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Re: Sugar question
May 4, 2005
from what i understand about sugar's effect on the body and acne, it's the effect on the androgen hormones that makes it bad, as the androgens are the primary hormones responsible for acne. i got a whole list from my doc of what foods not to eat and what to eat in moderation and man! what a list! i cannot possibly stick to a diet as strict as that.

as far as diet goes, find postings by sweetjade, she's got all this stuff researched very thoroughly, and got the diet down. no dairy, no white sugar, no white flour, no gluten, no meat, there are a lot of no's, but it seems to work, and there are people all over this board who swear by it. accutane is what worked for me! haha!
Re: Sugar question
May 4, 2005
[QUOTE=arock]as far as diet goes, find postings by sweetjade, she's got all this stuff researched very thoroughly, and got the diet down. no dairy, no white sugar, no white flour, no gluten, no meat, there are a lot of no's, but it seems to work, and there are people all over this board who swear by it. accutane is what worked for me! haha![/QUOTE]

I am not looking for diet advice. I don't believe I said anything that implied that I was. I already have QUITE enough diet restictions being hypoglycemic and gluten intolerant.
Re: Sugar question
May 13, 2005
[QUOTE=Crossbow]I am not looking for diet advice. I don't believe I said anything that implied that I was. I already have QUITE enough diet restictions being hypoglycemic and gluten intolerant.[/QUOTE]

I know that gluten intolerance is linked to a variety of other health problems and autoimmune disorders two of which are both Type I Diabetes and Type II Diabetes. So I'm wondering, because of your hypoglycemica, if you have been diagnosed as a diabetic and, if so, which one. Also, do you know if your hypoglycemia is a result of your pancreas not releasing enough glucagon or is it due to your pancreas releasing too much insulin (tumor?)? Or is it due to your not producing enough cortisol?

The reason I want to know is because, well it relates to your initial question. Too much sugar isn't usually a problem, but [B]if a person doesn't have the capabilites for handling too much sugar or a "normal" amount [/B] such as some form of Candida/systemic yeast infection, Fructose Intolerance, or Glucose Intolerance (insulin resistance or diabetes) [B]then it becomes a problem[/B]. Type II Diabetes is usually associated with being Reactive Hypoglycemic, but if you are a Type I Diabetic due to taking too much insulin you can also become hypoglycemic. Therefore if you are hypoglycemic due to too much inuslin in your blood (released due to the [U]initial[/U] presence of a high amount of sugar or a tumor), then this is why certain members of us follow these diets. In particular, at the very least, we usually follow a diet that reduces/eliminates trans fat, animal saturated fat (I eat most meats), added sugar, and simple carbohydrate consumption.

Now, Insulin is a hormone and in generally it has a HUGE affect on the other steriod hormones we produce, most of which are associated with acne production. Insulin also affects our growth hormones and inflammatory products that we produce which also play a role in acne production as well as other "preventable" disease. Thus how and why we follow the diets that we do. If this didn't affect my skin but made me overweight instead, I may be less strict, but because I have a very good indicator of when I'm doing something my body doesn't like (cramps, acne, enlarged pores, hirstuism), I can't afford to be less strict nor frequently cheat on my diet.

Furthermore, getting back to possible reasons, if you are experiencing Fasting Hypoglycemia, this can be due to adrenal issues (lack of cortisol or epinephrine), pitutuary issues (lack of growth hormone) or due to a lack of glucagon being released from the pancreas (which can be a result of adrenal issues). All of these are involved with increasing blood sugar levels as well as sometimes increasing our inflammatory products, directly or indirectly, by increasing our fatty acids in the blood. Since cortisol and epinephrine are stress hormones and you said stress makes your acne worse, perhaps you are defficient in this area??? Also, with the lack of growth hormones, such as IGF-1 perhaps, since this is used to bind Insulin and reduce its levels in the blood, I know this is associated with gluten intolerance. However once that situation has been properly treated levels of growth hormones should increase.

As for the adrenal issues, well again this is another way that some members develop acne. Lack of cortisol can be due to a variety of hormonal disorders such as NCCAH or LOCAH (late onset congenital adrenal hyperplasia) or Addision's Disease (Hypocortisolism) and as a result of this, just as in the case of Insulin Resistance (where the body keeps producing MORE insulin to lower the blood sugar and can possibly make you hypoglycemic and also raise steriod hormones, etc) the body tries to produce MORE cortisol and ends up producing too much of the other steriod hormones as a result of this. Once the body has recieved sufficient amounts of cortisol, the other amounts of steriod hormones are once again balanced. Sometimes this can be corrected through diet, and other times it requires the use of a glucocorticoid such as Predinsone/Deltasone or Dexamethasone/Dexasone (too much can cause the oppoisite problem and a leaky gut). Thankfully though, some people are fortunate enough that after taking these for 1 - 2 years their body normalizes cortisol production and they can ween themselves off. Of course, this treats your acne by providing the amounts of cortisol neccessary to balance out your steriod hormones production (such as DHEA an adrenal androgen) and several members on this board have used these drugs (or adrenal boosting supplements) successfully, even when they weren't dx with an adrenal problem.

Also, because you aren't looking for diet advice, I was wondering if based on why you are hypoglycemic and the type (reactive of fasting) if your doctor or endocrinologist has discussed with you medication options that may help balance your blood sugar. Aside from the previously mentioned medications, if your hypoglycemia is due to producing too much insulin, another drug I'm thinking of is called Metaformin/Glucophage and it's job is to prevent the amount of insulin your pancreas releases, thus it will help stabalize your blood sugar and counteract Insulin Resistance issues. This one made myself and some others sick, but works wonders for others. There's also newer versions of Metaformin (ER & XR) that are supposed to prevent any feelings of sickness. Of course if this is your problem, it may very well help you get rid of the rest of your acne, because you won't be releasing as much insulin.

Eitherway, at least you know that there are several health and/or hormonal disorders that can be causing your hypoglycemia. Now you can take this information to your doctor, or better yet an endcrinologist, and ask them to test you for various hormones, enzymes, & growth factors or to see if you have a tumor in order to determine the cause and type of hypoglycemia that you have. If that doesnt encourage them to further test you, then you can let them know that [B]you are aware of several health and hormonal disorders that just happen to have acne as a sign or symptom (since you still show signs of acne) that can cause hypoglcemia and you would like to know what you may have in order to treat your condition properly and thus eliminate your acne[/B]. Oh and while I know you don't like hearing the word diet, I am curious as to what foods your doctor advised you to avoid that you found too restrictive, mind sharing?

Thanks and best wishes





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