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Hypoglycemia without Diabetes
Hypoglycemia without Diabetes
Is it possible to have hypoglycemia without diabetes? The answer is yes, and it's important to know why. As more and more cases of diabetes pop up, people are trying to diagnose the early warning symptoms of the disease. Just to get the terms straight, hypoglycemia is a state of low blood sugar or glucose, due to an overproduction of insulin or from a poor diet. Hyperglycemia is a state of high blood sugar usually due to low levels of insulin. Diabetes is the persistent medical condition of a body's underproduction of insulin, or of a cell's inability to process the insulin, either of which leads to high levels of blood sugar and dangerous conditions within the body, even death. Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are often associated with diabetes because all three conditions have to do with insulin and improper levels of blood sugar. The real difference between the three is that diabetes is a persistent medical condition, whereas hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are states within the body that come and go.
People wondering whether they can have hypoglycemia without having diabetes might be wondering whether or not they can have hyperglycemia without diabetes. We'll address that first before moving on to having hypoglycemia without diabetes. Diabetes causes hyperglycemia because without insulin, the body can't metabolize blood sugar for fuel and energy. The blood sugar builds up in the bloodstream and if it goes unchecked can be very hazardous to person's with diabetes and can even cause death. Certain conditions can cause hyperglycemia without diabetes, but these are rare.
Before you go, make sure you read through the comments section below. The community has left some amazing research, stories, and tips for dealing with hypoglycemia. Nanda especially has done a lot of research that's tremendously useful.
Another great resource is this Hub on Hypoglycemia from Conrad.
Dealing with Reactive Hypoglycemia
Reactive Hypoglycemia is a condition described as recurrent episodes of symptomatic hypoglycemia occurring 2–4 hours after a high carbohydrate meal. Unfortunately for the general public, reactive hypoglycemia is a condition that seems to be very often misdiagnosed by doctors. If you read the comments below, you'll see how many people had to figure out for themselves that they had an unnaturally high sensitivity to certain foods that would cause their blood sugar levels to become highly imbalanced. If you think that you have hypoglycemia without diabetes, then you're definitely not alone. Unfortunately, with this sort of condition, it's not always possible to know right off the bat which kinds of foods and habits will throw your body into an episode of hypoglycemia. That's why one of the best things a person can do is to keep a food journal. With a food journal, you can write down what you ate and how it affected your body. Foods and habits that seem to cause a bad reaction in your blood sugar can be documented so that you can try not to duplicate the process. Slowly but surely, you'll be able to discover what kinds of foods and habits lead to stable blood sugar levels.
Changing your eating habits and making sure to eat more nutritionally dense foods is a great step in learning to deal with reactive hypoglycemia. But there are a few other steps that might help along the way as well. One of those is glucose regulation. There are a number of different natural supplements that use herbs, minerals, and other natural ingredients to help the body better balance blood sugar levels. I've done a lot of research to find the best glucose regulation supplement, and the product I've listed below is both cheap and effective. It's also from a very reputable brand, Source Naturals. Clinical trials have shown that Holy Basil can help to stabilize blood sugar levels when supplemented. It's a powerful adaptogenic herb that's used extensively in India and Ayurvedic medicine.
One thing that many of the commenters have noted is that magnesium can be a very effective tool for calming the body down from a hypoglycemic attack. Magnesium is a powerful relaxer, and since two of the biggest symptoms of hypoglycemia are shaking and anxiety, magnesium supplements can really help. I had never made this connection until a few commenters below informed me that taking magnesium supplements had really helped them. Magnesium is just great in general. It's involved in over 350 processes in the human body and is essential to life. Here's a link to a form of magnesium that's especially calming.
Other Causes of Hypoglycemia without Diabetes
As we discussed in the first section, people are becoming more and more wary of diabetes and the early warning signs of the condition in order to help prevent it before the condition becomes permanent. In order to be able to do that, you need to be able to distinguish between hypoglycemia that comes from diabetes, and hypoglycemia that arises from other factors. Here are some of the other factors that may cause hypoglycemia:
1. Excessive Alcohol Consumption
- You don't need to be a doctor to know that too much alcohol is hazardous to your health. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause hypoglycemia. Why is that? When your body processes sugars and releases them into the bloodstream, some of the sugar is stored as glycogen in your liver and released slowly over time. Because we all know that alcohol heavily affects the liver, and one of those effects is that the liver is inhibited from releasing its stored sugar back into the bloodstream.
2. Some Medications
- Some medications can cause hypoglycemia. Some antidepressants, Quinine, and other things can cause hypoglycemia. Read the labels for side effects.
3. Hormone Imbalance
- Insulin release and production is regulated by hormones. Hormones are produced and regulated by your endocrine system. Your endocrine system, when healthy, is in a state of homeostasis, meaning balance. But a wide variety of things can throw your endocrine system out of balance, causing incorrect hormone production. One of the main causes of endocrine imbalance is steroid use. But there are many other causes.
- Not eating for extended periods of time can cause hypoglycemia. Blood sugar levels can drop as a response to a lack of food.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia just makes you feel nasty. Because of the fact that I've fasted before, I know what it feels like to not have enough blood sugar in your body. Everything just feels wrong and tense. Here are a few of the specific symptoms of hypoglycemia:
- Intense Hunger
- Sweating and Trembling
- Difficulty Concentrating and Speaking