I am hypoglycemic. I have been all my life according to my mom and most of my immediate family are also hypoglycemic. While there are forms of hypoglycemia specifically caused by dietary habits I believe ours is the genetic type and runs in the family.
What is Hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia is a condition wherein the blood glucose levels are lower than the normal range of usually about 70 to 110 mg/dl. In its early forms, hypoglycemia can cause weakness, sweating, crankiness, nervousness and a dozen or so other symptoms. These symptoms are frustrating but for the most part manageable and inconclusive of hypoglycemia specifically, but if the condition is undiagnosed or untreated the result can be severe.
Worst Case Scenario
The brain consumes much of our body’s supply of glucose and it must be maintained to promote normal function. In cases of hypoglycemia, the brain’s supply of blood glucose is compromised which leads to Neuroglycopenia. Neuroglycopenia is described to be the impairment of brain function brought about by lower than normal levels of blood glucose. The effects of prolonged and severe hypoglycemia can range from mild unconsciousness to a coma.
Taking The Precautions And Considering The Costs
Knowing the severity of hypoglycemia and causes, you can safely prevent it from happening through a few methods. The most important thing do to though is to learn how to recognize when hypoglycemia sets in. You can purchase blood glucose level monitors but they aren’t necessary in all cases. Blood glucose monitors range from $20 to $70 depending on the type and brand.
For me though, I can always tell when my blood glucose levels have dropped, and those around me can quickly identify this as well…I’m not sure if this is based on my personality, or what but when my blood glucose levels drop, I exhibit all the mean hypoglycemic symptoms; irritability, crankiness, mood swings and depression. Once I learned that these were symptoms and not just my being in a bad mood for no apparent reason 🙂 I was able to quickly recognize that my blood glucose levels were too low. After I got familiar with hypoglycemia I was able to identify more symptoms aside from the most obvious but those are still my main indicators.
Keeping hypoglycemia in check is actually the easy part once you know you have it – it simply involves eating and raising your blood glucose level. If I all of a sudden feel snappy and irritable, I know I need to eat something. Some of the quickest things to get me back to normal include juice, lifesavers and even sugar packets depending on where I am but in most cases I feel that way because I took too long to eat a regular meal and I’ll just proceed to eat breakfast, dinner or lunch. I’ve never gone into a coma but I’ve experienced every other symptom on the list for hypoglycemia and it’s no pick-nick but thankfully it’s easy to treat in most cases.
You don’t have to spend much to treat hypoglycemia and it doesn’t have to ruin your life (or those around you) but you do have to learn to recognize the symptoms before things get too serious.
Have you experience hypoglycemia or a similar condition?
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