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What is Hypoglycaemia or Low Blood Sugar?
Revisiting past "popular" health issues
Have you noticed the certain health issues seem to be popular, "in vogue" for a certain time?
Everyone seems to talk about it, treatments are discussed and after a while they seem to fade away to be replaced with a new health issue.
Anyhow, lets face it, just because a health issue is not in the top list anymore, doesn't mean the health problem has vanished, quite to the contrary, people with past " in vogue" problems, suffer now in silence.
Let's revisit Low Blood sugar - (Hypoglycaemia)
Tips for Sugar Fatigue
You may think, that can't be, how would sugar, the energy provider, result in Fatigue?
When a person starts their day with a breakfast of coffee, processed fruit juice, cereal and toast and jam, the result is a rapid increase in the level of sugar in the blood. This rapid increase stimulates the pancreas into full-steam production of insulin. The insulin, in turn, causes the liver and muscles to withdraw sugar from the blood and store it as glycogen, or change it into fat.
( an aha moment - that's why protein or low carbohydrate diets are in vogue for weight loss )
(Only small amounts can be stored as glycogen; consequently, the rest is turned into fat. )
Remember, carbohydrate is just a fancy word for sugar... therefore, eating sugar (carbohydrate) always results in a rapid elevation of glucose and the equally rapid release of insulin.
And because insulin has a longer half life time as sugar, (stays longer in the system - over supply), the blood sugar lowering effect will continue, even so, the blood sugar is low already, resulting in "low blood sugar and FATIQUE.
And that's not all ................. it is now extremely difficult to lose weight when insulin is raised.
And, there is more............... insulin also directly increases the amount of cholesterol in the blood.
And... wait .. there is even more ......... the brain and nervous system must have the sugar, therefore your adrenal glands send out cortisone, setting off and alarm reaction as the body's response to stress, which results in cell destruction in order to produce the required sugar from their protein.
Your cells really suffer from this alarm reaction; fatigue is setting in, thinking becomes slow and confused and the person suffers anxiety and tension, and may experience headaches and feels faint and shaky.
Most people affected by hyperglycaemia experience mid-morning and afternoon fatigue and usually reach for a cup of coffee and a biscuit, more sugar in an attempt to feel better.
Of course, the result will be the same and, subsequently, further exhaustion.
Naturally, general health will suffer and a tendency to disease and emotional instability is increased.
I am sure you know what carbohydrates are, but here is a bit of a list of foods you should limit:
What does that all mean .. are you not allowed to eat anything anymore?
No, that's not it, it's about balance and not overdoing the carbohydrates.
Have a look at the Zone Diet, that's where you will find lots of good diet tips... and how to eat Carbohydrates - Protein and unsaturated Fat in balance.
By the way, one neat little trick is to have "fat" with your carbohydrates, it will slow down sugar/glucose absorption.
With fat, I mean unsaturated fats, as in olive or flaxseed oils, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, avocado, or even better the best one of all, even so it is a saturated fat, use COCONUT OIL - which is a beneficial medium chanin fatty acid.
Further more, make sure you always have a little bit of protein with your 3 meals or snacks, and obviously cut out those processed carbohydrate foods as much as possible.
Read about >> Sugar Addiction
... or .. for more on Health and Diet, click >> Health Foundation
Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.