Yesterday I drank one of those Boost nutrition shakes, not realizing they have almost as much sugar in them as a can of soda. I have hypoglycemic-type reactions whenever I have a bunch of sugar, but my glucometer always reads normal. This was always puzzling to me, until I did some research online.
Apparently, there is something called Adrenergic Postprandial Syndrome. It’s a Pseudo-hypoglycemia of sorts. Although it’s existence is disputed by doctors, it’s something I believe to be possible.
From my understanding, it’s when your body thinks it’s about to go into a hypoglycemic state, so to counteract the low blood sugar, it releases a bunch of adrenaline, thus producing symptoms of low blood sugar without actually having low blood sugar. I experience rapid pounding heart rate, shakiness, confusion and focus issues, fatigue, and nausea. Sounds like low blood sugar. Also sounds like an Adrenaline rush. I was completely exhausted when it was all over.
I’ve been having these episodes since I was about 4-5 years old. My mom and I would call it “the shaky thing.” I got tested for epilepsy when I was little. I had a few years where I didn’t really deal with it, but it’s come back now. I start eating, and halfway through the meal I suddenly get nauseous. Then I shake. When it’s done, I sleep. I don’t really recall what foods were a trigger for me when I was little, but now it seems to be anything processed with a lot of sugar.