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hypoglycemia and hot flashes
Posted by: Evelyn
Date: September 2, 2006 12:23 AM

I believe that my problem is hypoglycemia. Significant symptoms started about 8 or 9 years ago. I thought I was just going through menopause with the hot flashes and thought time and some supplements would handle the problem. It helped some but ultimatly did not. I still have hot flashes, night sweats, waking during the night sometimes with the sweats and sometimes frontal mild headaches. I hope my symptoms point clearly to some obtainable solution. I am tired of losing so much water and energy, feeling a bit irritable during the sweats and getting the feeling of tiny pins sticking me in various places on the skin surface. Sometimes they come as fast as 15 to 20 mins apart, other times hours apart. Often the flashes are intense and cause fatigue during the 5 minutes event. I have begun a 75% raw food diet which I begun about 3 weeks ago. I am self-employed in a family business so there is a bit of stress. Also, I am trying to eat berries, young coconuts, veggie fruits, greens, salads, nuts to lower the sugar intake. No matter what I have done, the situation has remained. Help!

RE: hypoglycemia and hot flashes
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: September 3, 2006 2:21 PM

If hypoglycemia is a cause of hot flashes, it would involve hyperinsulinemia which is a common condition in adult onset diabetes. If that is the case, while hot flashes are uncomfortable, the threat to your long-term health would be diabetes and correction of that problem, if done by the most natural means possible, would have the best chance of reducing hot flashes by reducing excess insulin production. Go to Library Articles and read up on Diabetes. The other common cause of hot flashes is hormone imbalance. The tiny electrolyte pumps on the surface of cells is affected by the estrogens and progesterone and when not in balance sudden floods of electrolytes (mainly magnesium) occur across cell membranes suddenly stimulating metabolism and causing the heat interpreted as a hot flash. For many women the solution is hormone therapy, and the best approach, in my opinion, is orthomolecular hormone therapy. You can also find Hormone Therapy under Library Articles.



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