Menopause Hot Flashes in Menopause is all too common in women.
Find out below how Menopause can be the culprit of Hot flashes after Eating.
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Hi, I am Dr. Maura McGill, I am an expert in natural hormone treatments.
Today I want to talk to you about hot flashes after eating. Standard causes for hot flashes are a low estrogen that occurs at mid-50s we’ll say from menopausal reasons. But there are other causes of hot flashes and quite often, at least a few times as week, I have patients in my clinic with perfectly adequate levels of estrogen, and yet they are still having hot flashes. Now there are 5 other reasons for having hot flashes and they have to be investigated and particularly after eating.
Let me talk about the other causes that are not related to eating and get them out of the way first. There are two rare conditions: Pheochromocytoma and Carcinoid syndrome. They are very, very, rare. A 24 hour urine collection will eliminate those possibilities. Much more common is blood pressure, which can cause hot flashes and thyroid disease which can cause hot flashes.
Hot flashes after eating are mainly and almost exclusively caused by a high carbohydrate load. Your insulin response to that carbohydrate load is what causes the blood sugar to crash down, causing you to tremble, shake and sweat. You call that a hot flash, and I do too. The way to fix it that protein intake will balance it.
The naughty carbs for hot flashes are pasta, bread, rice and grains. Grains include things like the biscuits that you have with your cheese. Night sweats are mostly noticeable after dinner, often in bed around 3 hours after you’ve had your meal and therefore you need a 3 hour GTT: GTT test is a Glucose Tolerance Test and in order to see if a person is diabetic, doctors traditionally do a 2 hour test but to test whether carbohydrates are causing you to have a sudden drop in your sugar at 3 hours, you have to have a 3 hour test.
The solution is going to be to limit the carbs and increase your protein load at that meal after which you flush.
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Dr Maura McGill