4 Tips for Avoiding a Mid-Morning Blood Sugar Crash​

Even a seemingly healthy breakfast can leave you feeling sluggish.

4 Tips for Avoiding a Mid-Morning Blood Sugar Crash​

Q: I have a healthy breakfast every morning — granola, almond milk yogurt and fruit — by 10:30 I am feeling exhausted. It's like my blood sugar is low. I have to eat something sweet to perk back up. (I don't have diabetes.) What's going on?

Answer: You're describing reactive hypoglycemia, or a carb/sugar crash. The carbohydrates and sugars in fruit, the carbs in the grains in granola—along with added sugar it often contains, and the carbs and sugar in even unsweetened almond yogurt — can all add up to a pretty big dose of sugar (carbs are converted into sugar in your body) and a rapid rise in your blood glucose level. If that rise stimulates an insulin spike (that can happen in prediabetes and diabetes, with a rare enzyme deficiency or for no known reason) you end up over-clearing the glucose from your blood. Your blood sugar level tanks, along with your energy. Symptoms can include shakiness, sweating, anxiety and fatigue.

When that happens, a quick dose of half a banana + 1/2 cup of apple sauce or 1/2 cup of apple, orange or pineapple juice can make you feel better. But a better approach...


Eat so you don't crash at all.

Try the following techniques, but if they don't work see your doctor to be tested for pre- or full-blown diabetes or other issues.

System Oz: How It Works & What to Know

Here's how to get started and find success on Dr. Oz's Mediterranean-inspired intermittent fasting plan for whole-body wellness.

Is This the Key to Ultimate Hydration?

See how electrolytes work in your body.

Is This the Key to Ultimate Hydration?

Whether you're trying to stay hydrated for your workout routine or rehabilitation, recovery and hydration is so important to keeping your body performing like it should. So how do you make sure that happens? You need electrolytes — the minerals that give electrical power to your body. What the video below to see how they get to work inside your body and how you seamlessly add them to your day.

Presented by USANA.