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How Does Candida Cause Hypoglycemia?

Cynthia, Just wondering what your opinion is on something I’ve experienced lately…

I’ve been really going hard lately with antifungals and limiting my carb intake and have noticed lately feeling a bit dizzy and hypoglycemic (a bit weak and “fluttery” inside). This is happening a few times a week.

Is it possible that candida can emulate hypoglycemia? Kind of in an attempt to make you eat more carbs and in turn, feed it? I know how clever it is at mutating and appearing as different disorders etc…so I thought this might be possible.

I’ve read candida can cause hypoglycemia…and I guess I just don’t really understand why that happens and hope you can shed some light.

thanks!

Keri

Hi Keri,

Well there are a couple of possibilities for what you are experiencing and more than likely it is a combination of each of them. When you are aggressive in reducing yeast overgrowth, such as you described, then there is usually quite a bit of die off. If you’re not familiar with die off, it is toxins released as the Candida is killed. If too much is killed at one time it can overload the body with toxins and result in a variety of symptoms and being weak and fluttery inside could be some of them.

On the other hand, being weak and fluttery is also a common hypoglycemia symptom. Since you say you have recently started limiting your carb intake, then your body is probably trying reestablish balance. If you were eating carbs on a frequent basis, then your body was dependent on them for functioning. So you may actually be experiencing some withdrawal, which could be exhibited in feeling weak and fluttery. If that is the case, you will probably begin to feel better in a week or two as your body learns how to run off of protein again.

I have never thought about the possibility of Candida emulating hypoglycemia in an attempt to trick us into eating carbs. I doubt that is the case, but it is true that Candida is an extremely cunning and resilient organism and I would never put anything past it. I never cease to be amazed by its complexity, tenacity and trickery.

However, there are a variety of ways that Candida impacts blood sugar, but without getting too technical it basically boils down to this. It disrupts organs, systems and hormones, like the pancreas, thyroid, liver, adrenal glands, insulin levels and cortisol, which then disrupts the way the body processes glucose.

Additionally, Candida feeds on your glucose, which then brings your blood sugar crashing down. It also causes nutritional deficiencies and if certain nutrients are not provided in the body in adequate levels, this contributes to hypoglycemia. Most people with Candida have weak adrenals or adrenal fatigue and adrenals that are not functioning properly is a major contributor to hypoglycemia.

A vicious cycle usually ensues because when blood sugar levels start to be unstable then people often reach for “quick fixes” like sugar, carbs, caffeine, nicotine etc. ,which gives them relief temporarily, but damages the body even more and perpetuates the cycle of hypoglycemia and yeast overgrowth.

Meat protein and non-starchy vegetables are the best foods for keeping the blood sugar stable, as well as nourishing the adrenal glands and discouraging Candida overgrowth. Many people find it helpful when they first start giving up all the carbs to eat 5 or 6 small meals a day instead of 3 to maintain blood sugar stability. I recommend a slightly modified version of the Paleolithic diet. Some people find supplementing the diet with chromium and l-glutamine also aids in blood sugar balance.

Another important point to be aware of — once someone starts the Candida Diet and reduces sugar and carb intake, then other health problems you had but were not aware of will become more apparent. For example, hypoglycemia may not have been obvious to you because as long as you consistently fed the yeast and kept the blood sugar levels up high you didn’t notice it.

In another example, as long as you kept the body pumped with carbs, sugar, caffeine etc., then adrenal burnout or fatigue is not apparent, but once you stop giving your body the artificial substances that were keeping it running then you see what is really going on with your body. It seems like new problems are developing, but that isn’t the case. You are uncovering problems you didn’t know were there.

Best Regards
Cynthia

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  • Judy April 10, 2012, 9:30 pm

    omgosh… this is what’s happening to me!! I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago with a candida overgrowth, Dr put me on Nystatin, which worked for about a month then the candida mutated and it was worse than when first diagnosed… so I’ve been battling it on my own – trying to at least.. A year ago, I started getting these horrible heart palpitations and high heart rate, thought it was a gluten intolerance… so I cut out the gluten – the only carbs I eat now are red potatoes and brown rice pasta. Otherwise, it’s all meat and veggies and cheese… Fast forward a year… I’m now showing signs of hypoglycemia and adrenal fatigue with HORRIBLE episodes within an hour after I eat…my heart rate goes as high as 120 at times – it’s so frightening!! I feel like I’m dying…

    The doctor who diagnosed me with candida, is gone now – moved away… and has been replaced with a doctor that doesnt recognize candida or adrenal fatigue… and thinks my low blood sugar is “great”

    I wanna cry….

