Anyone who has trouble with normal glucose metabolism and consumes a poor diet is at risk and can develop symptoms of both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, not only people who are overweight, inactive or ill. Low blood sugar levels cause a condition called hypoglycemia.
Ever feel tired, cranky and shaky right before eating a meal? That’s what it feels like to have low blood sugar levels.
One of the most common health problems in the world are uncontrolled glucose levels. Hypoglycemia symptoms besides that are frequently affecting people with prediabetes or diabetes are also linked with other health problems, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even arthritis.
We often confuse symptoms of hypoglycemia with other health conditions and these symptoms include sudden hunger, headaches, irritability, shakiness and brain fog. By improving your diet, managing your intake of empty calories, and paying attention to how exercise and meal timing affects you, you can help control low blood sugar symptoms and prevent them come back.
The most common symptoms of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia include:
- Hunger, sometimes which can be sudden and intense
- Symptoms of anxiety, such as shakiness or nervousness
- Sweating, including night sweats that occur while sleeping
- Feeling light-headed or dizzy
- Becoming groggy, fatigued or tired
- Waking up feeling tired and trouble sleeping
- Having mood swings and feeling irritable
- Paleness in the face
- Muscle weakness
- Signs of brain fog, having trouble concentrating or working and feeling confused
- In severe cases, seizures, coma and even death can occur. Diabetic patients have the highest risk for severe hypoglycemia episodes.
Natural Treatments for Hypoglycemia
Follow a Hypoglycemia Diet
Foods that are helpful for managing hypoglycemia symptoms include:
- Healthy carbs: Carbohydrates are the main source of glucose, but they are not created equal. Good choices include sweet potatoes, brown or wild rice, beans, legumes and sprouted ancient grains.
- Whole pieces of fruit and vegetables: Fruit, fresh fruit juice, and vegetables can be especially helpful in offseting a hypoglycemic episode.
- High-fiber foods: Green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, artichokes, flaxseeds, chia seeds, apples, avocado, beans, pumpkin seeds, and almonds are good choices.
- Quality protein: Wild fish, free-range eggs, raw dairy products (including raw cheeses, yogurt, or kefir), pasture-raised poultry, and grass-fed lamb or beef are some of the best protein foods.
- Healthy fats: Extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, MCT oil, nuts and seeds (like hemp, almonds, flax, and chia), and avocado are good sources.
Foods that should be avoided include:
- Empty calories, including packaged-highly processed goods
- Too much alcohol or caffeine
- Lots of added sugar
- Sweetened drinks
- Fast food and fried foods
- Refined grains
Rethink Cutting Calories Too Low or Skipping Meals
All the people, especially those with diabetes or hypoglycemia should eat regular meals throughout the day, never skip meals and have enough calories at each meal. For preventing dips in energy and keeping blood sugar stable healthy snacks every few hours can be very helpful.
If you’re exercising and feel dizzy or weak, make sure you’re eating enough, take a break and consider having something small to eat before the exercising. Take a snack that contains a combination of healthy carbs and protein after workouts.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you take any medications that alter insulin or blood glucose levels, carefully monitor physical symptoms and signs that might point to hypoglycemia. Talk to your doctor and learn how to accurately track your blood sugar levels or if your dosage should be changed to lower symptoms.
Do Not Drive If You Notice Low Blood Sugar Levels Symptoms!
It’s very dangerous! If you have hypoglycemia symptoms while you’re driving pull off the road and eat a sugary food. Wait at least 15 minutes, and repeat these steps if necessary. Eat a carbohydrate and protein source before you drive on.