News for Immediate Release
April 15, 2019
Today, April 15, 2019, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation (HSF) unveils its new website at https://hypoglycemia.org. Why should you care, just another website, right?
In every minute taken to read this news, someone is dying from preventable diet-related disease.
More people have died from preventable metabolic disease since 1980 than the sum of all the world’s military conflicts combined. This is more than a burgeoning health issue – it is a national security issue with profound economic implications.
Another relevant fact: back in 1980, the HSF was founded by a patient advocate named Roberta Ruggiero. Today, if you live in South Florida, you might run into Roberta at the supermarket, beauty salon or local bookstore – she would just seem like a nice lady, an ordinary citizen, going about her daily business – but she is more than that – she is modern day superhero.
Forty years ago, after suffering years of being misdiagnosed for a mysterious set of ailments profoundly affecting her physical and mental health, Roberta was subjected to a travesty of medical abuse – receiving multiple “treatments” of electroshock therapy…for a condition that would later, finally, be recognized as hypoglycemia.
Many of us would have been permanently wounded by such an experience, but Roberta responded by writing a book, The Do’s and Don’ts of Hypoglycemia, and founded a nonprofit, the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, and then kept it going for four decades – reaching millions with vital health information and changing countless lives. “I couldn’t let what happened to me, continue to happen to others – so I took action. I had no idea the epidemic of blood sugar disorders would grow to the proportions it has today,” Roberta said.
Imagine if you had advance notice, years ahead of getting type 2 diabetes, non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), or worse yet, a heart attack or stroke? Hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar, is one of the earliest and most often experienced indicators of metabolic dysfunction by the general population. For decades, the HSF has been filling a critical gap in educating the public about a health issue that is a significant precursor to more advanced metabolic diseases.
What if you have received the “gift” of hypoglycemia? Wait, what? Hypoglycemia: a gift? Yes. Gift. Because, long before you get type 2 diabetes or heart disease, low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia, sends you insistent warnings, like a “canary in a coal mine,” while you still have time to spare yourself. The gift messages take many forms: anxiety, depression, physical and mental fatigue, brain fog and cravings – all with the same greeting: ‘Change while there’s still time.’ Assuming you listen and act, it could save you a lifetime of unnecessary suffering.
The new www.hypoglycemia.org website was made possible with support from Connie Bennett, bestselling author of Sugar Shock and Beyond Sugar Shock and the upcoming book, I blew my diet! Now what?
“When I first talked to Roberta more than a decade ago, I was a huge sugar addict, carb junkie, night owl and overworked journalist with 44 baffling ailments. With help from Roberta Ruggiero and the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, I kicked my sugar addiction, stabilized my blood sugar and got a new lease on life.
“I never would have learned about low blood sugar and why it’s so important to kick processed carbs and sweets if it weren’t for the eye-opening information and tremendous patience of the amazing Roberta Ruggiero,” Bennett says. “Then, a few years ago, Roberta came to my rescue again when I had months-long carb relapse after losing my dying Mom.
“Roberta is such a selfless, altruistic woman, and she and the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation have educated millions and saved countless lives.”
“I’ll forever be grateful,” continues Bennett.
Connie is one of tens of thousands who have found the HSF after years of unnecessary suffering. So, no, this isn’t just another website; the urgency of this work has never been greater.
The new HSF website offers a wide range of useful information for sufferers of a medical condition that is now affecting a majority of the global population. While there are many types of hypoglycemia, the most common form, and typically misunderstood and undiagnosed, is reactive hypoglycemia… a condition that is preventable and reversible for most. While simple diet and lifestyle changes are often extremely effective, this can be very hard, especially when we live in a food environment that barrages us daily with processed foods laden with sugar and junk carbohydrates, constantly tipping us in the wrong direction. So, the HSF continues its exceptional journey of education and support, offering an extensive new range of resources and articles on its website, including the world’s first comprehensive infographic on hypoglycemia. Complementing its website are a public Facebook page and private Facebook Support group.
“We expect this new website to change many more lives – I have suffered for many years on the “blood sugar roller coaster” and know how frustrating it can be to lack vital information about one’s health. Serving as the first CEO for the HSF is exciting because it allows me to “swim upstream” and reach millions of people before they sink into chronic and debilitating metabolic disorders – simply by helping them recognize early signs that our blood sugar gives us,” states Wolfram Alderson.
For further information, please contact:
Wolfram Alderson, CEO
Hypoglycemia Support Foundation
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Hello, Wolfram and Dr. Lustig!
You know how to apply your efforts wisely. Thanks for your amazing ability to prioritize. Wolfram, I wish you the very best of luck in this public health endeavor. Will we be able to see some work at the Commonwealth Club in the coming months? I certainly hope so. Bless you and your efforts!