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13 Dec 2004

low blood pressure / sugar
Hi doc , I realy hope you can assist me in my delemma , at work at round about 3pm I start to feel horribly dizzy(drunk) , tired and shaky , I have a bowl of porrige with skim milk for breakfast , a tub of yogurt for mid morning , 2 slice sandwich with cheese or protien for lunch and another fruit for mid afernoon , every single day at about 3 - 4 I start with this silly symptoms , can it be low bp or low sugar and what do I need to do to test them , I normaly take two table spoons of sugar and about 10min I feel ok again , but then when I get home at about 4:45 I have to have something I get these terrible cravings for bread with jam or cheese and more cheese or any type of sweets , can u plse show me in the right direction , thank you so much and o yes merry christmas
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Mimi
From what you describe I would reckon that you do suffer from low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia. Ask your gp to do the necessary tests (extended glucose tolerance test) and also to check your insulin levels. If you do have hypoglycaemia, it is important that you eat a diet with a low glycaemic index (GI), not skip meals, and also always have a substantial snack (cheese or peanut butter, wholewheat bread or crackers, dried fruit and nuts, etc) at about 3:30 in the afternoon to prevent this dip in blood sugar. It may be a good idea to consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area), so that he/she can work out a diet with a low GI for you. In the meanwhile, click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI. Regular exercise such as going for brisk walks every day can also help to improve your glucose and insulin levels.
Best regards
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