Tough Stuff

I have hypoglycemia!

My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me. Now I have hypoglycemia, which requires me to eat 5 meals a day instead of three.
The amount that I eat affects my mood, and whenever I'm in a bad mood my mom tells me to eat more, but I am already overweight! I am at a very high risk for diabetes, and eating more will make it even riskier. I do not want to disobey my mom, but I want to do what's right for my body.

Hey girly,

On the one hand, you want to do what your mother says, but on the other hand, your health is also very important. It is possible to have the best of both worlds here. But first, you’ll have to enlist some outside help from your doctor.

Call the doc
For the best health advice, it’s definitely a good idea for you to call your doctor. He or she can tell you how much food you should eat and when. You could ask your doctor about a personalized fitness plan as well to help you, too. And your doctor will also be able to talk to your mom and tell her what you should do. When you’re home, your mom will be able to keep you on track.

Make a plan
Even though your medical condition requires you to eat five meals a day, it shouldn’t affect your weight if you choose to eat healthy foods. Most nutritionists even recommend people who don’t have hypoglycemia to eat five, small and healthful portions a day. People with hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, need food and drinks with sugar with them in case of emergency. So instead of munching on unhealthy sweets like ice cream or candy, keep a stash of healthy options, like raisins, fruit and juice with you at all times.

Motherly love
At the end of the day, your mom has your best interest (and health) at heart. Let her know you appreciate her concern about your health. Hopefully, the two of you will be able to work together with your doctor to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle plan that will make you feel fantabulous! Best of luck, hon.

Lots of love,

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4/20/2010 2:20:00 PM