  • JJ April 22, 2012, 9:05 pm

    Hi Cynthia,
    Another candida sufferer here with hypoglycemia (HG)… I read your response to Keri with interest. In particular, I have been very frustrated by the HG, because it has prevented me from cutting down on the animal protein in my diet, which I would like to do to alkalinize, as well as for ecological and ethical reasons. (I have to eat meat 3-4x/day- which I know isn’t good longterm.)
    You mentioned that “if certain nutrients are not provided in the body in adequate levels, this contributes to hypoglycemia.” What are these nutrients?
    Also,you mentioned that most people with Candida have weak adrenals or adrenal fatigue and this is a major contributor to hypoglycemia. I’ve been taking isocort for years now, and recently restarted vitamin c in relatively high doses. Is there anything else you would recommend, to support the adrenals?
    Last question: I’m confused by the contradictory dietary advice about treating HG- some say quit protein and do a high carb diet, some say do a high protein diet. Any thoughts on this, or how to go from one to the other? (I have been unable to make the switch from high to low protein without disastrous HG consequences.)
    Thanks!

  • Admin - Cynthia Perkins April 24, 2012, 3:58 pm

    Hi JJ,

    Cutting down on animal protein is the worse thing you could do for yourself, not only in regard to Candida, but for you health in general. It is a lie that meat is not good for you. Meat is the most important component of the diet. I encourage you to read the following pages to understand this aspect more thoroughly.

    The Whole Grain Lie
    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/the-whole-grain-lie/

    What to Eat for Breakfast on Candida Diet
    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/what-do-i-eat-for-breakfast-on-the-candida-diet/

    Does Red Meat Cause Disease
    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/does-eating-red-meat-really-cause-cardiovascular-disease-cancer-and-premature-death/

    Excess Carbohydrates
    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/it%E2%80%99s-excess-carbohydrates-that-will-kill-you-not-red-meat-and-fat/

    Good Carbs Bad Carbs
    http://www.holistichelp.net/good-carbs-bad-carbs.html

    Why The Kind Diet is not Healthy
    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/why-alicia-silverstones-the-kind-diet-is-not-healthy/

    Which Diet is Best for You
    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/which-diet-is-best-for-you/

    Candida Diet and Vegetarians
    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/candida-diet-and-vegetarians/

    Vegetarian Candida Dilemma
    http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/the-vegetarian-and-candida-diet-dilemma/

    You can find the answer to the nutrients needed for hypoglycemia on the following page

    http://www.holistichelp.net/hypoglycemia.html

    You can find more information on adrenal fatigue on the following pages

    http://www.holistichelp.net/adrenal-fatigue.html

    http://www.holistichelp.net/adrenal-recovery-basics.html

    The best diet at all times is always high in protein. Should also read the following page

    http://www.holistichelp.net/paleolithic-diet.html

    Best
    Cynthia

  • Admin - Cynthia Perkins April 24, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Hi Judy,

    You need to read all the pages I listed for JJ in the comment to her. Got to get rid of the rice and potatoes and address candida comprehensively.

    Best
    Cynthia

  • Joel Babcock March 11, 2018, 10:53 pm

    Wow, I am so glad I found this information. I have been suffering for a years with this unknown issue of symptoms of Hypoglycemia but all my tests were fine. Then I thought what it was Gluten. These blood sugar drops have put me in some bad situations. I experienced a lot of anxiety with now knowing when my blood sugar might drop again.

    I only heard of Candida a few days ago. The changes I need to make are a little overwhelming, but I am ready to start.

    My question, does outside temperature effect Candida? I live in the South. A hot summer day with the humidity that GA can get will really effect my blood sugar as far as I can tell.

    I am so glad to have found some answers and have direction to go. Thank you everyone.

  • Admin - Cynthia Perkins March 16, 2018, 6:24 pm

    Hi Joel,
    Yes humidity could have that effect. Humidity makes Candida levels elevate.

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