Hypoglycemia

What is Hypoglycemia?

HypoglycemiaHypoglycemia is a disorder occurring in the blood characterized mainly by having low blood sugar.

 

Sometimes the term low blood sugar is used to refer to the condition.

People who are hypoglycemic tend to produce high levels of insulin, which results to a drop in blood sugar. One may suffer from hypoglycemia regardless of the age or state of health, because even those “healthy” individuals can undergo stages of being hypoglycemic after eating a meal that is rich in carbohydrates.

 

During times that the blood sugar levels are low, various parts of the body are affected. For instance, the brain loses its ability to function properly. Remember that the brain needs energy or fuel so that it could do its task properly and it uses the sugar in the blood.

 

So when blood sugar levels are low, the brain would not be able to derive enough fuel which could hamper its normal functions. Sometimes, the damage that hypoglycemia causes to the brain, can result to long-term problems.

 

What Causes Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia could be caused by varying factors:

  • Taking too much refined carbohydrates and foods that are rich in sugar. When you eat these foods, they could render your pancreas and liver to malfunction, losing their abilities to process the sugar properly.
  • Tumors. These could hamper the proper functions of the liver.
  • Stress. This tends to render the adrenal glands weak, which then leads to glucose intolerance.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

Some of the known symptoms of hypoglycemia are:

  • Abnormal cravings for sweets even if you have just eaten meals.
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Vision problems
  • Trembling
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for ADHD

Since hypoglycemia is primarily triggered by food intake, it is a necessity that you have to follow a proper diet in order to treat the condition. Some useful lifestyle changes might be necessary too.

Lifestyle Changes for Hypoglycemia

  • Do some moderate exercises. Start out with easy exercises that you can do. You could try to indulge in certain sport activities. If you are unsure of your health condition, try to ask your physician first.
  • Try to steer clear from alcohol. If you have been drinking for quite a long time now, quit before it worsens.
  • Make sure that your liver and kidney are healthy. Having regular checkups could help.
  • Make sure that you get to rest well.
  • Keep yourself free from anxiety and nervousness. You could go for meditation activities like yoga and t’ai chi.

Diet for Hypoglycemia

  • Eat more grains, nuts, and seeds. You could also include vegetable oil. Instead of opting for a high-meat diet, go for these foods. They will make and keep you healthy. Remember to eat the nuts and seeds in their raw form. Cook the grains as these will be digested slowly and would also be able to release sugar in a gradual but continuous manner, 6-8hours after having eaten.
  • Meals should be eaten in small amounts but frequently. This makes sure that you would have a steady supply of sugar all throughout the day.
  • Eat seeds and raw nuts. This would be very beneficial for you, most especially if they are eaten in between meals.
  • Take fruit juices. These could provide you with the nutrition you need and are easily absorbed by the body.
  • Make sure that you do not eat processed and refined foods.
  • Food sources that have caffeine content must also be avoided.
  • Eliminate alcohol from your daily diet as well.
  • Consumption of salt must be minimized. Doing so could lead to potassium depletion which is not good for the body.
  • Eat fresh fruits like apples, avocado, berries, and melons. If you have time, squeeze some fresh fruit juice for yourself. Just limit your consumption of citrus fruits.
  • You could take beets, carrots, asparagus, radish, tomato, kale, and baked potatoes.
  • Take foods that are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. These foods could help the muscles in the body store more glycogen.
  • Also eat foods that have high levels of Vitamin B-complex.
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