Suffering From Hypoglycemia?

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Suffering From Hypoglycemia?

By: Shannon Lueck


Hypoglycemia is an abnormally low level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. This can be caused by a sudden rise in glucose in the blood due to sweets and other sweeteners. This then leads to a sudden drop once the sweets or sweeteners are no longer in the blood system. Too much insulin released into the blood system can also cause it. Diabetes on the other hand is just the opposite and is an abnormally high level of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Learn more about hypoglycemia at:

Hypoglycemia Website


When someone is suffering from a hypoglycemic attack, the glucose level in the body is too low to effectively fuel the body's blood cells. Since all the cells of the body, especially the brain cells, use glucose for fuel, a blood glucose level that is too low starves the cells of needed fuel, causing both physical and emotional symptoms.

The normal range of blood sugar is approximately 60 to 120 mg/dl (milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood). When the level is below 45 mg/dl, a serious condition is suspected.

Hypoglycemia may be a condition by itself, or may be a complication of diabetes or other disorders. It is most often seen as a complication of diabetes (due to the fact that many doctors don't recognize hypoglycemia without diabetes as true illness), which is sometimes referred to as insulin reaction.


The following are the most common symptoms of hypoglycemia. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. In most cases, the symptoms will go away once you eat (especially if you eat sweets). Eating sweets however is not the best way to deal with hypoglycemia.

THESE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE (but are not limited to): - Headaches - Dizziness - Uncontrollable cravings - Inner trembling - Body feels weak - Fatigue - Sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason - A craving for sweets - Cold hands and feet - Forgetfulness - Blurred vision - Irritability - Shakiness - Sudden hunger - Crying spells - Insomnia - Mental Confusion - Nervousness - Faintness - Depression - Heart Palpitations - Family history of low blood sugar or diabetes - Exhaustion - Low libido (sex drive) - Inability to concentrate - Waking up tired and exhausted - Indecisiveness - PMS or premenstrual syndrome


How do you know if you are hypoglycemic or not? Is there anyway to test to see if you are?

What amazes me is that the answer is no. There is no standard way to test for hypoglycemia (although a small amount of doctors use a glucose test).

According to recent research, it is estimated that there are close to 100 million people in the United Sates alone that are suffering from hypoglycemia and many of them don't know it. With that many possible cases, wouldn't you think that they'd come up with a way to test for the disease?

If you are suffering from any or many of the symptoms listed above, yes, you COULD be hypoglycemic.

You should consult your doctor to rule out any other possible diseases, but don't allow the doctor to take over. You must be proactive in your approach and go with your gut feeling if the doctors tell you that you're fine.

About The Author

Shannon Lueck

Teaching others how to conquer their symptoms of hypoglycemia


rea_dm 27.06.2008. 16:51

Is Hypoglycemia and Bad Acne connected? how do i control those raging hormones? I've had really bad acne for almost ten years now. i've also been suffering from hypoglycemia for alittle while. I think I have some sort of chemical imbalance, or hormonal imbalance.


Admin 27.06.2008. 16:51

I have never had an acne problem, I of course went through my teenage years where I would break out in high school. I'm now 21 and only get a few spots here and there. I also have hypoglycemia (very sever hypoglycemia) for the past 8 months. My skin has not suffered any from my blood sugar. Its about the only thing that hasn't been affected. Unless you count being too confused and exhausted to wash my face before I pass out at 8 pm after work lol. Hypoglycemia doesn't have anything to do with the hormones that cause pimples as far as I know. I've done research and talked to my doc. alot. but then everyone's body is different. I would just think that they are unrelated based on the different things that cause the two conditons.


Jedi Senshi 24.06.2010. 05:22

Can having high cholesterol cause borderline diabetes? I recently I have learned that I have borderline diabetes. I have always had low blood sugar and occasionally suffer hypoglycemia when I don't eat properly. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol a few years ago but have been trying to control it with diet. The question is ; can having high cholesterol cause borderline diabetes? Will taking a cholesterol lowering drug help lower my blood sugar?

Jedi Senshi

Admin 24.06.2010. 05:22

The evidence is unclear as to the exact connection between high cholesterol and diabetes. The cluster of conditions that include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and larger-than-average waist line measurements is called "metabolic syndrome". It is believed that all of these conditions may be related to dysfunctions in the way the body metabolizes sugar and fat but, so far, research has not established the chemical pathways that link all of these conditions. Your best strategy is to eat low fat, high fiber foods such as green vegetables and fish to battle both diabetes and high cholesterol.


Lolly 03.05.2007. 13:45

Can someone who had type 2 diabetes but got rid of it with diet and exercise, now suffer from hypoglycemia? My friend was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes years ago, but lost 50 poiunds through ongoing diet and exercise and the doc said she basically doesn't have it anymore. Then she started experiencing shakiness and other symptoms in between meals that goes away with food. The doctor said she is likely suffering from hypoglycemia.

