Have you ever experienced or occasionally experience some sort of dizziness, hunger, dizziness, palpitations or trembling, headache and irritability, especially after having completed a meal just a couple of hours before this type of uneasiness?
If the answer for this question is in the affirmative, then there is every possibility that you were running low on blood sugar levels, or Hypoglycemia, at that point of time. There is nothing to panic at these times. Glucose level might have diminished quickly and you should immediately increase your blood sugar level. Some diabetes customers might want to stay away from sweets for the fear of a sharp uptick in blood sugar levels.
The first thing you should do when your glucose level in blood falls down is to immediately drink a cup of milk, or eat one or two teaspoons of either honey or sugar. You can also try out about a half-cup of fruit juice or soft drinks. The simple thing you can do when on the move can be to eat about five or 6 pieces of hard candy. Any of these things will instantly provide relief to you from the effect of hypoglycemia.
What causes hypoglycemia? How one can get instant relief by following any one of the above mentioned suggestions?
Hypoglycemia, otherwise called as low blood sugar, is caused due to excessive insulin in the body.
As you know, the major source of energy that keeps our body alive is glucose or blood sugar in the body. This energy from glucose is used effectively by the brain, which guides all of our actions while we are alive in this world. We consume food in the form of breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner etc., at frequent intervals. The food should normally contain a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, fat and vitamins. The liver in our body, as part of the digestive process, converts all the carbohydrates and about one-half of the proteins into glucose. This glucose is released into the bloodstream and the blood levels increases in the body. Yet another important part in the body, the pancreas comes into action as soon as the glucose level in the bloodstream is increased. They secrete more insulin, a type of hormone that helps the cells in the body to convert the energy from the sugar in the bloodstream.
If the level of insulin secreted by the pancreas in response to the bloodstream exceeds the amount actually needed to metabolize the available glucose in the body, then one tends to experience low blood sugar level or hypoglycemia. This is the reason it has been suggested that one should immediately consume some honey or sugar so that the level of blood sugar can be instantly boosted, and one can feel the relief.
While taking sugar or honey or any other food that increases the blood sugar levels instantly might provide relief, one can totally avoid facing this crisis when he or she takes a complete meal, a meal in which there exists a right proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, fiber, minerals and vitamins. Because carbohydrates and proteins are quickly converted into glucose by the liver while the fat and fiber content take a little longer time to get converted or digested in the body, thus providing for a nice flow in the body that sustains you for a few extra hours before you taking food for another time.
In order to avoid this hypoglycemia from troubling us, it is essential that we never miss out on a breakfast, take meals at frequent intervals, and ensure that the meal has a little amount of fiber and fat content that not only makes you feel having a full-stomach but also ensures a smooth function of the digestive process. Consuming meals at more frequent levels and ensuring that the stomach is not left empty and at the same time not too full at any point of time is one of the best means to maintain good energy levels and also eliminate the problems of hypoglycemia or, for that matter, any disease.