Causes of Hypoglycemia

What are the causes of hypoglycemia for a diabetic? Have you ever had hypoglycemia? We all, may have had low blood sugar at some time in our lives. Hypoglycemia is characterized by a feeling of weakness or shakiness.

The traditional treatments of type 2 diabetes tend to make us a more susceptible to getting attacks of hypoglycemia. This is due to the excess insulin in our systems, required to overcome the insulin resistance many type 2 diabetics have. Those on these medicines have an impaired response to low glucose.

The diabetic pills our doctor prescribed us, causes our pancreas to excrete more insulin. If you take insulin shots they also cause us to burn up our available glucose. If we haven’t eaten for a while we can run low on energy. Our bodies and brains require glucose to function.

Hypoglycemia is when the sugar (glucose) levels in our bodies, drops too low, too quickly.

We may have these symptoms:

Become Anxious
Blurred Vision
Become Confused
Become Weak
Get Shaky
Get Very Tired
Start Sweating
Turn Pale

This symptoms are to warn us to eat something right away to raise our glucose levels. Type 2 diabetics should always keep a snack with them when traveling. I usually keep diabetes snack bars in my glove box when traveling by car.

I keep a piece or two of lower glycemic index fruit nearby, for a mid afternoon, between meals, pick me up. Diabetics tolerate fruits better in the afternoon when active. To counteract low blood sugar simply eat some food.

If your sugars have dropped unexpectedly you can raise your sugar quickly with a piece of candy, fruit or a food bar. My favorite is an apple. See why in my article An Apple A Day.

The best defense for hypoglycemia is to eat small meals several times a day. Perhaps every 2-3 hours. While many so called, normal people eat 3 times a day, it is better for blood sugar normalization, to eat with more of a grazing lifestyle.

I had a daughter who ate like this. She still does. She was always in the fridge grabbing celery, carrots, an apple or something. She did not eat a lot at a time, but she was eating small amounts, all day. She was the healthiest, and thinnest child of my 4 children. She still is, even after having 2 children of her own.

Skipping meals, or spacing them too far apart, can be some of the causes of hypoglycemia. Exercising, or exerting yourself too hard may also be problematic. Exercising is good for diabetes but should not be extreme.

If you start feeling a symptom of low blood sugar, and you’re not sure whether your sugar is low, do a quick blood test. If your blood sugar reading is 70 or less, you need to eat something, right away.

Symptoms should not be ignored. Very low blood sugar can cause you to pass out or be life threatening.

Ranges of normal blood sugars are:

Fasting after a nights sleep a 70-99 mg/dL is normal.

After meals (1 hour) readings of 70 to 130 mg/dL are normal.

Other medical conditions you have that require medication, may be one of the causes of hypoglycemia.

Never drive if your blood sugars are low. Keeping an extra food bar, or two in the glove box, may be a lifesaver. Be sure you take your glucose test kit with you when traveling.

For an idea of foods that will give you a stable blood sugar see our article Best Foods For Diabetics. These foods release their sugars slowly. They help you maintain more balanced blood sugar levels.

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