Hypoglycemia is when your body is unable to handle large amounts of sugar. To expand further, when hypoglycemia occurs it is because the body is receiving an overload of sugar, caffeine, tobacco and stress.
Carbohydrates - and that includes fruits, vegetables and grains - when they are digested break down into simple sugars through the process of digestion. Then when sugar enters our blood stream, it becomes glucose and then our sugar in our body begins to rise. To counteract this, the pancreas secretes a hormone known as insulin that goes into the blood, which then helps to bring the glucose down to a healthier level.
Research has shown that those who have diabetes are more prone to get hypoglycemia. Other situations that may bring on hypoglycemia are: tumors, hepatitis, too much alcohol and some medications such as quinine.
Some of the symptoms that are associated with hypoglycemia are: hunger, sleepiness, weakness, anxiety, dizziness, and shakiness. Hypoglycemia symptoms can also occur when you're sleeping. If it happens when you're sleeping, you will have nightmares and be quite anxious.
Hypoglycemia can be a challenge and a concern to anyone going through it, but there are things you can do to avoid this medical condition. The following steps are easy to implement and if followed in a disciplined way, can help you stabilize and control your hypoglycemia.
- Begin each day with a breakfast that contains vegetables, fruits and high fiber cereal such as oatmeal.
- When you eat your meals, make them small and high in protein, fiber and carbohydrates.
- Make sure to eat something substantial before drinking alcoholic beverages. This needs to be done because alcohol causes blood sugar to go high and then just as suddenly, will drop.
- When choosing snacks, especially before bed, make them high fiber and low in sugar such as graham crackers and milk.
- Avoid eating excessive amounts of high-sugar foods, which will make your blood sugar spike then plummet. When your blood sugar falls after a "sugar high," it tends to drop dramatically low.
- And, if you want to maintain a healthy blood sugar level, never take too much insulin if you’re diabetic. Make sure to check your urine or blood for sugar before injecting and don’t skimp on calories once you’ve take your insulin.
- Ensure that you never eat sugary foods on an empty stomach. If you do this, your blood sugar will rise and give a message to your body to secrete too much insulin.
- Check into a chromium supplement. Chromium is needed to produce insulin. When your chromium level is low, your blood sugar control could be low. Check with your doctor to see if Chromium might be of help to you.
Foods that are safe and that help with hypoglycemia are such foods as: whole grain breads and English muffins, 1% fat milk, citrus fruit, dark green or yellow vegetables, decaffeinated coffee, cooked lean meat, poultry or fish and natural or processed cheese.