Do You Have Undiagnosed Hypoglycemia?

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Hypoglycemia — low blood sugar — can be the reason for many physical and psychological symptoms you are experiencing. It's a very common occurrence in our society and often goes undiagnosed. Hypoglycemia can mimic almost every other medical condition and is often misdiagnosed or mislabeled, frequently as evidence that you are a hypochondriac.

Hypoglycemia is defined as a drop in blood glucose levels to a point where your body and brain can't function properly.

The brain is very sensitive to the levels of blood sugar and needs glucose, which is fuel for your brain, to function adequately. Your brain doesn't have the ability to store glucose so it needs a continuous supply of the blood. It extracts it from the blood as it does oxygen. If the brain does not have enough oxygen or glucose, you can even go into a coma.

Hypoglycemia occurs when your body does not metabolize blood glucose properly. Abnormal metabolism can be caused by a variety of factors such as:

  • Excess amounts of sugar in your diet
  • Pancreatic or adrenal underactivity or overactivity
  • Excessive use of alcohol, tobacco, and coffee or other products with caffeine
  • Overeating of refined carbohydrates
  • Allergies
  • Severe emotional stress that doesn't go away

Probably the biggest contributor to hypoglycemia is the consumption of excess refined sugar, white flour, and other refined carbohydrates. Your body is not designed genetically or physiologically to metabolize the mass amount of refined food many of us eat.

These refined foods are stripped of any nutritional value, yet make up a large percentage of the typical diet of this day and age. This creates a continuous strain and abuse of your bodies' organs, such as the pancreas, the liver, the adrenals and other endocrine glands. The continuous ingestion of empty refined foods leads to malfunctioning of the glandular and metabolic systems.

Symptoms

Symptoms of hypoglycemia can be mild, moderate or severe and may consist of any of the following:

  • Sweating
  • Shaking between meals
  • Crankiness
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Nervousness
  • Tingling
  • Pounding/racing heart
  • Speech difficulties
  • Fuzzy head
  • Mood swings
  • Feeling faint
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Melancholy
  • Depression
  • Obsessive/compulsive behavior
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination
  • Glassy eyes
  • Headaches
  • Migraines

Severe symptoms, which require immediate medical attention would include

  • Unresponsiveness
  • Highly agitated state
  • Unconsciousness
  • Convulsions

The Effect of Sugar

What happens when you eat sugar and other refined foods? They are absorbed into your bloodstream very quickly and raise the blood glucose level to abnormally high levels at a very fast pace, which gives you that boost you often feel when eating sweets.

This increase in blood glucose causes your pancreas to overreact with an emergency response and releases an excessive amount of insulin into the bloodstream to try and bring the blood sugar back to normal. The excessive amount of insulin brings the blood sugar down, but it can bring it down too low and too fast. This is when hypoglycemia symptoms occur.

A Word From Verywell

There are a number of illnesses that produce symptoms similar to those of hypoglycemia, so it is necessary to consult with a healthcare professional that is knowledgeable in this area, such as a nutritionist or alternative health practitioner with expertise diagnosing and treating hypoglycemia.

The key word here is knowledgeable because the average mainstream medical professional has a very limited education and understanding of the complex issues surrounding hypoglycemia.

To treat hypoglycemia it's necessary to avoid eating sugar or any food that easily converts to sugar. Your diet should consist of foods that take a while to digest so there won't be a rapid rise in blood sugar followed by the plummet that causes hypoglycemia symptoms.

Foods that digest slowly consist of meat, eggs, cheese, yogurt, beans, nuts and seeds and complex carbohydrates, which are whole grains, fresh vegetables, and fresh whole fruits (but not juices).


Avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine and reduce emotional stress as much as possible. For stress that can't be eliminated find ways to cope effectively with the use of exercise, meditation, massage, counseling, etc.​

Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed. is an author and holistic health counselor providing alternative solutions, life management and support for individuals living with chronic illness or chronic pain. She is also the author of the inspirational E-Book Finding Life Fulfillment when Living with Chronic Illness-A Spiritual Journey. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter for inspiration, advice, and support. http://www.holistichelp.net. 

Source: 

Kalra, Sanjay et. al., "Hypoglycemia: The Neglected Complication." Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Sep-Oct; 17(5): 819–834. doi:  10.4103/2230-8210.117219