Why is it Difficult for Physicians to Diagnose Hypoglycemia?

Dear HSF Family,

I must say that I am blessed beyond words! Even though I was not able to post the last few blogs due to family illness, I had a team of incredible supporters working behind the scenes, devoting their time and energy to moving HSF projects forward.

I am excited to announce that Dr. Robert Willix of Enlightened Living Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida, is joining the HSF as one of our esteemed Medical Advisors. Dr. Willix and I worked together many years ago doing lectures and seminars, and he has always been there if I needed medical advice or direction. However, he is now committed to working with us on a regular basis. We’re proud and honored to have Dr. Willix come onboard!

We are designing a brand new website dedicated to the topic of children and hypoglycemia, an area of grave concern. In conjunction, we are staging a video on the same subject and hope to have them both debut in the summer!

A Save the Date announcement for our next gala is waiting in the wings…can’t wait for you to see it! Our gala funding is critical to continuing the work of the HSF!

Now for an important message from Dr. Willix.

 

Why is it Difficult for Physicians to Diagnose Hypoglycemia?

by Robert D. Willix Jr., MD

Whenever you have a condition in medicine that has either rare or vague symptom complex, physicians are reluctant to recognize it as a disorder or a disease. Hypoglycemia seems to meet that definition.

It can take many years before a set of symptoms can be recognized and related to a cause. Remember that it took more than 20 years for physicians to accept a patient having chronic fatigue syndrome or mononucleosis or Lyme disease or even AIDS. I believe that many doctors are reluctant to say that someone has hypoglycemia because the symptoms can be so varied it is difficult to believe that the cause is a nutritional imbalance. The truth is that many patients with hypoglycemia may later develop type 2 diabetes. There are many who will never progress to that stage, and their symptoms do not fit into a clear model for physicians to agree. There are many with the hypoglycemia complex who describe fatigue after meals or loss of energy or palpitations or fainting as their main symptoms. Others simply cannot describe a specific association with food. They just feel shaky or have the jitters inside or fast heartbeats.

Physicians tend to get confused when confronted with vague complaints even though to the patient they do not appear that vague. There are many conditions in Medicine that look like another condition, and when the doctor cannot fit it into his/her knowledge, they tend to ignore the signs and symptoms as being all in the patient’s head. This is the reason for the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation and why its mission is so important. First, there has to be an awareness that the condition even exists. Second, there needs to be education for both the public and for doctors. In today’s fast-paced learning through the internet, there is a lot of help as well as confusion. So if you GOOGLE the typical signs of low blood sugar, you’ll get everything from diabetes to food allergies to heavy metal poisoning to cancer as the list of conditions that can cause these symptoms.

Finally, physicians never think nutrition first. They are trained to look for the worst possible cause and then consider the least possible cause. They have very little training in nutrition. Even after almost 30 years of treating patients with hypoglycemia complex, I still am baffled by the different ways the patient presents.

Our goal for this year should be to make it simple for both the doctor and the patient to consider hypoglycemia as one of the simplest diagnoses to make. I am honored to join the HSF as a Medical Advisor and look forward to addressing your challenges, fears and concerns and celebrating your successes.

Thank you Dr. Willix!

To each and every one of you, have a happy, fulfilled March!

Here’s to your health,

Roberta

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