What is Hypoglycemia?

Issue: 27 - 18 Dec 2008
 
Hypoglycemia simply means low blood sugar. Diabetes is the opposite: high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia.
 
Hypoglycemia was officially “discovered” by Dr. Seale Harris in 1924. The condition was at first called hyperinsulinism, and it was considered to be caused by too much insulin in the blood, Excessive insulin burned more sugar than was necessary and caused an excessive drop in the blood sugar level. In diabetes, too little insulin is produced, which results in too much sugar staying in the bloodstream for too long. In simple terms, an overactive pancreas (where insulin is produced) is blamed for low blood sugar.

 

Some of the reasons why we suffer from a drop in our blood sugar are:

  • Imbalances in secretions of hormones by the pituitary and thyroid
  • Modern day nutrition and diet is one of the largest causes of low blood sugar.
  • Missing meals
  • Systematic overeating, especially of refined carbohydrates, and excessive protein
  • Excessive use of alcohol, tobacco, and coffee and caffeine-containing soft drinks
  • Allergies
  • Severe emotional stresses that can cause the rise and fall of blood sugar levels, as well as the over exhaustion of adrenal glands which are so essential to proper sugar metabolism.

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia:

  • Low energy
  • Headache
  • Lightheaded, dizzy and faintness
  • Lack of concentration or mental confusion
  • Emotionally up and down, irritability crying spells or depression
  • Palpitations or rapid heartbeat
  • Hot flushes or excessive sweating
  • Shaky hands or a internal shaky feeling (tremor)
  • Sweet cravings
  • Unprovoked anxieties
  • Memory lapses
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears

Hypoglycemia can also happen during sleep. Some signs of hypoglycemia during sleep include

  • crying out or having nightmares
  • finding pajamas or sheets damp from perspiration
  • feeling tired, irritable, or confused after waking up

The symptoms above can also be caused by other health problem that is why if you feel you suffer from low blood sugar and you are not getting the results with your treatment of hypoglycemia it is a good idea to visit your doctor and ask can for a glucose tolerance test.

 

Glucose Tolerance Test.

 

Unlike a test for diabetes, Samra’s GTT records the measurements of glucose levels after a load of glucose over time, usually over four hours taken each half hour. He is interested in the rate of variations - the rise and fall of blood glucose during the test. This enables the doctor to discern six types of hypoglycemic reactions in a GTT as described in his book.

There are several forms that the hypoglycemic syndrome can take and we will adopt Dr. Samra's classification;

Type 1, Relative Hypoglycemia. Following ingestion of glucose the blood sugar level rises unusually high (due to insulin resistance) and then suddenly drops. The rate of descent should be over 2.6mm/L (45 mg/100mL) in any hour or over 1.6mm/l (30mg/100mL) in any 1/2 hour.

Type 2, Absolute Hypoglycemia. This is any blood glucose recorded below the lower limit of 3.4mm/L (60mg/100mL).

Type 3, Combined Hypoglycemia. This is also known as ‘Reactive Hypoglycemia’. Here the blood sugar level not only drops suddenly, but goes below the lower limit.

Type 4, Flat Curve Response. Where no blood glucose value is more than 1.3 mm/L (24mg/100mL) above the fasting level. This may be due not so much to a reaction to sugar, but a low metabolic rate. People with a Flat Curve Response should have their thyroid tested, for possible hypothyroidism. It is often indicated by low body temperature in the morning. If you measure your temperature before getting out of bed and you get a reading below 36.2 C. or 97.6 F. one should discuss this with your doctor. You can calibrate your medication for thyroid problems by taking your temperature in the morning over several days. Vitamin B1 plays a role in the production of thyroxin, as does phenylalanine and tyrosine (the latter is the immediate forerunner of thyroxin). Thyroxin is also needed in the conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A.

Type 5, Fasting Hypoglycemia where the fasting blood sugar level is below 3.4 mm/L (60 mg/ 100ml)

Type 6, Cellular Level Hypoglycemia (Hypoglycia) This is energy starvation at the level of brain cells. The person may have a normal GTT but presents the same hypoglycemic symptoms. This may be caused by a dysfunction in enzymes involved with glucose metabolism, usually as a result of an abnormal zinc/copper ratio. Zinc is a coenzyme in the breakdown of glucose to simpler biochemical substances, before being used as energy inside brain cells. High copper levels depress zinc levels and vice versa. Other coenzymes and vitamins are also involved in glucose metabolism inside the mitochondria.

 

Dietary help for hypoglycemia

  • Always have 3 meals and 2 snacks daily
  • NEVER miss a meal
  • Cut out all the simple sugars such as biscuits, cakes, confectionary, sugar, jams, honey, soft-drinks, and cordial.
  • Make sure you are eating more complex carbohydrates and less of the refined carbohydrates.
  • Complex Carbohydrates are wholemeal bread and grains, brown rice, wholemeal pasta and spaghetti, legumes and beans.
  • Keep right away from processed foods and fatty foods.
  • No Coffee, and caffeinated drinks such as tea or soft drink
  • Make sure you are getting approx 30% protein daily

Supplements for Hypoglycemia

  • Natural HGH Complex
  • Supergreens
  • Super Reds
  • Multi B Vitamin

Summary

 

The most important thing that you can do for hypoglycemia is diet first and foremost. Remember it is not only what you eat but also how often you eat, make sure you eat 3 meals and 2 snacks daily.

 

Try to work on your stress levels as stress has a huge effect on every part of your body. Look at relaxation therapy, meditation; tai-chi, walking or ever a work-out can help release stress.

 

Also start using the above supplements in your daily routine and see the difference it will make.

 

Disclaimer: This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new Health information becomes available. The information provided is intended to be Informative and educational and is not a replacement for professional medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a health-care professional

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