Can frequent periods of low blood sugar be a precursor to diabetes? I know that diabetes is actually high blood sugar.
I am obese with polycystic ovarian syndrome (which people say predisposes one to diabetes) and a family history of diabetes. If I don't eat for a certain amount of time (sometimes as little as 4 hours if I don't have a big meal), my blood sugar will drop... I get irritable, shaky, and nauseated. Eating solves the problem but since it takes about 20 minutes for the sugar in the food to hit my bloodstream, for those 20 minutes I feel like eating everything in sight. (This doesn't happen that often - I'm not a binge eater.)
It doesn't make sense to me that I am prone to diabetes but I experience the opposite so easily. My fasting blood sugar is always in the normal range, and when I had it tested last year, my cholesterol was actually slightly low. I've never had a glucose tolerance test and I currently don't have health insurance, so I'm nervous about being diagnosed with something that will prevent me from getting insurance later on.
I did read this thread
but it doesn't indicate if hypoglycemia could be a precursor to diabetes.
Also, after reading in a previous thread about Emetrol
, I'd like to try it for the nausea I experience when I have a migraine. Given that the ingredients are Dextrose and Fructose (Levulose) and the warning says "This product contains sugar and should not be taken by diabetics except under the advice and supervision of a physician,"
would it be harmful for me to take it since I am only predisposed to diabetes? Would it be okay to take it when I am feeling a low blood sugar attack along with eating food as soon as possible?
I know YANMD.