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. 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 suffering from 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 human 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.
The normal range of blood sugar is approximately 60 to 120 mg/dl (milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood).
Hypoglycemia may be a condition by itself, or may be a complication of diabetes or other ailments. It is most often seen as a complication of diabetes (due to the fact that many doctors do not recognize hypoglycemia without diabetes as true illness), which can be referred to as insulin reaction.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA
Listed below 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 deal with hypoglycemia.
· Uncontrollable cravings
· Inner trembling
· A craving for sweets
· Blurred vision
· Sudden hunger
· Crying spells
· Mental Confusion
· Heart Palpitations
· Family history of low blood sugar or diabetes
· Low libido (sex drive)
· Inability to concentrate
· Waking up tired and exhausted
How do you know if you’re hypoglycemic or not? Is there anyway to test to see if you are?
What annoys me is that the answer is no. There is no standard way to test for hypoglycemia (although a small amount of doctors use a glucose test).
According to recent study, it’s estimated that there are close to 100 million people in the United Sates alone who are suffering from hypoglycemia and many don’t know it. With that many possible cases, wouldn’t you think that they’d come up with a way to test for the illness?
If you are suffering from any or many of the symptoms listed above, yes, you COULD be hypoglycemic.
You should consult your doctor to rule out any potential diseases, but do not allow the doctor to take over. You should be proactive in your approach and go with your gut feeling if the doctors tell you that you’re fine.