WHAT IS HYPOGLYCEMIA?
Hypoglycemia is an abnormally low level of glucose (glucose) from the blood. This can result from a sudden rise in glucose in the blood due to sweets and other sweeteners. This then leads to a sudden drop once the sweets or sweeteners are no longer in the blood system. Too much insulin released into the blood system can also cause it. Diabetes on the other hand is just the opposite and is an abnormally high level of glucose (glucose) from the blood.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN EXACTLY?
When someone is experiencing a hypoglycemic attack, the glucose level in the body is too low to effectively fuel the body’s blood cells. Since all the cells of the body, especially the brain cells, use glucose for fuel, a blood glucose level that is too low starves the cells of needed fuel, causing both physical and psychological symptoms.
When the level is below 45 mg/dl, a serious condition is suspected.
Hypoglycemia may be a condition by itself, or might be a complication of diabetes or other ailments. It is most often seen as a complication of diabetes (due to the fact that lots of doctors don’t recognize hypoglycemia without diabetes as true illness), which is sometimes called insulin reaction.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA
The following are the most common symptoms of hypoglycemia. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Typically, the symptoms will go away as soon as you eat (especially if you eat sweets). Eating sweets however is not the best way to take care of hypoglycemia.
· Uncontrollable cravings
· Inner trembling
· Body feels weakv
· Sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason
· Blurred vision
· Sudden hunger
· Crying spells
· Mental Confusion
· Heart Palpitations
· Family history of low blood sugar or diabetes
· Low libido (sex drive)
· Waking up tired and exhausted
· PMS or premenstrual syndrome
AM I HYPOGLYCEMIC?
How do you know if you are hypoglycemic or not? Is there anyway to test to see if you are?
What annoys me is that the answer is no. There’s no standard approach to test for hypoglycemia (although a little bit of doctors use a glucose test).
According to recent study, it is estimated that there are close to 100 million people in the United Sates alone who are experiencing hypoglycemia and a lot do not know it. With that many possible situations, wouldn’t you think that they’d think of a way to test for the illness?
If you suffer from any or a number of the symptoms listed above, yes, you COULD be hypoglycemic.
You should consult your physician to rule out any potential diseases, but don’t enable the physician to take over. You must be proactive in your approach and go with your gut feeling when the doctors tell you that you’re fine.