Hypoglycemia - A Hidden Culprit
The term hypoglycemia refers to low blood sugar and can cause a range of frustrating
symptoms that mystify doctor and patient alike. It is the opposite of hyperglycemia,
which is diabetes.
Hypoglycemia is one of those mystery ailments that can plague a person for years but
never get diagnosed. The medical profession can diagnose it, but usually they don't
consider it a problem until it becomes very severe. The medical profession only considers
large shifts in blood sugar to be of any consequence and they are also more focused
on hyperglycemia (diabetes). They don't seem to realize that even small fluctuations
in blood sugar levels can have a big impact on how a person feels.
Symptoms can vary from person to person and you may not have all of them, but some
of the more common ones are: headaches, exhaustion, irritability, depression, crying
spells, phobias, quick temper, concentration problems, nightmares, forgetfulness,
drowsiness, visual problems including sensitivity to light, indecision, PMS, anxiety,
muscle pain, cravings, mood swing, weight problems, nervousness, cold hands and/or
feet, sleep problems, anti-social feelings, confusion and dizziness.
Glucose, from carbohydrates, is the fuel our bodies use for heat and energy production.
Every cell in our bodies requires this fuel. The source for this glucose is the carbohydrates
in foods such as vegetables, fruit, seeds, grains and beans.
After eating, glucose molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream to be used for energy.
Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, regulates the glucose level by helping the
cells absorb what they need and the extra glucose is stored in your liver and muscles
in the form of glycogen. Your body can use this stored glycogen when it needs energy
between meals and if there is extra, glycogen can also be stored as fat in the fat cells.
In people with hypoglycemia, the pancreas releases too much insulin, which tells the
liver to store the glucose as glycogen. This drives the blood sugar too low for body
energy needs producing the negative symptoms mentioned above (and others). The adrenal
glands sense this as stress and react by releasing hormones telling the liver to release
glycogen for energy to try to bring the blood sugar level back up. This is what produces
the low feelings in a hypoglycemic person. This can also result in overstressed adrenal
glands that respond less and less well as time goes by, causing the symptoms to get worse.
The problem can stem from any or all of the following: overactive pancreas, malfunctioning
liver, food processing and absorption in the digestive system.
If you notice symptoms coming on 2-5 hours after eating, there is a chance you have
hypoglycemia. Heavy starch foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta and other grain products
should be avoided as much as possible. Also, foods and drinks with table sugar, honey,
sucrose, glucose, corn syrup and any other sweetener that is high on the Glycemic index
should be avoided. There are natural sweeteners that have little or no impact on the
blood sugar level.
A natural sources supplement containing chromium and vanadium should be taken. There
is one very important thing you can do for free and it will have a big impact on the
symptoms--chew your food till it is liquefied. This has a dramatic impact on the blood
sugar level and if you do this you'll notice the difference very quickly in a reduction
Also, if you wish to confirm a blood sugar problem, ask a local practitioner to take
a blood sample from you when you are feeling down and this can confirm if you have a
low blood sugar problem. A naturopathic practitioner will probably be more open to
helping you with this and the test only requires a little pinprick in the end of one
of your fingers.
Your natural practitioner can also work with you to find which organs are malfunctioning
and recommend supplements and procedures to build your body back up.
Don't forget to chew your food exceptionally well!!
When following these treatments to control and manage Hypoglycemia,
be sure to adhere strictly to the guidelines prescribed by your
doctor for each one.