On Having Low Blood Sugar

Normally, we do not run to the doctor every time we feel some discomfort or some pain.  Unless a condition makes it almost impossible for us to move about or generally interferes with our daily work, we just shrug the pain until it fades.  We turn to some painkillers or paracetamols or simply take a rest and hope things turn out better after we have slept. But some symptoms just keep on coming back, right?

Let’s see…do you frequently experience these symptoms?

  • dizziness
  • pangs of hunger
  • headaches
  • shakes
  • weakness or feeling of being over-fatigued
  • stuttering
  • sweaty palms
  • irritability
  • Heart palpitations
  • Visual disturbances, such as double vision and blurred vision
  • loss of concentration ability
  • confusion and inability to complete tasks
  • anger outbursts
  • a few times you may actually  pass out
  • a feeling of being depressed
  • tingling sensation around the mouth
  • momentary mood swings
  • Seizures, though uncommon
  • feel as if you will pass out/actually lose consciousness at times though not common

Chances are, you might have a condition of having low blood sugar; otherwise known also as hypoglycemia.  Low blood sugar is not a disease; however, it is a symptom of what is occurring in the body when your digestive system processes your meals.

You see, our body needs a steady supply of sugar (glucose) in order to function at its best. If our glucose levels become too low, as occurs with hypoglycemia, we may experience the above-mentioned effects on our brains and eventually manifest in our body.

So when do we get low blood sugar?

After we have finished a meal, over the next hour and a half our body may recognize that our blood sugar level is high.  In order to neutralize this, our pancreas creates insulin to bring it down to a more normal zone that is physiologically acceptable.  But, if we have consumed too many carbohydrates for our body to handle  or eat foods which are too high on the Glycemic Index Diet, our pancreas may respond by releasing a higher than normal amount of insulin which may cause  our blood glucose levels to go down.  As  result, we may end up  with low blood glucose symptoms.

There are a number of reasons why this may happen, the most common being a side effect of drugs used for the treatment of diabetes. Hypoglycemia in people without diabetes is, however,  much less common and the causes may include the following:  medications, excessive alcohol consumption, some critical illnesses, insulin overproduction or endocrine deficiencies.

Another thing to ponder on; if we don’t eat for several hours and our blood sugar level drops, another hormone from our pancreas called glucagon signals our liver to break down the stored glycogen and release glucose back into our bloodstream. This keeps our blood sugar level within a normal range until we eat again; however, refrain from repeatedly skipping  meals.

I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia; to make my low blood sugar symptoms disappear, I eat some candies  or desserts or drink a beverage which contains carbohydrates like  juice, especially when some symptoms become felt.

Important reminder:  These signs and symptoms aren’t specific to hypoglycemia as there may be other causes.   To be sure, have an intravenous blood sample test to determine your blood sugar level.  It’s the only way to know for sure that hypoglycemia is the cause of those  worrisome symptoms.

Web Sources:

Low Blood Sugar: How Serious Is It? What Are The Symptoms?