Interesting. I have (diagnosed) reactive hypoglycemia & was considered 'gifted' growing up. DS is showing signs of both giftedness & hypoglycemia. I never thought of the two issues as being related though!
Originally Posted by A-time-to-live
Can someone post a link to more info on reactive hypoglycemia? I'm wondering if this is what we've been struggling with. DD seems to have issues if she doesn't eat every 1.5-2 hours and everytime she eats a source of protein must be included. For some reason daycare can't seem to get this. The other day they did actually give her most of the food that I sent but when I picked her up they were feeding her pretzels. (They are not supposed to give her any food other than what I send.) I occasionally give her pretzels but they are always no salt 100% whole grain. She ended up melting down similar to the way she would if not given protein with a meal - even though she had also eaten the snack I provided. I've been wondering if the refined pretzels with salt could have contributed. Any thoughts?
I know - totally not a gifted story/question - sorry. It just seemed to fit the thread maybe?
Refined carbs definitely affect blood sugar, I cannot eat any white bread, white rice, white sugar, etc. I think salt can have some affect as well (probably less pronounced?) but I haven't researched it thoroughly because I hate salt anyway lol.
You can google for a quick description (sorry, I don't have a great link handy!) but the 'treatment' is basically frequent, balanced mini-meals -- eat every 2-3 hours, make sure each meal includes protein & fiber, avoid caffeine & alcohol, limit sugar, and avoid having very large meals. Obviously these things are pretty healthy ideas anyway so it really can't hurt to follow them in absence of an 'official' diagnosis. The only time I've found a diagnosed note to be helpful is settings where you normally can't eat (so I had to get special permission to eat during SATs, or during class in high school, which absurdly involved missing part of class to eat in the nurse's office since you can't eat in the classrooms