Thoughts/feedback on this?


Admin 03.05.2007. 13:45

I am a person who HAD diabetes, for many, many years. I started out taking a pill for diabetes then progressed to insulin.

I have lost over 100 pounds through dieting and careful management of the foods that I eat. I was TOLD by my doctor that diabetes can indeed be reversed. Diabetes CAN be a thing of the past.

I no longer take insulin and no longer take any medication for Daibetes. IF I were to resume my past lifestyle, I could easily suffer from Diabetes again. I have a strong family history of diabetes. CAN reverse that trend, by always being careful of the foods you eat and test your glucose level on occasion to make sure that your glucose level remains under 140.

Hypoglycemia became an issue for me when I lost all that weight, which is WHY my doctor finally removed me from insulin AND the diabetes pills. So the answer to your question is...YES you can suffer from hypoglycemia, after having diabetes AND you can suffer from hypo, even if you HAVE diabetes.

Since I was told that I no longer had diabetes, I have to disagree with the answers you have received. I was just told that I was susceptible to getting diabetes again, if my physical condition (weight or poor eating habits) were to return.

Congratulations to your friend for her weight loss. Tell her to keep a check on her glucose levels since she IS having symptoms of low blood levels. (Which her doctor already told her) Remind her to eat several small meals, everyday and carry a piece of candy with her at all times, if she has any more symptoms of shakiness, etc. Then...for her to have a small meal. This will help her glucose level AND her weight.

Best Wishes to you both. Heather


legrandrosbif 19.11.2008. 14:01

What is US immigration policy regarding people who have defaulted on payment of a hospital bill? Two years ago I suffered from hypoglycemia at Detroit International Airport and was taken to hospital for a few hours. Unfortunately I had no insurance and was eventually presented with a bill for $4,777 for X-rays and pain killers (I broke 3 ribs and my wrist for which little treatment was offered). I was in no position to pay for the teatment and the hospital decided to take no further action but they did warn me that I would not be allowed entry back into the USA whilst the bill was unpaid. Can anybody tell me if this is true, please?


Admin 19.11.2008. 14:01

100% false. ICE is NOT connected to the credit bureaus and unless you were charged with a felony or other serious crime, the answer is no.


Emiko W 11.12.2012. 07:01

Is there a specific diet for those who suffer from hypoglycemia? I've been getting symptoms of hypoglycemia for the past month or so (starts with feeling light headed, followed by trembling hands and fatigue), and want to know if there is a good diet to get started on. Also, how frequently should someone with hypoglycemia eat? I heard 5 small meals per day is a good start, but not sure.
I am physically fit, not overweight, and generally eat a good diet. I haven't seen a doctor to get a diagnosis, but all of the symptoms I get fit into the hypoglycemia descriptions.

Emiko W

Admin 11.12.2012. 07:01

YES ; there a specific diet for those who have hypoglycemia

Ask your doctor


luivalor2005 29.12.2008. 23:53

What causes anxiety or pannic attacks, I mean not only stress, but some illnes or medical conditions? I suffer reactive hypoglycemia, I lost about 20% of my hearing in my right ear and I was diagnosed with Chron's decease and later told that was a severe infection in the final portion of the small intestine called Ilium, I'm 31 years old I have no prior symptoms of anxiety and I was searching and found that this may cause or trigger the attacks, has anyone heard about seredyn to end the attacks.


Admin 29.12.2008. 23:53

Like many other mental health conditions, social anxiety disorder likely arises from a complex interaction of environment and genes. Researchers continue to study possible causes, including:
?Genes. Researchers are seeking out specific genes that play a role in anxiety and fear. Social anxiety disorder seems to run in families. But it?s not clear whether that hereditary component is related to genetics or to anxious behavior you learn from other family members.
?Biochemistry. Researchers are exploring the idea that natural chemicals in your body may play a role in social anxiety disorder. For instance, an imbalance in the brain chemical serotonin (ser-oh-TOE-nin) could be a factor. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, helps regulate mood and emotions, among other things. People with social anxiety disorder may be extra-sensitive to the effects of serotonin.
?Fear responses. Some research suggests that a structure in the brain called the amygdala (uh-MIG-duh-luh) may play a role in controlling the fear response. People who have an overactive amygdala may have a heightened fear response, causing increased anxiety in social situations.
Risk factors
Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common of all mental disorders. Up to 13 percent of people in Western countries experience social anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Social anxiety disorder usually begins in the early to midteens, although it can sometimes begin earlier in childhood or in adulthood.
A number of factors can increase the risk of developing social anxiety disorder, including:
?Your sex. About twice as many women as men have social anxiety disorder.
?Family history. Some research indicates that you?re more likely to develop social anxiety disorder if your biological parents or siblings have the condition.
?Environment. Some experts theorize that social anxiety disorder is a learned behavior. That is, you may develop the condition after witnessing the anxious behavior of others. In addition, there may be an association between social anxiety disorder and parents who are more controlling or protective of their children.
?Negative experiences. Children who experience teasing, bullying, rejection, ridicule or humiliation may be more prone to social anxiety disorder. In addition, other negative events in life, such as family conflict or sexual abuse, may be associated with social anxiety disorder.
?Temperament. Children who are shy, timid, withdrawn or restrained when facing new situations or people may be at greater risk.
?New social or work demands. Meeting new people, giving a speech in public or making an important work presentation may trigger social anxiety disorder symptoms for the first time. These symptoms usually have their roots in adolescence, however.


