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·        What is Hypoglycemia?

·        Testing for Hypoglycemia

·        Symptoms

·        Causes

·        Effects of Hypoglycemia

·        Suggestions

·        Avoid Refined Carbohydrates

·        Avoid Stimulants

·        Complex Carbohydrates

·        Several Small Meals

·        Similar Conditions

·       Related Conditions


What is Hypoglycemia?

"A deficiency of glucose (sugar) in the blood."

ILT: Hypoglycemia


Testing for Hypoglycemia

"Many more people believe they have hypoglycemia than actually test positive when given blood-sugar tests...

   Dr. Callaway suspects that people can experience pharmacological effects from sugar, even if blood-sugar levels remain within the normal range. People's responses to fluctuating blood-sugar levels vary greatly. Some people experience symptoms when blood-sugar levels are well within the normal range, while others report no symptoms even when blood-sugar levels have dropped substantially. It is likely that each person has a unique blood-sugar range, with fatigue or mood changes occurring when levels fluctuate above or below these levels. (Pages 109, 112)"

Book: Somer, Elizabeth, M.A., R.D. Food & Mood. Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 1999.



Functional Hypoglycemia (FH)

"Symptoms of FH are episodic and have a direct relationship to the time and type of meal that was last eaten. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness in legs, swollen feet, tightness in chest, constant hunger, eyeache, migraine, pains in various parts of the body, nervous habits, mental disturbances, and insomnia. Rapid fluctuations in blood sugar level give rise to many bizarre symptoms that may suggest mental disorders."

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"A hypoglycemic child often needs to eat every hour or two during school hours, as well as at home, to avoid low blood sugar reactions, which cause recurrent fatigue, irritability, tension, hyperactivity and aggression. One clue in spotting hypoglycemia is the way young children ask for food. Do they request food, or demand it? The latter suggests low blood sugar. It can happen on and off all day, but it is most apt to occur between 10:30 and 11:30 [AM] and again between 15:00 [3:00 PM] and 16:00 [4:00 PM]. Some children are 'impossible' when they awaken in the morning until they eat. Their brains may need glucose (sugar)."

ILT: Hypoglycemia


Other Symptoms

"Other symptoms of hypoglycemia include an inability to concentrate, mood swings, anxiety, depression and being more emotional than usual. Asthma, fatigue, headache, nervousness, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, poor memory and indecisiveness are also frequently reported."

ILT: Hypoglycemia



Two Most Significant Factors

"The two most significant factors contributing to hypoglycemia are diet and emotional stress."

ILT: Hypoglycemia


The Most Common Form of Hypoglycemia

"The most common form is called functional hypoglycemia (FH) and is caused by an inadequate diet that is too high in refined carbohydrates or that results in impaired absorption and assimilation of food ingested. An overconsumption of carbohydrates causes the blood sugar level to rise rapidly, stimulating the pancreas to secrete an excess of insulin. This excess insulin removes too much sugar from the blood. resulting in an abnormally low blood sugar level."

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"Heredity may be the susceptibility factor but the disease is precipitated most often by an inadequate diet."

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Different Types

Hypoglycemia due to Insulin Resistance

"The cells in the body don't react to insulin anymore and this causes the pancreas to produce too much insulin. Over time, the cells start to react, but because of the excess insulin, the blood sugar plummets below levels to maintain well-being: Hypoglycemia" Hypoglycemia


Hypoglycemia due to Adrenal Fatigue

"When the adrenal glands are exhausted and can't produce enough cortisol, the low cortisol levels can't effectively antagonize insulin and thus the blood sugar plummets below levels to maintain well-being: Hypoglycemia. Cortisol is also needed for gluconeogenesis (making glucose out of protein)." Hypoglycemia


Hypoglycemia due to yeast metabolites

"Certain yeasts produce arabinose, which is a yeast metabolite. The arabinose binds to L-lysine, which is important for effective action of (among others) vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is essential for gluconeogensis. So, when the blood sugar levels fall below the base-level, there is not enough vitamin B6 available (functional deficiency) to start the gluconeogenisis. Result: Blood sugar levels fall below the base levels: Hypoglycemia." Hypoglycemia


Hypoglycemia due to acidity or alkalinity of the body tissues

"The body uses minerals, primarily different types of organic calciums to buffer the pH in the blood and the tissues of the body. The blood pH remains at a strict 7.4. A drop of one or two tenth of the pH can cause death, so the blood pH is balanced strictly with different means: Minerals that buffer pH, CO2 respiration, the kidneys secreting excess H+ or OH- and finally the body can dump acids or alkaline excesses into the tissues when all other measures are exhausted…" Hypoglycemia


Any condition that causes insufficent uptake/metabolism of important vitamins and minerals

"An example is kryptopyrrolurie, pyroluria or HPU, which causes a deficiency of vitamin B6 and zinc. There are many more examples of conditions like this." Hypoglycemia


Possible other causes not covered in this article

"Hypoglycemia as a result of gastrointestinal disorders, pancreatic disfunction, disfunction of the autonomic nervous system, pituitary, liver, cancer of the pancreas, etc." Hypoglycemia


Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

"Stress also affects blood sugar levels. First, stress depletes the B-vitamins and vitamin C, both necessary for proper functioning of the adrenal glands. Stress requires adrenal glands to work overtime yet at the same time strips them of what they need to function. Refined foods also negatively affect the adrenal glands because they are stripped of needed vitamins."

