Originally Posted by vheogl
I know its within the normal ranges, but is it normal soon after eating?
Not really no, but there is some slight variation from person to person regarding blood sugar levels (BSL's) and what is 'normal' for them, so some flexibility with the intepretation of results is required. However, if your result was 3.8 and you were having low BSL symptoms at the time the test was taken, then that is a definite concern.
When you see your doc on Tues make sure you tell him you were experiencing symtoms at the time of the test and that you have also been getting symptoms at other times otherwise he wont be aware that there's an issue.
Hypoglycemia in vegetarians can be fairly common, I had it in the first few years I was a veggie. The usual cause for it is not eating enough protein. Normally, it's easily fixed by increasing your protein intake, eating protein in combination with complex carbs and good fats, and making sure you don't go longer than about 3 hours between meals.
Another cause for low BSL in vegetarians can be low sodium levels....which ended up being the major cause of my hypo episodes. Changing to a veggie diet can often mean a reduction in salt intake. This reduction caused my sodium level to gradually drop over the course of a few years to a level where it became a problem.
Having an adequate sodium level protects your body against sudden rises and falls in insulin levels which cause your BSL's to increase or decrease. If your sodium level is too low there's no protection and you'll have no defense against sudden drops in sugar levels resulting in all those horrible symptoms like weakness, shakiness, mood swings, headaches, blurred vision etc.
My problem righted itself after I introduced some more salt into my diet again and got my levels back up to normal, and I haven't had a problem with it since.