Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Will Snacking Hurt My Blood Sugar?

Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 05:47 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: What kinds of snack foods do you recommend for a person with hypoglycemia?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Hypoglycemia is usually related to an over-vigorous response of insulin secretion, and is often an early warning of pre-diabetes. I recommend a diet free of simple or refined carbohydrates (free sugars), and emphasize complex carbohydrates with a high fiber, moderate protein intake.
 
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Also eating smaller and more frequent meals is a good idea if dietary changes alone are insufficient. You should always report this condition to your doctor, as other conditions (some serious) can also occur with hypoglycemia. For example, patients with pancreatic tumors may have recurrent hypoglycemia and may require surgery. 

Other endocrine disorders can cause recurrent hypoglycemia, some of which require immediate attention — such as Addison's disease (a deficiency of cortisone) that afflicted President John F. Kennedy.
 
I’d avoid typical snack foods, and prefer you have vegetables such as carrot instead. You should also avoid fast food or snacks loaded with sugars like fructose.

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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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