What to do if You Have Hypoglycemia


Hypoglycemia is a condition involving a low blood sugar level. It usually affects adults and children over 10 years of age. Symptoms include feeling tired, fatigued, anxious, hungry, light-headed, sometimes with excessive perspiration and/or dizziness.

Most cases of hypoglycemia happen with diabetics. A reaction might not be serious and eating carbohydrate rich food or drinking sugar can usually take care of it. However, these potential symptoms should not be ignored, because if it is ignored, it may cause a person to lose consciousness.

Hypoglycemia also affects people who are not diabetic. It can occur when someone is fasting or has gone without food for a while, and may even be associated or confused with another illness or possibly certain medications. And some hypoglycemia happens within about 4 hours of eating a meal and may actually be caused from processed foods or refined sugars.

What to do to keep from getting hypoglycemia. Ironically, avoiding sugar seems to help the most. Oftentimes, this is easier said than actually done. Just stop eating any simple sugars. Try it and you may find a significant change in your energy levels. Also try eating small meals frequently, with 4-5 small meals throughout the day and be sure to have some fiber also. Regular exercise can help, with your workouts being 3-4 times a week for around 45 minutes at a time.

If you suffer from hypoglycemia, there are some precautions that you should think about doing. You could wear a bracelet with the condition on it in case of emergencies, and your local pharmacy should have them for sale. Notify your friends and co-workers about your symptoms so they can watch out for you and remind you to eat when you appear to become irritable or fatigued. Keep snacks on hand and remember to eat regularly to keep your blood sugar levels consistent. Be sure to limit alcohol consumption. And always check your glucose levels before using heavy machinery, driving or doing anything strenuous.

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Jessica Deets researches the internet and writes articles of interest for people. The Hypoglycemia News website has news, information, resources, articles and a blog at www.hypoglycemianews.com . Feel free to stop by and leave your comments on our blog.

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