Ask Patrick – Energy and Sugar

  1. Question Can the amount of sugar one consumes result in an ovarian cyst? S. MAnswer Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is strongly linked to too much sugar, which causes too much insulin release, which then results in insulin resistance or insensitivity. As well as avoiding sugar and eating a low GL diet the mineral chromium, taking 200mcg twice a day, improves insulin sensitivity. There’s a chapter on PCOS in my book Good Medicine.
  2. Question I always feel tired mid afternoon and often have to go to bed for two or more hours – even though I’ve had cereal/ porridge for breakfast and perhaps salad/ soup lunch. S.CAnswer It does sound like an afternoon blood sugar dip. It’s actually healthy to start early, then siesta, but two or more hours sounds like too much.

    Beans help to stabilize blood sugar. Try having some with your lunch, or include more protein such as fish. Also, you could try a teaspoon of Carboslow fibre with a glass of water before your lunch to help even out a potential blood sugar dip. Are you taking one of my Optimum Nutrition Packs, two strips a day, one for breakfast one for lunch? That often perks up your energy. Also, you could try a Moringa tea in the afternoon. That’s a natural energy booster.

  3. Question I’m on a low GL/ low sugar diet after being pre-diabetic ten months ago. I managed to lose a stone and bring HbA1c levels back to normal. But I always suffer with SAD symptoms during the dark winter days and recently my cravings for carbs and sweet things have risen sharply, testing my willpower significantly. Any tips for dealing with these cravings and SAD? Thank you! C.BAnswer SAD can be caused by a dip in serotonin and/or a dip in vitamin D. So, firstly, you need 1,000ius of vitamin D, 25mcg, every day. My multi, in two pills, gives 15mcg or 600ius so get something like Biocare’s Vitamin D Mulsion and have a drop a day.

    You can boost serotonin in two ways: one is by supplementing 5-HTP. Start with 100mg. That’s what I have in my Mood Food formula, taking 2 capsules a day. This also gives you another 5mcg of vitamin D (5+15mcg = 20mcg, 800ius of vitamin D – probably enough).

    The other is to increase your light exposure. I have a full spectrum light on my desk and have it on for 30 minutes at the start or end of a day when it’s light.

    Hope that helps.

  4. Question Do you think there is any connection between sugar and ME? It might not show in the glucose test but where would you get a result from to prove it? Or would there be different reasons that sugar could be to blame? A man called Michael Peters believed that sugar was the cause of his daughters ME – he used to promote Ambrotose (I think it is spelled). I have had much more energy on your Low GL diet.. My niece is now very ill with ME. S.EAnswer Have you read my report on Natural Solutions for Chronic Fatigue [https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/natural-solutions-for-chronic-fatigue]. I list the five most common contributors to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) formerly known as ME, being an underlying thyroid problem; blood sugar problem; a...
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