Britney Spears may be a victim of the blood sugar blues, according to the National Enquirer, which attributes a source stating that she collapsed while rehearsing..
The 27-year-old singer suffers from low blood sugar, according to the Enquirer source, who revealed that Britney’s father has been trying to keep her condition a secret.
I’m baffled. Why would Britney’s father want to keep it hush-hush that the singer has low blood sugar?
Having low blood sugar or hypoglycemia is not a condition you want to hide, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it.
Millions of Americans have low blood sugar, including Nichole Richie, as I also mentioned back in 2007.
In fact, more people have low blood sugar than have diabetes, but many experts believe that low blood sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes.
The good news for people with low blood sugar is that you can have a perfectly normal life, but you will need to take good care of yourself.
If you have low blood sugar, you should quit sweets and refined carbs, eat frequent meals and get plenty of rest, among other things, as I explained in Sugar Shock! (I learned all of this myself in 1998, when I was deep in the throes of my sugar addiction and suffered from many confusing ailments, including feeling faint and low on energy.)
If Britney Spears does have low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, this might explain her alleged interest in sweets, diet pills and alcohol.
Back in 2007, I posed the idea on this Sugar Shock Blog that Britney might be a sugar addict. I even posted a press release about it. I raised the issue again here.
Again, I posted about Britney’s reported sugar interest here, and the year before, in 2006, I raised the questions as to whether or not Britney was relying on wine, diet pills and cigarettes to peel off her post-baby pounds or whether she was dancing off the weight.
I also wrote about a rumor that Britney was feeding her babies sugary foods and drinks.
Enquirer cites sources stating that the singer doesn’t
often eat right or get enough rest. Plus she’s under a lot of stress.
All of these can exacerbate conditions of low-blood sugar, as I’ve personally experienced.
But, as I pointed out in Sugar Shock!, you can prevent mystifying hypoglycemia symptoms such as fainting, weak spells and vertigo by:
• Eating moderate portions of high-quality foods every three to four hours (or about five to six times a day).
• Completely cutting out sugar and refined carbs such as white bread, most crackers, white rice and white pasta.
• Getting ample protein, slow-acting carbohydrates (such as vegetables and low-sugar fruits) and healthy fats.
• Never skipping meals, especially breakfast.
• Exercising regularly, if possible. (Light snacks before and aftewards may also be helpful.)
• Working with a qualified nutritionist or health care professional.
Here are 9 of many warning signs of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
(These symptoms also could mean that you’re in sugar shock or have a
1. Feeling unexplained faintness, dizziness or weak spells (such as those experienced by Britney Spears and Nicole Richie).
Experiencing such baffling symptoms as staggering, lack of
coordination, abnormal weight (loss or gain) and mental confusion or
“brain fog.” .
Suddenly becoming wiped out and spacey. (Usually, people with
hypoglycemia or low blood sugar wrongly grab quick, sugary snacks or
drinks, which only make matters worse.)
4. Flipping from wired to tired, at a moment’s notice.
Getting abnormal, almost insatiable cravings for candy, soda and other
sweets or fast-acting, refined carbs such as chips, white flour bread
or white rice.
6. Suffering from ferocious headaches, the shakes or heart palpitations.
7. Displaying unpredictable cranky behavior, temper outbursts or crying spells.
8. Having excessive fatigue—so much so that extra sleep even doesn’t seem to help much.
Hearing unconvinced loved ones or doctors falsely assuming that your
symptoms are “all in your head.”
Remember, if you have low blood sugar, you can lead a perfectly normal life. You just need to take good care of yourself which is what I’m doing this week. (I’m still on vacation but took some time out to post this.)
One other important fact to remember: If you have low blood sugar, relying on candies, cookies and other sweets is NOT the way to resolve your condition. It only makes it worse.
But if you cut out the offending sugary “treats,” you will ultimately experience a renewed energy, zest for life and much more.
Need help with your sugar addiction? I’m happy to help you.