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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia - hy-po-gly-ce-mi-a (n.)

An abnormally low level of sugar in the blood.


Red Blood Cells

I was recently diagnosed with
Hypoglycemia among a number of other ailments after attending an appointment for a live blood analysis on the recommendation of my homeopath. Blood was taken from my arm (I hate that) to check for food allergies following a fast of 24 hours. I was then ushered into another room to have my two pinkies pricked and blood drawn onto the slide. Instantly the technician noticed that my blood took on a pinkish shade instead of being red coloured and she asked if I was anaemic. She was spot on.

The live blood analysis is amazing; I watch my blood cells dance around the screen. My red cells were noticeably far from perfect, they should be round and consistent in shape. Mine was big, small and odd shaped and the technician said they were few in number. This may occur in various anaemias eg. Iron deficiency and Thalassemia.

She checked out my white blood cells, again not too good. I was told that I also had a weakness in my immune system. Other imbalances were detected and I will share those with you in other articles regarding health and disease.

In this article I’ll discuss Hypoglycemia.

SO WHAT IS HYPOGLYCEMIA?

By Jurriaan Plesman BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr



Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar level. This term is used to describe a metabolic disorder that may manifest itself in a variety of physical and 'psychological' symptoms. One must understand that glucose is a source of both physical (muscle) and mental (brain) energy. The brain, representing only 2 percent by weight of the body, has no energy stores of its own. It requires about 60 per cent percent of the all available glucose in the body and consumes about 120 grams per days regardless of whether we are asleep or awake. About one teaspoon of glucose is available in the blood at any time. Many doctors believe that Hypoglycemia is due to ‘insulin resistance’, which it shares with diabetes.
As in diabetes, when a patient injects excess insulin, it causes the blood glucose concentrations to crash. This happens in non-diabetic Hypoglycemia when the body produces too much insulin called hyperinsulinism. Consequently any extreme fluctuation in the supply of glucose to the brain will inevitably affect our emotions, feelings and personality. The symptoms of hypoglycemia may mimic and even cause many psychological and physical disorders some of which are shown in the following list in order of frequency and as reported by hypoglycemics;

 

Nervousness, irritability, exhaustion,
Faintness, dizziness, tremors, cold sweats,
Depression, migraine headaches, insomnia, digestive disturbances,
Forgetfulness, mood swings, anxiety, aggression, violence, anti-social behaviour,
Sugar addiction, drug addiction and alcoholism,
Mental confusion, limited attention span, learning disability,
lack of concentration,
Itching and crawling sensation on skin, blurred vision, nightmares,
Phobias, fears and neurodermatitis, nervous breakdown,
Bedwetting and hyperactivity in children

 

I can identify with some of the above symptoms; however, I had  put my symptoms down to stress and did not realise I had a metabolic disorder.

In brief the nutritional treatment of the hypoglycaemic condition consists of:

1) Avoidance of sugar, coffee, strong tea, nicotine if possible, refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice, cakes and sugary drinks etc.
2) High protein + complex carbohydrates snacks every three hours or sooner, to provide a slow release of glucose, and to prevent the hypoglycaemic dip. A high protein breakfast must be considered the most important meal of the day. Good sources of proteins are eggs, white meat as in chicken and fish. Eat plenty of green vegetables and fruits and the more varied the diet the better it is.
3) Supplementation of diet with Anti-stress vitamin B-Complex tablets, including chromium, zinc + Vitamin C.

A rule of thumb is: "Is what you are about to eat nature-made or man-made?" Nature-made food consists usually of complex carbo-hydrates and proteins, the kind of food that we were meant to eat. There are exceptions, such as sugary fruits; melons, honey, dates and bananas. These can be re-introduced into the diet after some time in moderation.

When you change your diet suddenly, you may be left with low blood sugar levels, without the highs, causing depression, fatigue and worsening the symptoms initially. These are withdrawal symptoms that should not last longer than a week or so. Nevertheless, these unpleasant feelings can be alleviated, by taking a tablespoon of glycerine mixed in milk or diluted natural fruit juice or better still in a glass of water three times a day. When glycerine is metabolised into "energy" in the liver, it by-passes glucose, and is therefore not recognized by the pancreas as sugar. Hypoglycemia is a stress symptom. This causes potassium to be excreted in the urine and salt to be retained. Adelle Davis suggests that the unpleasant feelings of Hypoglycemia may be relieved by taking potassium chloride tablets. Avocado contains an odd sugar called mannoheptulose, which may actually depress insulin production. Apart from avocado there are many other herbs that can help regulate blood sugar levels.

So now, on the advice of my homeopathy (who is also a qualified dietician), I try to eat 6 small meals a day including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. I am trying to force myself to eat lambs fry as it is apparently a rich source of Iron which I severely lack. I’m trying to avoid sugar but I do crave chocolate.

 
Cranberries            Lambs Fry          Fresh Vegetables

I’m also taking enzymes, mega antioxidants and multiminerals (as well as adhering to a varied and balanced diet, trying to anyway).

If you have some of the above symptoms, it’s advisable to seek medical advice.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

 

Lana ! | Friday, February 15, 2008 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink | back to top

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My Sites are for useful irtonmafion about Type 2 diabetes.Some basic irtonmafion is provided on Type 1 diabetes for comparison purposes only with Type 2 diabetes.There is useful irtonmafion about Diet, Lifestyle, Exercise, Diabetes Education, Health Checkups
and Monitoring Blood SugarsI am a Type 3 diabetic (I have family and friends with Type I and Type II diabetes who I have helped for about 25 years).I studied for a PhD in Medicine from an Australian University in the 1980s.
Posted: 23-Apr-2012 10:19 AM | Megga |

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