Do You Have Undiagnosed Hypoglycemia?
by Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed.
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can be the culprit of many physical and psychological symptoms. It?s a very common occurrence in our society and often goes undiagnosed. It can mimic most every medical condition and is often misdiagnosed or labeled as hypochondriasis. Hypoglycemia is when your blood glucose levels drop too low and your body and brain can?t function properly. The brain is very sensitive to the levels of blood sugar and needs glucose to function adequately. It is fuel for the brain. The brain doesn?t have the ability to store glucose so it needs a continuous supply from the blood. It extracts it from the blood as it does oxygen. If the brain does not have enough oxygen or glucose it can go into a coma.
Hypoglycemia occurs when the body does not metabolize blood glucose properly. Abnormal metabolism can be caused by a variety of factors such as:
- Excess refined sugar and white flour 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
- Severe emotional stress that doesn?t go away
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia can be mild, moderate or severe and may consist of any of the following:
- Shaking between meals
- Inability to concentrate
- Pounding/racing heart
- Speech difficulties
- Fuzzy head
- Mood swings
- Feeling faint
- Obsessive/compulsive behavior
- Slurred speech
- Poor coordination
- Glassy eyes
- Highly agitated
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 and then 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, fresh whole fruits (not juice).
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.
There are a number of illnesses that produce similar symptoms as listed above, so it is necessary to consult with a health care professional that is knowledgeable in this area. Perhaps a sound nutritionist or alternative health doctor capable of 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.
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 author of the inspirational E-Book ?Finding Life Fulfillment when Living with Chronic Illness-A Spiritual Journey?. Subscribe to her FREE monthly Newsletter for inspiration, advice and support. http://www.holistichelp.net/ or send any email to this address to subscribe to the FREE Newsletter Holistichelpfirstname.lastname@example.org