Hypoglycemia: Symptoms & Causes

What is hypoglycemia?
Who is at risk with Hypoglycemia?
Symptoms Of Hypoglycemia
Causes Of Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia during pregnancy
Postprandial Hypoglycemia
Ketotic Hypoglycemia


What is hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia is a condition that happens when the blood sugar (glucose) is very low. When blood sugar levels shoots up, our pancreas responds by releasing insulin to boost the transfer of glucose from the bloodstream to the cells. Insulin lowers the amount of glucose in our blood by telling the cells in the body to use the glucose as fuel. Insulin is a very crucial hormone that regulates the amount of sugar or glucose in your bloodstream. It helps cells of our body absorb glucose from the bloodstream which then will be used for energy or stored as glycogen in the liver. Basically, the release of this kind of hormone is equivalent with the amount of sugar or glucose in the bloodstream.

Who is at risk with Hypoglycemia?

All individuals who breathe and live needs to be alarmed about hypoglycemia. Energy is created from glucose and glucose is formed from our food. If we are not eating properly, we are not producing efficient energy.

Then we begin storing fat, and we set the point for illness and disease. Then, any time one of our basic needs gets out of balance, the body is under stress and cannot function properly.

It’s very critical that you know the early signs which will allow you to cure your low blood glucose levels fast to bring it back within the normal range. This can save your life or even your loved ones.

Symptoms Of Hypoglycemia

The signs for this condition can be divided into three categories: Adrenergic, glucagon and Neuroglycopenic manifestations.

  • Adrenergic manifestations, which include shakiness, anxiety, sweatiness, cold warm spurs, numbness and feelings of pins and needles, dilated pupils, and heart palpitation.
  • Glucagon manifestations are generally caused by the fall of sugar levels and include headaches, hunger, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pains.
  • The more evident Neuroglycopenic signs are manifested by cognitive and neurological signs. Those include but are limited to impaired judgment, lack of focus, fatigue, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness and in severe cases short term memory loss. Patients might also experience spurred speech and difficulty speaking, as well as automatism, paralysis, blurred or double visions. They will also manifest mood changes, such as unjustified depression and crying and exaggerated concerns over benign issues.

Not all patients suffering from hypoglycemia will experience all of those symptoms. In fact, the signs of hypoglycemia will vary on a wide scale and from one patient to another. While symptoms from all three categories might occur, they are hardly apparent in any particular order or system. Usually patients will suffer from a combination of those signs and this will vary greatly depending on the severity of the condition, the triggering cause, the age and health condition of the patient and many other factors.

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