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Update: Keto Diet has stopped my Migraines!!

I would like to update you all regarding the discovery of something called Reactive Hypoglycemia. Firstly I am not a doctor and my knowledge of biological processes within the human body is very minimal. After noticing that every day two to three hours after eating a meal I would begin to feel tired and lethargic. I was fighting tiredness mid-morning and again mid-afternoon following lunch. I thought this was simply my body working hard to digest my meals. This constant battle with tiredness whist trying to focus on work would always result in a headache of some sort. Yes, this was happening to me every single day. I was getting migraines 3-4 times a week!!.

I was reading articles about diabetes, of which I was recently tested, I don’t have diabetes. During my research I came across a condition called “Reactive Hypoglycemia”. It is something that happens whereby there is a temporary drop in blood-sugar levels caused by too much insulin being produced after a meal.

I started searching foods that are high on the glycemic scale which were mostly carbohydrates and sugars. This led me in turn to begin a rather dramatic diet of which I am on my 11th day. It is called a ketogenic diet which is very low carbohydrate and high in fat. I have had ZERO headaches and ZERO migraines since starting the diet. Form the very first day I noticed the difference.

I appreciate that the trigger for migraines is unique to the individual, and “reactive hypoglycemia” seems to be mine. In hindsight I have endure this condition all my life. I remember feeling the tiredness in school and later during college. Surely it affected my grades.

I hope this information is helpful to someone.

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Comments

  • Tamara
    2 years ago

    Hmmmm another hint that sugar and carbs I need to eat less of. But I am still fighting for some reason. I have bad TMJ – which sometimes hurts more than the migraines and my dentist (who is one of the top TMJ specialists in Canada) has never seen joints like mine, said they are flat, arthritic and crappy looking.

    I find it hard enough to eat cooked veggies sometimes, carbs are just soften and I can eat less to feel full. I have to find a way to change that I think.

  • migraine123 author
    2 years ago

    Dear Tamara,
    Thank you for replying to my story. Changing you diet is not easy and I am only two weeks into mine. I mostly eat soft foods if I can. For example my breakfast consists of a shake made with yoghurt, chia, ground flaxseed and coconut oil. I just drink it.
    There are foods like oatmeal that I used to drink with milk (it goes really soft) before I went carb-free.
    I wish you all the luck in the world finding a cure for your migraines, its taken me far too long…
    kind regards,
    Ben

  • Joanna Bodner moderator
    2 years ago

    Dear migraine123,
    How wonderful of you to share this update with us! I am SO thrilled to hear that you have been experiencing such positive results from this diet! Kudos to you as well for your persistence and hard work on continually researching all of this information. It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy and when you living with migraine, we know just how challenging that can be to stay so focused.

    I truly hope it continues to bring you relief…do keep us posted if you can! Look forward to future updates! 🙂 Warmly, Joanna (Migraine.com Team)

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