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Nov. 1st, 2003 | 10:58 pm
mood: calmcalm

I'm feeling better thanks to a number of supportive comments, especially one by sebab. Also eating dinner helped as well.

Periodically if I haven't eaten properly my emotions collapse until shortly after eating something.

Though since I feel better quite soon after starting to eat perhaps it can't actually be the food? I remember once where I was crying uncontrollably and after two or three bites of cheese I started feeling better. Which seems odd when the food had only been in my stomach for 20 or 30 seconds.

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velcrocat

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from: velcrocat
date: Nov. 1st, 2003 11:35 pm (UTC)
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do you have blood sugar issues? mood can really be affected by low blood sugar.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 1st, 2003 11:39 pm (UTC)
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Maybe. I've never done the 6 hour fasting glucose test.

I've occasionally wondered if I did, though I was doubting it as how could a little bit of food have an impact in 20 seconds?

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velcrocat

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from: velcrocat
date: Nov. 2nd, 2003 12:09 am (UTC)
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well somebody who is out of it/close to unconscious due to low blood sugar will come around just with placing sugar under the tongue. i don't think you have to wait for your food to be in your stomach for it to have an effect on your level of consciousness/mood. after all, digestion starts in the mouth with saliva! i looked this up about saliva...

Saliva initiates starch digestion: in most species, the serous acinar cells secrete an alpha-amylase which can begin to digest dietary starch into maltose. Amylase is not present or present in very small quantities in the saliva of carnivores or cattle.

so... if saliva begins to digest dietary starch into maltose, which is a sugar, than it would make sense that your blood sugar would respond very quickly when you eat something.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 2nd, 2003 01:03 am (UTC)
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interesting... so it's still plausable that I have a poor reaction to low blood sugar...

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Stephanie Wukovitz

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from: sebab
date: Nov. 2nd, 2003 10:52 am (UTC)
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I'm really happy to hear that!

as for the food helping immediately, I'll both second another poster's comment about absorption in the moth and also wonder whether there is a slight psychological effect.

(when treating an insulin reaction, just the very fact of getting to food in time can be so reassuring that I notice a slight improvement in mental clarity and a little less shakiness. maybe the body stops secreting (as much) adreanaline in response to the feeling of reassurance? or maybe it's only an illusion, I dunno)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 2nd, 2003 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Hmm.. I glanced at an abstract suggesting that in addition to the lifestyle risks there's a genetic component to Type 2 diabetes.

Which seems interesting as my mother developed type 2 and I've had some issues with sugar. If I eat food with either too much sugar or has been over processed in some way my tonsils get inflamed. There's also some signs suggesting that I have some tendency toward hypoglycemia.

Maybe there is a physiological component to some of these sudden depressive episodes.

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Nov. 2nd, 2003 12:36 pm (UTC)
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Ask Patrick about me before-eating and after-eating. Totally cranky bitch - reasonable human. Ok, on second thought don't ask him. It's best not to remind him about it.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 2nd, 2003 02:15 pm (UTC)
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How long does it take for you to switch from cranky to reasonable?

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Usqueba

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from: usqueba
date: Nov. 2nd, 2003 03:28 pm (UTC)
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I've never timed it (Patrick?). Soon, though. I'm too busy stuffing my face to talk so that cuts out the cranky part .

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