ILT: Hypoglycemia



"In another study with 265 hyperactive children, it was found that glucose tolerance tests were abnormal in 76%. This suggests that abnormal glucose metabolism may be a factor in the cause of hyperactivity."

ILT: Hypoglycemia


"Any condition that causes insufficent uptake/metabolism of important vitamins and minerals

An example is kryptopyrrolurie, pyroluria or HPU, which causes a deficiency of vitamin B6 and zinc. There are many more examples of conditions like this." Hypoglycemia


·        Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Possible Causes: Abnormal Glucose Metabolism


Effects of Hypoglycemia

Adrenal Type Anxiety Induced Hypoglycemia


·        "When insulin is too high and blood sugar is low the body sends a message to adrenals to produce stress hormones adrenaline

·        When adrenaline is secreted, insulin is ‘turned off’ and the continues to maintain balance via adapt ion.

To  a hypoglycemic this process may be experienced  as fear, panic and terror.  As the brain is starved of fuel (glucose) and simultaneously flooded with stress hormones, emotional symptoms arise such as: nervousness, palpitations, nightmares, panic attacks, phobias, rage, violence and even fits."

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Possible Long Term Effects (if untreated)

"Over time constant attacks and excess stress hormones deplete the bodies resistance can degrade body organs causing adrenal fatigue and eventually pancreas failure which may lead to diabetes. In this way, anxiety in hypoglycemics is a result of extra stress hormones and simultaneous low blood sugar."

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Effects of GABA

"Current findings have linked the connection between low GABA levels and high insulin levels. GABA is an important neurotransmitters in inhibiting stress signals and calming the body. Valium and Benzodiapienes work by increasing GABA levels. If you are a hypoglycemic and have anxiety there are some adjunct treatments to the hypoglycemic diet that can help anxiety. Make sure you avoid alcohol and caffeine"

Natural Treatment of Anxiety Induced by Hypoglycemia


Other Effects

"In some people, hypoglycemia can contribute to other illnesses such as epilepsy, allergies, asthma, ulcers, arthritis, impotence, and mental disorders. Functional hypoglycemia is often found in persons with such disorders as schizophrenia, alcoholism, drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, hyperactivity, and obesity."

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Avoid Refined Carbohydrates

Some examples of refined carbohydrates are:

·        Refined sugars such as cane, beet, and corn sugar

·        White (polished) rice, white bread, white pasta

·        Excess honey, fruit, fruit juice, dried fruit and sometimes vegetable juice will cause a rapid rise in blood glucose levels.

·        White (bleached, enriched) wheat flour

·        white flour

·        enriched white flour

·        unbleached flour

·        enriched unbleached flour

·        wheat flour and enriched wheat flour


"Whole grains do not need to be enriched. If it says 'enriched', do not buy it."

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·        South Beach Diet Plan for Beginner: Forum: Archive: 'Good Oatmeal vs Bad Oatmeal'


Avoid Stimulants

"Caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and other stimulants should be avoided because they are capable of precipitating an attack of hypoglycemia."

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Complex Carbohydrates

"Complex carbohydrates, found in vegetables and whole grains, help to avoid hypoglycemia by replenishing glucose at regular intervals. This keeps the body's energy constant."

ILT: Hypoglycemia


"Consume fiber-rich carbohydrates with protein at each meal and snack. The soluble fibers found in oranges, apples, legumes [e.g. peas, beans, lentils], and oats are particularly effective in slowing the absorption of sugar. They allow a slow, steady release of sugar into the blood and help avoid the rapid rise in blood sugar associated with sugary or highly refined snacks. (Page 112)"

Book: Somer, Elizabeth, M.A., R.D. Food & Mood. Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 1999.


·        "Whole grain breads and cereals

·        Brown rice

·        Whole wheat or semolina [Note: Some sites claim that semolina is a refined carbohydrate] flour pasta available in most health food stores and some supermarkets"

·        "Whole wheat flour

·        Soy flour

·        Oat flour

·        Rye flour

·        Corn flour"


Several Small Meals

"Consume several small meals throughout the day, rather than the feast-and-famine scenario of a few large meals."

Book: Somer, Elizabeth, M.A., R.D. Food & Mood. Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 1999.


Similar Conditions

"All cases of behavioural and emotional problems should be evaluated for blood sugar abnormalities as well as food allergies and sensitivities, or endocrine imbalances."

ILT: Hypoglycemia


Related Conditions

"Many of these children also had allergies to common foods. These were usually those foods that they favor and eat whenever possible."

ILT: Hypoglycemia



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