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Posted by: Connect, Monday, August 3, 2009, 10:11pm
I am blood type A secretor and my naturopath recently told me that she thinks I'm having trouble with hypoglycemia. This is based on LDH levels, as well as symptoms I've had over several years. (For example: inability to lose weight, crashing after workouts, etc...) I am trying to understand the mechanisms of hypoglycemia. I know that running and lifting weights aren't the optimal exercises for Type A's but I enjoy them and don't overdo it. However, I have noticed that I actually seem to LOSE weight when I STOP exercising.

Is it possible that my workouts are dropping my blood sugar so low that they are actually working against me? Is it possible for a workout to trigger an insulin response? I workout first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and typically have a protein shake following my workouts.

I know that insulin works as a fat storage hormone and high levels of it aren't good. Any help would be appreciated.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, August 3, 2009, 11:49pm; Reply: 1
look into more calming and cortisol lowering activities as well.
alternate nostril breathing comes to mind
Posted by: geminisue, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 12:11am; Reply: 2
Have you been tested to see if you are a diabetic?  Are you trying to keep your carbs so low through the evening that the bottom may be dropping out by morning without you eating before a workout? (If you are feeling clammy, anxious, tingling, confused, you are probably too low) and need 4-8 ounces immediately, as you may be close to passing out)  this is nothing to play with, it can be deadly!  

Do you know anyone with a meter, they would probably be willing to check you and can probably tell you what is going on at that moment or any moment you choose, just so you know (just make sure you see them change the needle, before testing you)

I am a diabetic.
Posted by: Chandon, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 3:12am; Reply: 3
I am noticing less hypoglyemia the longer I'm on the diet. I find that exercise can make me quite hungry and if I don't eat enough to fuel my body, I can become hypoglyemic. I take a tai chi class at night and if I don't eat enough before bed, I sometimes get so hungry I have to get up and eat more to go to sleep. My stomach will really tell me. Since sleep is a time for recover and rebuilding, the worst thing to do is to go to bed hungry.

Perhaps have some food before and some after the workout and begin to adjust the quantity so you are eating enough. You may be restricting calories too much.

Maybe you should figure out your genotype and you can get a better idea of whether you are getting the type and quantity of protein you need.

Maybe have some yogurt when you have hypoglycemia, plus maybe nuts and fruit. Some people say milk is the perfect food for getting your blood sugar back up because it has protein. So the yogurt would be helpful. But when you have hypoglycemia be sure to eat enough to bring your blood sugar back up quickly or it could be prolonged.
Posted by: Connect, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 12:41pm; Reply: 4
It seems like I remember Dr. D saying something about Type As eating a little something before they workout to help with cortisol levels or blood sugar or something along those lines. I can't remember. Does this ring a bell to anyone?
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 1:01pm; Reply: 5
Hi Connect,

For A's, intense exercise causes us more stress then taking it away. If the body is under more stress, then you won't lose weight. The reasoning behind true for A's but you can't use a pill for that. I tried it years ago before I came here and it just made me sleepy. I couldn't function on it.   So, Dr. D suggests Yoga, Pilates, walking, riding..gentle exercise. He does suggest resistance training for us also..  I like to practice Chi gong, tai chi beause I keep over extending my joints when I practice yoga and I've gotten hurt. But that's just me. Not all A's have hyper extending joints.  :)
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 1:20pm; Reply: 6
especially for us, the nonnies it is important to keep our bloodsugar ok ;) :D ;D..... btw...Louise Hay has some fine explanations herefor too ;)  :o :B ;D ;D.....
Posted by: Ribbit, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 2:52pm; Reply: 7
I used to feel rotten after exercise and it would take a long time to get my blood sugar straightened out.  I don't "go exercise" now.  I garden or walk or do yard work.....and it's enough exercise for me.
Posted by: Plucky, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 3:23pm; Reply: 8
Hunters are supposed to do vigorous exercise to deal with stress.  I'm not an exerciser, unless it's walking with a friend or listenening to music....I just don't enjoy it.  When I'm feeling stressed or angry I thoroughly and vigorously clean house or pull weeds.  The weed pulling is especially effective at reducing stress if I'm mad at's like popping of their heads.   ;D
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 5:58pm; Reply: 9
Weight loss when you stop lifting weights could be due to loss of muscle mass.  I get that, too.
Posted by: Gale D., Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 6:10pm; Reply: 10
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I keep over extending my joints when I practice yoga and I've gotten hurt. Not all A's have hyper extending joints.

I am an A and also have overextended joints - some of the Yoga exercises gave me a lot of pain in my elbows, so I stopped doing those and continued with the rest of the routine.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 11:02pm; Reply: 11
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The Individualized Plan for Preventing and Treating Diabetes (Type I, Type II) and Pre-Diabetes- Including Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Posted by: DoS, Thursday, August 6, 2009, 2:45am; Reply: 12
I come from a tall Teacher father. I think I might be a little different than some Teachers. I enjoy when I get my heart rate up high sometimes like when running or biking. There is just something good about pushing yourself with your heart rate real high. I do not like sprinting exercises though.

I love the way modern, intense, dance feels (it is more like intense yoga, not sprinting).

I do enjoy yoga and stuff but... man I like to be alive!

With the wrong diet I do believe it puts me under too much stress and I do not lose weight. I am not sure exercising makes me lose weight at all actually (well except muscle).

However when I crash it is a nightmare. I also hate when I can not eat enough to feel good again after prolonged exercise. That problem should be overcome now though with my changes to diet, as in I got the ability to absorb food the right way now and it is getting better.
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