Aric 22.04.2012. 01:06

is it normal to pee a lot when you drink 2-3 liters of water a day? Ok bear with me, I ask this as I suffer from hypoglycemia and my mothers side of the family struggles with type 1 diabetes. So, I am trying to distinguish from normal urination to - excessive urination like diabetics struggle with.

I try to drink about 2-3 liters of water a day, and I pee about 6 times a day. Is this normal? My urine does not have a smell to it and it is clear.


Admin 22.04.2012. 01:06

Yes normal if you are drinking that much water.


mexicanredshirt 31.03.2006. 18:30

What are some practical ways to avoid severe conditions of Hypoglycemia? My g-friend suffers severe conditions of hypoglycemia such as becoming incoherent and lethargic. What should I do when this occurs and what are things she can do to prevent these symptons before they occur.


Admin 31.03.2006. 18:30

The blood glucose level may fall too low or too fast. Some people then experience the symptoms of hypoglycemia.

Some snack and meal suggestions that meet the goal of including a complex carbohydrate, a protein source and fat include:

yogurt and fruit
cottage cheese and crackers
turkey, cheese slices and veggies on a salad
salad with beans added
peanut butter and crackers
low fat cheese and crackers
bean soup and crackers
low fat cheese on bake potato
bagel and lowfat cream cheese

Eat at least three regularly spaced meals 3 to 5 hours apart) daily. Include snacks if needed. Eat at the same time each day. Avoid skipping meals. This can be accomplished without weight gain by staying at a healthy caloric intake (distribute total calories throughout the day). Avoid sugar and foods and beverages containing sugar, especially on an empty stomach. An occasional sweet food consumed in a small amount with a meal may be tolerated.

Include at each meal or snack:

Complex carbohydrate: fruit,vegetable,starch or grain product.
Protein source: lowfat meat, lowfat dairy product, legume, peanut butter.
Fat source: oil, margarine,lowfat mayonnaise (fats may be hidden in carbohydrate and protein). Use these fats sparingly. Distribute meals and snack calories as evenly as possible throughout the day.
Limit alcohol. Drink alcohol only with food and only with health care providers approval.

Avoid caffeine (in coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate)

Eat 1 to 3 hours before exercise. Extra calories may be needed before exercise to compensate for calories burned.


Yarely 26.09.2012. 17:22

How do I know if my puppy is suffering from hypoglycemia? What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia? A lot of people have been telling me my puppy might be suffering from this since she can't walk right or run & is always shaking.


Eric S 26.07.2007. 19:38

If you have hypoglycemia can it cause you to have major anxiety problems ? I think I may have hypoglycemia and I find in the morning I could throw up after eating breakfast. But I know I have to eat it or I will be really hungry later. I can sleep through alarms easily, and become tired and light headed easily. I can get dizzy easily. I crave sugar like in juices and drink juice alot. I am constantly hungry and I also crave things like carbs whether is bread or crackers etc. I also cannot keep my hands still. It shakes, and the shaking varies from a little to almost uncontrollable. I also find if I am about to do something that creates pressure like and exam or a presentation I shake uncontrollably. As well every once and a while I want to say something but I pronounce or say the word wrong. Could this be hypoglycemia? Could it cause uncontrollable trembling and shakiness went it comes to the pressure situations? I mean I have done lots of exams before but it always occurs.

Eric S

Admin 26.07.2007. 19:38

My daughter has hypoglycemia as well.. I also suffer from this. Here is the scoop on hypoglycemia. It is caused by a less-than-normal am't of glucose in the blood because the pancreas is secreting to much insulin. or by dietary deficiency. The condition may result in weakness, headache, hunger, visual disturbances, anxiety, personality changes and if untreated,, delirium, coma and death. The treatment is the administration of glucose in orange juice by mouth if the person is conscious or in an IV glucose solution if the person in unconscious. There are meds that treat this condition and you should see your MD as soon as possible. you don't want to let this get out of hand. I am the same way about eating in the morning, it makes me sick, but you're right, you do get hungry. I too have problems pronouncing words, and shake, I am not as bad as you are. but please get it checked out


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