What is Hypoglycaemia

07/03/2018 Latest News,Nutrition

What is Hypoglycaemia or Low Blood Sugar?

Revisiting past “popular” health issues

Have you noticed that certain health issues seem to be popular, “in vogue” for a certain time, only to be exchange for the newest disease in vogue?

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.

Sometimes the health issue has been ‘up-graded‘ into something more complex, like insulin resistance.

Anyhow, lets face it, just because a health issue is not on the top list anymore, doesn’t mean the health problem has vanished, quite to the contrary, people with past ‘in vogue’ problems could be suffering in silence, or have even more complex health issues.

That’s where ‘Active Prevention’ becomes important. Low Blood sugar belongs to the lifestyle diseases, and yes lifestyle diseases are preventable.

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.

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 of sugars 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’ than 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 FATIGUE.

And that’s not all ……… it is 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 an alarm reaction as the body’s response to stress, which results in cell destruction in order to produce the required sugar from protein.

Low Blood Sugar and AnxietyYour cells really suffer from this alarm reaction; fatigue is setting in, thinking becomes cloudy, slow and confused and the person may suffer anxiety and tension, and experience headaches and feels faint and shaky. Not a nice combination.

Most people affected by hypoglycemia 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, more exhaustion, leading to more health problems.

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:

  • All refined carbohydrates, such as white flour, polished rice and packaged processed breakfast cereals, breads, pizzas, cakes, donuts . .
  • Anything with added sugar, esp, all soft drinks, including fruit juices.
  • All sweets obviously, chocolate included, even cough lollies… and alcohol

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, a general type of diet, that’s where you will find lots of good diet tips… and how to eat Carbohydrates – Protein and  Fat in balance.

For treatment, you would need to  consider an individual constructed diet that works for you.

General diets are always only rough guidelines.

There is no such thing  as a perfect diet fit !

By the way, one neat little trick is to have ‘fat’ with your carbohydrates, it will slow down sugar/glucose absorption.

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.

…. for more on Health and Diet, click >> Health Foundation

useNature’s Editor: Dieter L.