February Newsletter 2010 – Hypoglycemia

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in Ailments/Diseases, Emotional/Mental/Spiritual Health, Newsletters, Women's Health | 1 comment

Hypoglycemia

A Condition to Take Seriously

Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when your blood sugar (glucose) is too low. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) usually occurs while fasting or in between meals. Reactive hypoglycemia is low blood sugar that occurs after a meal – usually one to three hours after eating.

Hypoglycemia occurs when:

    • Your body’s sugar (glucose) is used up too quickly
    • Glucose is released into the bloodstream too slowly
    • Too much insulin is released into the bloodstream

 

Glucose, an important source of energy for the body, comes from food. Carbohydrates are the main dietary source of glucose. After a meal, glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to the body’s cells. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas in response to increased glucose levels in the blood and reduces blood sugar. If a person takes in more glucose than the body needs at a certain time, the body stores the extra glucose in the liver and muscles as glycogen, which the body can then use for energy between meals. Extra glucose can also be changed to fat, which is stored in fat cells, and which the body may also use for energy.

When blood glucose begins to fall, glucagon (another hormone made by the pancreas) signals the liver to break down glycogen and release glucose into the bloodstream. Blood glucose will then rise toward a normal level. Normal blood sugar levels range between 83-75 mg/dL.

Offenders That Offset Blood Sugar Levels:

    • Alcohol
    • Coffee
    • Fruit Juices
    • Soft drinks
    • Refined sugar (ice cream, chocolate, candy)
    • Stress
    • Artificial sweeteners
    • White flour (bread, pastry, donuts, pasta)

 

Symptoms of mild hypoglycemia

Symptoms of mild low blood sugar occur when blood sugar falls below 70 mg/dL:

  • Nausea
  • Extreme hunger
  • Feeling nervous or jittery
  • Cold, clammy, wet skin and/or excessive sweating not caused by exercise
  • A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Numbness or tingling of the fingertips or lips
  • Trembling
  • Decreased alertness
  • Craving sweets
  • Different size pupils
  • Muscle pain

Moderate hypoglycemia

If blood sugar continues to fall, the nervous system will be affected. Symptoms that occur when the blood sugar falls below 55 mg/dL:

  • Mood changes, such as irritability, restlessness, or anger
  • Confusion, difficulty in thinking, or inability to concentrate
  • Blurred vision, anxiety, dizziness, lightheadedness or headache
  • Weakness, lack of energy
  • Poor coordination
  • Difficulty walking or talking, such as staggering or slurred speech
  • Fatigue, lethargy, or drowsiness
  • Memory loss
  • Hallucinations
  • Fainting
  • Paleness
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Vomiting
  • Panic attacks

Severe hypoglycemia

The symptoms of severe low blood sugar develop when blood sugar falls below 35 mg/dL to 40 mg/dL:

  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Loss of consciousness, coma
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia) 
Suggestions to Stabilize and Balance Blood Sugar:
  • Eat small meals and snacks every 2-3 hours
  • Limit total carbohydrate intake to 25-50 grams/day and eat only whole grains
  • Include protein with every meal
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take a supplement to help stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce carbohydrate/sugar cravings. I suggest Gluco abx by Apex Energetics, which should be taken 1-2 capsules 3x/day with meals. To order, call 1-800-736-4381 or 949-251-0152 (international orders) and set up an account using P2017.
  • Avoid alcohol, refined carbohydrates (pasta, white rice, breads, and white flour products), potatoes, corn, caffeine, refined sugars and natural sweeteners such as honey and agave nectar
  • Avoid sugary foods on an empty stomach

 

Sami’s Bakery

 

 

Sami’s Bakery in Florida has millet/flax breads and crackers that are
acceptable for those on a candida and/or gluten-free diet. They will ship to you.
Go to:

http://www.samisbakery.com

  • Millet & Flax Plain Chips
  • Millet & Flax Bread
  • Millet & Flax Spinach Lavash
  • Millet & Flax Spinach Piet
  • Millet & Flax Garlic Chips

 

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  1. I have not used this in my practice so I don’t have feedback for you. The ingredients looks fine. I would not take if you have mitral valve prolapse or any heart murmurs.

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