Six meals a day

by Suw on June 10, 2004

Ok, so this post feels a bit odd for me, a bit too confessional, but I'm gonna go all counter-intuitive and post anyway. I figure that if it's of no interest, you'll just skip it.
A couple of months ago I fainted. On what was, I guess, a date. A first date at that. Luckily it didn't affect my getting a second date, but it's a far from ideal way to get to know someone.
Shortly after that, my acupuncturist told me that he thought I might have hypoglycemia. Being a hypochondriaphobic (yes, I made that word up – means someone who's scared of being a hypochondriac) who doesn't like doctors, I tried pretty much ignored it on the assumption that it would go away.
Well, I almost ignored it. I started looking it up online, and discovered that quite a few medical types don't seem to believe in hypoglycemia if you're not a diabetic too (I'm not), and that it can be hard to clinically diagnose. I dismissed it again.
It has, however, become harder and harder to ignore. Obviously when I'm at home, sitting quietly in front of my computer and eating regularly, it's not that much of a problem. But the last six weeks or so I've been up to London a lot, and frequently my eating pattern would get badly disrupted and I'd get that telltale woozy feeling again.
I hate going to the doctors, though, and I was tempted to just pretend it wasn't happening, but two conversations persuaded me not to: One with a friend who is also hypoglycemic and who has identical symptoms to me, and another with a friend who's diabetic and kindly gave me chapter and verse on blood glucose levels and what they do to you. Suddenly, I had a checklist as long as your arm of relevant symptoms, and a far better understanding of what happens to me when my blood sugar levels go all haywire.
I don't much like self-diagnosis. Give some people Gray's Anatomy and they'll have killed themselves off within seconds. That's the problem with online health websites too – it's like hypochondriac’s nirvana. I suppose that's why I feel a bit odd about this post. Too much self-diagnosis.
But I am biting the bullet and Monday morning at 9.50am I shall be off to the quack and will see what he says. I suppose it could all be something else, but I seriously doubt it – the weight of evidence is stacked pretty high. To be honest, I shall be glad if he agrees with me because it will be a relatively simple (if not easy) job to alter my diet to sort out the problem. I have already started eating six small meals a day instead of the usual three. I'll let you know how it all goes.
Anyway, apologies to the people whose ears I have bent about this subject over recent weeks. I tend to use conversations (not to mention this blog) to work out how I feel about something, which is all well and good for me, but can get tedious for other people. And to anyone who's had to deal with my early-morning woozily incoherent self, thank you for your patience.
Meantime, if anyone has any useful links, please do leave them in the comments.

Anonymous June 11, 2004 at 12:43 pm

good, go to the doctor, it is the wise thing to do.

Anonymous June 11, 2004 at 3:08 pm

Definitely wise to see the quack… Or just get a Snickers or something. 🙂
From experience with mild hypoglycemia (both my wife and I), I don't know what you'll be able to find out on your visit. Eating at proper times seems to be the best bet.

Anonymous June 11, 2004 at 5:59 pm

As it happens, I've long since been in the habit of carrying 'emergency food' around with me. Hadn't realised why I did that, other than that sometimes I felt weak and faint, and I knew eating would help.
I'm not expecting huge amount from the quack. A simple confirmation will do me for the moment. I have long since lost my faith in the medical profession so I don't expect any actual help.
Second day of the six meal thing, and it's harder than I expected. I keep forgetting to eat, or not eating enough, and seem to be permanently hungry. Ah, I'll get used to it in due course, no doubt.

Anonymous June 11, 2004 at 8:16 pm

I can relate I have had a minor tremors since my late teens and really need to have it checked out. I have done the background research and fairly sure I know what it is (and that it's mostly harmless), but I need to have it checked professionally.

Anonymous June 11, 2004 at 8:47 pm


Anonymous June 11, 2004 at 9:52 pm

Get it checked out! Hell, if I can haul my arse to the quack's, so can you. 😉 Let me know how it goes, though.

Anonymous June 11, 2004 at 9:53 pm


Anonymous June 15, 2004 at 5:02 pm

My mom had to live with this (still does actually), and its not that she eats six times a day, but rather has little cans of juice and small snacks stuck around everywhere (back porch, in the car, etc.) Lots of small meals are actually supposed to be healthier than a few large ones anyways.
Good luck in keeping it under control.

Anonymous January 18, 2007 at 8:10 pm

Hypoglycemic Nutrition Rx™ is a supplement specifically formulated by Progressive Research Labs for hypoglycemics. You can read more about it at or call (800) 877-0966. Also, they have other products such as Diabetic Meal Rx. I was informed that Diabetic Meal Rx is also a good product for hypoglycemics.

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