Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
May 12, 2002
Alternative Therapies and Explanations
Question from Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
I am 37 years old, and have had hypoglycemia for two years, currently controlled by diet alone, and recently I have been experiencing symptoms (sweating, becoming extremely cold, having joint pains and swelling in my hands and feet). I feel my blood sugar levels are getting unpredictable and what normally would bring me back to feeling normal isn't working. My doctor has suggested taking chromium. At what point does hypoglycemia become type 1 diabetes? Do you have any information on chromium as helping blood sugar levels in hypoglycemia?
I have no good information that chromium prevents diabetes. First, I would suggest reviewing your diet and activity with your physician and see if any problems can be uncovered. Are you sure the symptoms are all from hypoglycemia? Is there another rheumatologic problem to explain the association with the joint symptoms? This is not straightforward. I would suggest seeing your physician.