Hypoglycemia is an abnormally low level of glucose (glucose) in 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 (sugar) in the blood.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN EXACTLY?
Since all the cells of the human body, especially the brain cells, use glucose for fuel, a blood sugar 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 may be a complication of diabetes or other disorders. It is most often regarded as a complication of diabetes (due to the fact that many doctors do not recognize hypoglycemia without diabetes as accurate illness), which can be referred to as insulin reaction.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA
Listed below are the most common symptoms of hypoglycemia. In most cases, 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
· Blurred vision
· Sudden hunger
· Crying spells
· Mental Confusion
· Heart Palpitations
· Inability to concentrate
· Waking up tired and exhausted
· PMS or premenstrual syndrome
How can you know if you’re hypoglycemic or not? Is there anyway to test to determine if you are?
What annoys me is that the answer is no. There’s no standard way to check for hypoglycemia (although a small amount of doctors use a sugar test).
According to recent research, it’s estimated that there are close to 100 million people in the United Sates alone who are suffering from hypoglycemia and many of them don’t know it. With that many possible cases, 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 might be hypoglycemic.
You should consult your doctor to rule out any potential diseases, but don’t allow the doctor to take over. You should be proactive in your approach and go with your gut feeling when the doctors tell you that you’re fine.