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May 17, 2004

Hypoglycemia

One of my regular clients came to me with a diagnosis of hypoglycemia, so I decided to find out as much information as I could to help them with this surprisingly common blood sugar disorder.

Hypoglycemia, also called low blood sugar, occurs when your blood glucose (blood sugar) level drops too low to provide enough energy for your body's activities.

Two types of hypoglycemia can occur in people who do not have diabetes: reactive (postprandial, or after meals) and fasting (post-absorptive). Reactive hypoglycemia is not usually related to any underlying disease; fasting hypoglycemia often is.

Symptoms of both types resemble the symptoms that people with diabetes and hypoglycemia experience: hunger, nervousness, perspiration, shakiness, dizziness, light-headedness, sleepiness, confusion, difficulty speaking, and feeling anxious or weak.

The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse has information for diabetes-related and non-diabetes-related hypoglycemia.

Common treatment for non-diabetes-related hypoglycemia involves diet modification.

The first basic treatment is to avoid all foods that contain elemental sugar. This includes almost all desserts and junk foods. It also includes all non diet soft drinks. A lot of people find that caffeine also stimulates the release of blood glucose and precipitates a reaction.

The second basic treatment is to give your body small doses of food at more frequent times during the day (the frequency people use varies from person to person). These snacks should be smaller portions of things which are digested slowly. Foods that are digested slowly include protein and complex carbohydrates.

Hypoglycemia Association Information has bulletins for living with hypoglycemia along with related conditions and holistic approach for care.



Posted by linda at May 17, 2004 5:42 PM

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