Help For Low Blood Sugar Problems
Imbalances of blood sugar levels in the body can cause a number of health problems. The most commonly occurring problems are associated with high blood sugar (blood glucose) levels are diabetes both Type 1 and type 2. There are times in poorly controlled diabetes when the blood glucose levels become too low, normally when too much insulin is taken. This state of low blood glucose levels is called hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia can be associated to other serious health problems. But most commonly it is experienced in a mild form, which can have a huge impact on your health.
The symptoms of mild hypoglycaemia include headaches, hunger, low energy, irritability, sweating, shakiness, palpitations, anxiety, poor concentration, and feeling worse after exercise. Extreme hypoglycaemia may include confusion, blurred vision, seizures, and loss of consciousness.
I frequently see people with a mild hypoglycaemia. They tell me their symptoms improve temporarily with sweet food, however as little as an hour or two later the same symptoms return. So sugar is not a cure for the problem but simply raises blood glucose levels. As soon as the blood sugar levels rise the body produces insulin in an attempt to lower the high sugar levels. Eating sugary food frequently is not an answer to hypoglycaemia. What you need to do is avoid all sweet sugary foods and food that quickly raise the blood sugar levels. This means no refined food such as white bread and white rice, no cakes, lollies, ice cream, biscuits, fruit juices or soft drinks. Alcohol must also be avoided as it too will also lower the blood sugar.
You need to increase your protein and good quality fats in your diet, both will help stabilise your blood sugar levels.
Nutrients I use to help stabilise blood glucose levels include Magnesium and GTF Chromium. The GTF stand for Glucose Tolerance Factor, this form of Chromium has been shown to help balance blood sugar levels. Other nutrients may also be low. Herbal medicine can help depending on other symptoms you may have.