Hypoglycemia

(Low Blood Sugar)

Etiology: Deficiency of sugar in the blood. A condition in which the glucose in the blood is abnormally low.

CAUSES: Hyperfunction of the islets of Langerhans may cause it or injection of an excessive amount of insulin. The ingestion of refined simple carbohydrates can also lead to hypoglycemia, in which the body is no longer able to metabolize the sugar properly. When hypoglycemia is present, the body is under stress. If you have hypoglycemia, it is important that you do not put added stress on the body.

Oversecretion of insulin by the pancreas

Heredity

Inadequate diet

SYMPTOMS: Acute fatigue, dizziness, confusion, depression, anxiety, cravings for sweets, nightsweats, weakness in the legs, swollen feet, tightness in the chest, constant hunger, pain in various parts of the body (especially the eyes), nervous habits, insomnia, headaches, restlessness, malaise, marked irritability and weakness and ultimately to other diseases such as collapse of the adrenal glands. In severe cases, mental disturbances, delirium, coma, and possibly death.

Hypoglycemia mimics many diseases. Related disorders include: allergies, asthma, hay fever, indigestion, obesity, nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption, colitis, constipation, and impaired memory. Abnormal protein and carbohydrate metabolism and poor adrenal function are part of hypoglycemia. Proper diet is a key factor for the hypoglycemic to maintain proper blood sugar levels.

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Always see the doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Injections of vitamin B and liver have produced very good results. Injections should be taken twice weekly for 3 months, then once a week for 2 months. This helps the hypoglycemic to tolerate the foods that produce low blood sugar reactions. These are very important, especially in the elderly, because of common malabsorption problems.

Approximately 50% of hypoglycemics over 50 years of age have reduced thyroid function and hypothyroidism.

Caffeine, alcohol, and cigarette smoking result in profound swings and instability of the blood sugar.

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