether at home, work, school or traveling, have allowable foods ready to eat…this will prevent your blood sugar from falling dangerously low.
Reach out for help: Cooking, cleaning, shopping…you don’t have to do it all yourself. Put your husband, children, parents and friends to work. They may be happy to help, but you’ll never know unless you ASK!
Positive attitude: It is so much easier to have a positive attitude when you are surrounded by positive people. You need family and friends who inspire and encourage you. If that support network isn’t currently in place for you, reach out to your community, your church, your temple or congregation of choice. Connecting with another human being who believes in you may be the greatest healing you can experience
Control stress: Many of you had a very difficult 2011 marred by physical illness as well as mental, emotional and financial struggles. It is imperative to find a support system and stress-relief/coping mechanisms. Try meditation, a massage, prayer, light exercise, reading a good book, taking long walks in nature, listening to music. Go to lunch with a friend, have a make-over, see a fun-filled movie…anything that puts a smile on your face and brings an inner peace to your heart.
Exercise with caution: Choose your exercise carefully! Walking is the most effective exercise in addition to being the most compatible with normal, daily activities. Depending on what stage of hypoglycemia you are in, walking is also the least stressful exercise for the hypoglycemic. Running, jogging or strenuous aerobic exercise should be held off until most of your physical symptoms are controlled.
Are vitamins necessary? Be cautious! Vitamins taken indiscriminately can be just as harmful as an overdose of medication. Get professional guidance on what you need to take and the dosage.
Children and Hypoglycemia…Hypoglycemia and Alcoholism…Hypoglycemia and Diabetes: The above three subjects were so important that I addressed them in length in my new edition of The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar. If any of you are dealing with a child who has hypoglycemia, a friend or family member who has an alcohol problem, or anyone, especially a family member, who has diabetes…these chapters are a must read!
Ask the Experts: Every conceivable question has been asked…from hypoglycemia and chronic fatigue, hypoglycemia and bypass surgery, hypoglycemia and stress…to advice on taking the glucose tolerance test or having a colonoscopy. You asked, we responded! Fifty-eight questions…all answered by the experts in the 2011 edition of The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia: An Everyday Guide to Low Blood Sugar.
Love yourself: Use the information from your own research, my latest book, Dr. Baird’s CD, and this website. Interweave it with commitment, and then love yourself enough to take the final step…application!
May 2012 bring you an abundance of health, happiness, peace and prosperity!