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Hypoglycemia what to eat

Hypoglycemia is essentially a medical condition that stems from very low blood sugar. While it is common for a number of people that are not suffering from any sort of metabolic problem to complain of certain symptoms that are likely to suggest low blood sugar, hypoglycemia is more commonly found in individuals that are suffering from both types of diabetes. It is also important to note that patients suffering from pre-diabetes and have insulin resistance are also likely to have low blood sugars in the event that the circulated insulin levels are further challenged by prolonged periods of fasting. While most people are aware of the fact that high blood sugar is bad for the body, most seem to be a little clueless as to why low blood sugar can also be a threat. Low blood sugar can be a problem primarily because the body requires fuel to function.
This energy is mainly created out of the dietary sugar intake and digested carbohydrates. The body will also automatically store sugar in the liver as glycogen in anticipation of sudden changes to the individuals dietary habits such as in the case of a crash diet. This sugar is stored in the liver as glycogen. When the body calls upon the stored energy, it is converted through a process known as gluconeogenesis and used by the body to generate energy. Certain organs of the body are able to produce their own glucose while others, such as the brain, are completely dependant on the glucose produced by the body. As a result, if there is a distinct drop in the glucose levels of the body, the functioning of the brain can be severely affected.  

There are a number of symptoms that hypoglycemia will bring along such as nervousness, intense hunger pangs, weakness, trembling, palpitations and some amount of difficulty in speaking. In most patients, these symptoms are very easily recognizable, while in others they might be somewhat subdued – but the intensity is no indication of the seriousness of the condition and irrespective of prominence of the symptoms, the condition should be taken very seriously. In most cases, one is likely to experience sudden hypoglycemic attacks that will cause the patient to immediately start searching for food in close proximity to help resolve the symptom. When suffering from hypoglycemia, what to eat is probably the biggest concern as consumption of foods that are not really high in sugar or carbohydrate content are not going to really do much to help subdue the symptoms. Moreover, understanding which foods are processed at faster rates by the body than others will also play a significant role it the treatment of the symptoms. Another aspect of these hypoglycemic attacks is to understand that the symptoms are essentially a way of the brain alerting the body to the lack of glucose content before the brain is affected. When the blood glucose levels drop to about 50 mg/dl, most patient will progress into what is known as a neuroglycopenic range – which is a state where the brain is not getting an adequate supply of glucose. This causes drowsiness, sudden change in behavior as well as a coma or seizures. 

A hypoglycemia diet should be tailored specifically around the individual and his or her lifestyle. Make it a point to keep an account of everything that you eat fro a period of a week to ten days and identify a correlation between the foods that you consumed on a particular day and the prominence of your symptoms on that day. Make sure that your diet consists primarily of fruits, vegetables and lean meats such as fish and poultry. 
Submitted on January 16, 2014