Some people have a tendency to develop low blood sugar levels which can cause extreme weakness. In a normal person, fasting blood sugar levels are 70 to 100mg/100ml and 2 hours after food, blood sugar levels are between 100 to 140mg/l00ml.
Some of these persons get up in the morning with headache and weakness which gets better with tea. Two hours after breakfast, they again get the feeling of Ghabrahat, palpitation, sweating and restlessness (Funny Turns) and these symptoms persist till the person eats something. These symptoms are due to low blood glucose-medical name is hypoglycemia. Blood sugar level are usually less than 60mg/l00ml.
Many people may be suffering from this condition but they are rarely diagnosed. Most of the time these patients are diagnosed having heart problems and referred to cardiologist or referred to psychiatrist for the treatment of depressions or anxiety.
If the blood sugar is tested during these episodes, it would be below the normal range, i.e. usually less then 60mg/l00ml.
Large number of otherwise normal people occasionally become pale, weak, sweaty (sweating) when meals are due and such people report benefit from advice to take regular snacks between meals. True hypoglycemia may devdop after food in the presence of alcohol which stimulates 'B' cells of pancreas gland to produce exaggerated response to carbohydrates. Persons who consume alchoholic beverages like Beer or other alcoholic drink in place of lunch are potentially at risk of developing hypoglycaem ia.
The feelings people have when they are having low blood sugar are due to two things. First, the Brain itself cannot work properly when the blood glucose fall below 55 mgllOO ml and secondly, the body reacts to low blood glucose by producing hormones (mainly adrenalin) which increases blood glucose.
When Brain is affected, it causes
Most people find it hard to describe how they feel but the proof is that the blood glucose is low.
What can cause hypoglycaemia
How to Prevent
Most important aspect is correction of diet. Modification of eating habits may help in resolving this problem. Change in lifestyle and behavioural modification may also help in correcting it.
One should avoid concentrated sugars/carbohydrates because 2 hours after consuming these preparations there is again rebound hypoglycaemia. By using concentrated carbohydrate preparations there is over production of insulin which further reduces blood sugar levels.
What to do
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