I'm not sure who I can turn to but I hope you all can help me. I don't have Diabetes but I have hypoglycemia. I've heard the diet should be similar for both conditions. However, I'm not sure what type of diet to follow, since a lot of information I've read seems to be geared towards a Western palate. Or where I could find a dietician who is familiar with Asian culture, since asian cuisine (particular Chinese and Vietnamese) form a large portion of what I eat.
If you all don't mind, I do have one more question. I have trouble sleeping since I've heard of my condition (a few days) and I'm not sure how to calm myself down, constantly worrying. I"m more restless at night than day. Do you all have any advice on how to relax?
Thank you so much for reading my message and I appreciate any help.
You should get a diagnosis first to see if this is reactive hypoglycemia or hypoglycemia unawareness. For hypoglycemia, it is recommended that the diet be low in simple sugars with more whole grains and high fiber carbs along with a good proportion of protein and fats. It is important to meet with a dietitian to learn basic nutrition concepts and work together to come up with an individualized meal plan.
If you are in the Boston area and would like to be seen by a Registered Dietitian familiar with the Asian foods and culture, please call the Joslin Asian Clinic at 617-732-2606. You can learn more about the Asian Clinic at http://aadi.joslin.org/content/asian-clinic
We will continue to update our website www.aadi.joslin.org with more educational materials and resources, including a list of Asian foods. Please visit our site periodically for the latest updates.
In regard to your anxiety and restlessness, it is best to speak to your primary care doctor.
William Hsu, M.D.
Sophia Cheung, R.D., CDE