Hypoglycemia is another word for low blood sugar. If the system regulating blood glucose control becomes disrupted, hypo or hyperglycemia can present. Due to the prevalence of poor dietary patterns in the western world, this is a very common condition in the modern world.
+ Reactive Hypoglycemia
This is the more common form of hypglycemia. It involves the development of hypoglycemic symptoms 3-5 hours after a meal, and is a common result of antidiabetic drugs.
Some experts recommend referring to this form of hypoglycemia as increased glycemic volatility or idiopathic postprandial syndrome simply because glucose numbers in themselves are not reliable indicators of hypoglycemic symptoms. Some people with blood glucose levels below 2.9 mmol/L show no symptoms, while others with normal or elevated glucose levels can show hypoglycemic symptoms.
+ Fasting Hypoglycemia
This form of hypoglycemia is rare and shows up as a result of severe disease states including pancreatic tumors, severe liver damage, prolonged starvation, excessive insulin intake (type I diabetics), or various forms of cancer.
- C-reactive protein (CRP) is often elevated in hypoglycemics
- Oral Glucose Tolerance Testing (OGTT)
- Continuous Glucose monitoring
5. Dietary Considerations
- ↑ Fiber
- ↑ Chromium
- ↓ Processed Carbohydrates
- ↓ Alcohol
Consequences Of Hypoglycemia
- Aggressive behaviour
- Premenstrual Syndrome
- Migraine Headaches
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Updated: November 2017
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