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Hypoglycemia: Everything You Need to Understand
Dr. Eric Berg
Hypoglycemia is a low blood sugar situation.
Your blood sugar levels are supposed to be between 80 and 100 and anything lower than that is considered low blood sugar.
The symptoms of low blood sugar:
Sensitive feeling in the eyes, having red eyes, and feeling of having sand or grit in the eye
Cravings for carbohydrate
Feelings of fogginess in the mind and not being able to think correctly.
What's happening is that you're having a rebound effect. Insulin has been spiked too much and you're causing a depletion in that, creating a hypoglycemic effect.
Now, the pancreas makes both insulin and glucagon.
Glucagon works with insulin to bring sugars to a certain level.
Glucagon releases stored sugar in the liver to raise the sugar higher, so that way, we can always have a balance in the blood.
So we have both of these hormones working together to keep the blood sugar level.
But the real problem that creates this is the presence of too much insulin, too much sugar, and too much refined carbohydrate.
What triggers insulin is sugar and refined carbs, and the body will go there and take the sugar out and store it as fat or cholesterol. But what happens is you have glucagon, which is also going to work and is triggered by protein.
This is why the hypoglycemic feels so much better after taking protein. Why? You're triggering a release of sugar, it raises sugar, and the craving goes away.
So how do you correct hypoglycemia? One, you have to keep insulin low, because it's too high and you have to avoid the sugar. Usually, the hypoglycemic gives into the sugars, or they're eating potatoes, or they're eating five meals a day. That's the biggest mistake because every time you eat, you're triggering insulin. Then the insulin goes up and down, and then you get diabetes.
What you may want to do is to consume protein with each meal.
Avoid sugar and get some fat in the diet so you can go longer and you would not be having such voracious cravings between meal.
So especially for the hypoglycemic, you may want that fat at meals with protein. Don't eat too often. Go longer without eating, and then you'll heal the whole system.
That's what hypoglycemia is and that's how you correct it.
What's interesting is they give diabetics sugar pills and metformin and that if their sugar goes too low, they are asked to take the sugar pill to raise it back up. Why take more sugar to raise it only to take more medication?
If you're hypoglycemic, you may want to eat fruits, sugar, honey, juice - unless it goes so low that it's dangerous. But if it's coming down just a little, it would be much better to just add a little protein.
- Dr. Eric Berg