Hypoglycemia (Hypoglycemia)

Hypoglycemia (hypoglycemia) – fluctuating or too low blood sugar levels. Hypoglycemia is actually the opposite of diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar). As with diabetes, with hypoglycemia the body is not able to process carbohydrates properly: sugar metabolism does not function properly. Hypoglycemia is seen by some as the precursor to diabetes mellitus. Others do not recognize hypoglycemia as a condition at all. Hypoglycemia is also written with a c; here hypoglycemia was chosen.

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is actually the opposite of diabetes mellitus . In diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. In hypoglycemia, too much insulin is produced, causing blood sugar levels to fluctuate sharply or become too low. Hypoglycemia is a frequent problem, which is not always recognized. As with diabetes, with hypoglycemia the body is unable to process carbohydrates adequately. Hypoglycemia is therefore a condition caused by too low blood sugar levels in the blood, in other words the sugar metabolism does not work properly. Hypoglycemia is considered by some to be the precursor to diabetes mellitus.
A few preliminary comments:

  • Diabetes can be an acute and life-threatening disease; this is not hypoglycemia.
  • Hypoglycemia is not always immediately recognized by doctors due to the multitude and variety of symptoms.
  • According to some (often regular doctors), hypoglycemia as a condition does not exist at all. They state that it is not a condition, but that every person simply has hypoglycaemic moments, in other words: blood sugar level fluctuations throughout the day, which simply disappear when you eat something.
  • Below we discuss the symptoms from the perspective of those who do recognize hypoglycemia as a condition.

 

Glucose and blood sugar

Everything we eat is converted by our body into glucose or blood sugar. The amount of blood sugar in our blood: the blood sugar level, decreases due to physical or mental exertion and increases due to eating.
Two hormones keep blood sugar levels in balance:

  • After eating, insulin ensures that excess sugar is stored in the liver and muscles
  • Glucagon helps to return stored sugars to the blood after exercise

In hypoglycemia, this mechanism or the balance is disturbed.

Glucose levels and blood sugar levels

Glucose level

Muscles and organs (including the brain) use glucose, a form of sugar (Greek for sweet is Gluku). Carbohydrates from food are converted into glucose by the body. The glucose level in the blood then rises.

Glycogen

With the help of the hormone insulin, glucose that is not immediately needed is converted into glycogen and stored in muscles, liver and body cells. This process causes blood sugar levels to drop. This until the body needs energy again. Then the glucose stored as glycogen is released again and the glucose level in the blood rises to provide muscles and organs with fuel.
Fluctuations in blood sugar levels (which are not directly related to diabetes) are becoming increasingly common. These fluctuations are seen by experts in this field as a direct result of prosperity and poor nutrition. They state that it is a result of a diet high in carbohydrates and sugar. In America, where this manifests itself to an even greater extent, it is referred to as a ‘carbohydrate addiction’.

Carbohydrates and sugars

Insulin

The pancreas releases the hormone insulin. The more carbohydrates and sugars eaten, the more insulin is produced and released. When larger amounts of insulin are regularly required from the body, the pancreas automatically switches to greater production and produces too much insulin, causing the glucose in the blood to decrease too much.

Hypo

An increased production of insulin can be noticed by a so-called hypo, which is a decrease in the sugar level in the blood. The pancreas is forced to ‘overproduce’ by prolonged use of too many sugars and carbohydrates, which disrupts the entire rhythm. This disturbed rhythm is called hypoglycemia .

Hypoglycemia: causes

Hypoglycemia appears to have its origins in stress, consuming too little food (nutrients) or an incorrect diet with inadequate nutrition (refined sugars and unsaturated fats). The biggest factor appears to be a sharp increase in sugar consumption. Research shows that in the Netherlands we consume an average of 100 kilos of sugar (!) per person. Not only in the form of white sugar, but also in the form of honey, candy, chocolate, soft drinks, etc.
Refined carbohydrates are used in many ready-made products and sweet snacks. These are factory concentrated sugars. Our body has difficulty processing these concentrated sugars. By consuming concentrated sugars, the pancreas is ‘stimulated’ into a rapid, much higher production of insulin than when using natural carbohydrates. This happens so quickly that too little glucose remains in the blood.
The blood sugar level then drops, causing us to immediately crave something sweet again (vicious circle). If this situation occurs repeatedly or often, the pancreas can eventually go into overdrive. The overproduction of insulin initially leads to low blood sugar levels. In the slightly longer term, this can lead to a disruption of blood sugar levels (with periods of too low levels). And then it could lead to chronic fatigue and an indeterminate ‘not feeling well’ or to hypoglycemia symptoms. If there is a weak hereditary predisposition, there is a chance that the pancreas will become exhausted and no longer be able to produce insulin, which in some cases could lead to diabetes.
Publications on hypoglycemia reveal several possible causes that may underlie its occurrence. Mentioned include:

  • Pregnancy and exhausting physical exertion (high glucose consumption causes blood sugar levels to drop)
  • Babies of Diabetic Mothers
  • Extremely Overweight
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Tumors
  • Long-term use of medication (including antibiotics), contraceptive pill (disruption of the endocrine system and blood sugar levels)
  • The presence of too many toxic substances, remnants of old infections (e.g. glandular fever, post-viral infections)
  • Weakened or malfunctioning immune system
  • Candidiasis (parasitic overload with candida albicans)
  • Allergies or intolerance to certain substances or conditions
  • Too much stress (too high workload). The adrenal glands release adrenaline when there is a lot of stress or when you are in an emergency situation. Adrenaline provides more glucose in the blood so that the entire body is put on alert. This causes the body to prepare to fight or flee. If this extra energy is not used through physical exertion, the pancreas must again supply insulin at a rapid pace. This causes damage to the organism in the long term, because it cannot relax. However, if the adrenal glands are exhausted due to long-term tension (stress, high workload and anxiety), the blood sugar level remains too low.
  • A number of endocrine glands appear to be involved in hypoglycemia, namely: the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, pineal gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, thymus gland, adrenal glands and ovaries/testes. When the hypothalamus is out of balance, the consequences often appear to manifest themselves in addictions to food (sweets), alcohol and drugs. Overactive adrenal glands also seem to have a lot to do with hypoglycemia.

 

Hypoglycemia symptoms

Symptoms or characteristics may include: an indefinable feeling of illness, fatigue (a lot of yawning), nervousness, hunger, restlessness, dizziness (tendency to faint), palpitations, tingling in the fingertips and feet, blurred vision, trembling, poor concentration, feeling cold quickly , low blood pressure, excessive sweating, tinnitus, feelings of confusion and anxiety and sudden outbursts of anger.

Rise and fall blood sugar

There may also be a sudden and strong craving for something sweet or savory. When blood sugar levels rise, hormones must be produced to lower blood sugar levels. This drop can in turn lead to low blood sugar levels. Result: after half an hour, a lethargic and lethargic feeling arises (yawning) and a strong need for something savory or sweet (soft drink or candy) arises to raise the blood sugar level again. This is ultimately a vicious circle.

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