The inadvertent ending to my hypoglycemia

I had this for years without knowing what it was. At its worst, I had to eat every 45 minutes or my brain would do that revving/screaming/wheels spinning thing (silently, I mean; I’m pretty sure no one else could hear it). If I drank fruit juice alone without food, I’d get woozy and almost pass out. Long periods without eating would leave me shaking and practically comatose. However, when my doctor tested me for it with blood tests and an oral glucose tolerance test, they came back negative.

All this resolved after I started taking magnesium and biotin. I don’t remember how much magnesium I had been on — 500 mg/day? — but when I added 2,000 mcg of biotin, after a few weeks I could go for eight hours without food without crashing, although I can’t guarantee I wasn’t surly and irritable.

This was actually an accidental discovery. I was taking the biotin and magnesium in an attempt to stop the hair loss, which it did, although the lost hair did not grow back in. The evened-out blood sugar was a pleasant byproduct of the experiment.

5 thoughts on “The inadvertent ending to my hypoglycemia

  1. In

    I had hair loss related to hypoglycemia-when I crash my hair sheds. Currently taking myrrh gum for other reasons and noticed after about two months hundreds of new hair strands everywhere and especially around my frontal hairline.
    I hear myrrh can improve thyroid production. Perhaps there is a connection there.

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    1. Marjorie Post author

      I took 1,000 – 5,000 mcg of it for a couple of years (I think) and then stopped, and have not had blood sugar problems since. I don’t know if it’s necessary to take as much as I did or for as long a period, because later I was taking it to deal with dry eyes. It took care of the hypoglycemia fairly quickly. I don’t remember it doing anything for sleep. My eating habits are still anti-hypo, though, since I was so used to it — e.g. combining fruit or starches with protein, avoiding lots of fruit juice, etc.

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