What's The Connection?

Some of you may be wondering why I've listed a hypoglycemia diet as one of the best diets for fibromyalgia. Research has suggested that a large percentage of people with fibromyalgia are prone to being either carbohydrate intolerant or hypoglycemic. This condition can be debilitating in its own right, but combined with the aches and pains of fibromyalgia, it can be a vicious combination.

The first time I heard of the fibromyalgia hypoglycemia connection was when I read Dr Paul St Amands book, "What your doctor may not tell you about fibromyalgia".

I was amazed to hear that 40% of his women and 20% of his male patients were what he calls fibroglycemics. They not only suffer with fibromyalgia, but also with hypoglycemia or carbohydrate intolerance. So even when they were able to reduce their aches and pains by using the guaifenesin protocol, they were still suffering from many symptoms associated with hypoglycemia.

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Dr St Amand and other specialists that follow his research conclude that when the muscle tissues are overworked by constant spasm and fatigue, they eventually signal to the brain that they need more energy to recover. This in turn causes sugar and carbohydrate cravings.

This forces these individuals to eat ever increasing amounts of foods to try and increase their energy levels and satisfy these urges. This intake of carbohydrates causes the pancreas to release insulin to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream which then lowers the blood sugar levels.

Unfortunately some people with fibromyalgia have difficulty processing carbohydrates, so they begin this vicious cycle. The insulin released by the pancreas eventually drives the blood sugar down so low that this can cause hunger shakes, flushing or sweating, extreme fatigue, headaches, dizzy spells, impaired memory, and sometimes fainting.

The adrenal glands sense this urgency to maintain balance and release adrenaline which can then cause anxiety, panic attacks, pounding heart, and other miserable symptoms that add to the already relentless pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia.

Not All Are The Same

If you've been able to eliminate most aches and pains by using either the guaifenesin protocol or other treatment options listed on this site, but are still experiencing issues including irritable bowel symptoms, then you may want to consider a hypoglycemia diet.

My mother and I have benefited greatly by reducing our carbohydrate intake and eliminating caffeine all together. In addition, all of our irritable bowel symptoms were completely eliminated when using these two treatment options.

A doctor familiar with Dr St Amands work will be able to solidify a diagnosis, and will be able to give you a diet program that can help you treat this condition as well.

It's important to note that this diet is specifically focused on treating carbohydrate intolerance or hypoglycemia. It has been derived from many years of research and is explained in much more detail in the book. It lists the key foods to avoid and some delicious recipes as well. If you decide to follow other low carbohydrate diets, some are designed for weight loss only so they may contain other ingredients or foods that may not help you relieve your symptoms.

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