Dizzy Squats

My blood sugar and pressure drop when I squat.  It was so bad when I first went on Metformin that I’d get black edges to my vision when I squatted down to feed my cat.

Because of this, I pretty much cut squats out for the last couple of months.  I would sometimes try a pistol squat or two, sometimes a few front squats, but I always had this fear that I’d pass out and didn’t want a lot of weight on my back if I did.

I’ve finally decided that I’m done with this wussing out and am attempting to find ways to stay conscious while squatting.

My current standby, that I know works, is to pop glucose tabs between heavy sets.  I know this isn’t good for me, and I know it’s not really addressing the problem.  It is what I’m using to rescue me so that I can keep on going.

A paramedic suggested peanut butter pre workout, supposedly it stays with you better than sugar does.  I don’t have any, so I tried almond butter.  It helps, but not enough to keep me from needing the glucose tabs.

I know that salt raises your blood pressure, so I added some to my almond butter this morning.  I then added some to my electrolyte-fizzy-tab water.  The salt sank to the bottom, so it tasted fine at first and then horrible as I started to empty the cup.  I got the blackness edged vision after 2 squats at 135lbs, so clearly none of this was enough.  I popped a glucose tab, and was fine for my next 2 sets, then another tab got me through two more.  (They were all sets of 2 and 3 – I clearly need to do this more often.)

I had this problem before I went on Metformin, but it’s much worse now than it used to be. I refuse to stop squatting, I’m just concerned that I’m losing so much strength – I want to be able to keep competing and wasn’t all that strong compared to my weight before this happened.


My Very First Endocrinologist Visit

After my weirdly low blood sugar results in the 2 hour fasting glucose test, my doctor decided that I needed to talk to a specialist.

My endo gave me a tentative diagnosis of reactive hypoglycemia.  He’s running some blood tests to rule out anything else.  The good thing about this diagnosis is that it’s treated by … metformin.  I was GETTING the glucose test in the first place because after years of fighting it, I’d decided that it was time to give metformin a shot.  As soon as my results come back, I can start gradually working my way up to a 2g daily dosage, split between breakfast and dinner.

I’ve done some reading on reactive hypoglycemia now, of course.  The Wikipedia entry cites hereditary fructose intolerance as a possible cause.  I have several family members with varying levels of intolerance to fructose – my dad is so intolerant that my grandma couldn’t nurse him when he was a baby.  Based on this, the reactive hypoglycemia diagnosis seems pretty likely.

I also have a bump on my thyroid that they’re going to check out.  The doctor didn’t seem concerned about it, just said they needed to do an ultrasound to make sure everything is ok.