Low blood sugar symptoms (hypoglycemia symptoms) are more common than generally believed.
Low blood sugar symptoms may, or may not be accompanied by low blood glucose numbers. The latter may be elusive, because the symptoms cannot not always be confirmed by a glucometer.
That means low blood sugar symptoms may show up as a minor and temporary blood glucose dips. Or in other words they can be present in a person without a diagnosis of diabetes or hypoglycemia.
Where are low blood sugar symptoms coming from?
Low blood sugar symptoms don’t have to come from diabetes. They may simply show up due to less than optimally functioning digestive system or due to other causes such as: fatty liver, excess insulin, or food sensitivities. You will find more information on low blood sugar causes in this article, or the articles below:
- Other causes of hypoglycemia you may not be considering
- Most overlooked hypoglycemia symptoms
- Monthly symptoms of low blood sugar in women
Just remember, low blood sugar symptoms may not indicate a disease and may have nothing to do with diabetes. In fact, a vast majority of “healthy” individuals the symptoms are usually transient and resolve by themselves.
Hypoglycemia symptoms in diabetics
However, hypoglycemia symptoms in diabetics, is a very different condition. In diabetics the symptoms may vary from minor and self-limiting to severe and life-threatening. The earlier are typically induced by fasting or high carbohydrate meal. The latter are usually precipitated by excessive insulin dosing or medication that increase pancreatic insulin output.
Hypoglycemic symptoms in diabetics may be accompanied by severely depressed glucose numbers and require immediate attention.
When do hypoglycemia symptoms happen?
Watch out for these common three low blood sugar symptoms triggers:
- When you haven’t eaten for a while
- When you experience a sugar slump, which is ½ to 1hr or more after eating simple sugars , sweets, or drinking pop
- When you have eaten foods you have hidden allergy to, wheat is a frequent suspect
Who is likely to have low blood sugar symptoms?
- Undiagnosed diabetics
- Pre-diabetics (diagnosed or not) and people with any degree of insulin resistance (diagnosed or not)
- People who are overweight or underweight
- People with irregular meal timing
- People on weight-loss diets
- People under chronic stress, and people who do not handle stress well
- People with sweet tooth
- People who frequently indulge in fast food and junk food
Warning signs of recurrent hypoglycemia symptoms:
- Insomnia; waking up in the middle of the night with hunger and eating to sleep
- Dull pressing headaches on top of the head, worse on waking or when skipping breakfast
- Frequent anxiety attacks for no apparent reason
- Frequent feeling of light-headedness and brain fog
- Episodes of racing heart, palpitations
- Insatiable cravings for sweets
Low blood sugar has three faces
Not all low blood sugar symptoms look the same. Some people may feel tired, while others may feel jittery. Everyone can experience the symptoms is their own way, from a mild discomfort to a major life crisis.
The reason why hypoglycemia symptoms can vary significantly among individuals is due to way the body handles physiologic emergencies.
The body has three different ways of handling three different levels of dropping glucose by producing minor, moderate, and severe symptom combinations. You will find details in the chart below (the button)
Is it always low blood sugar?
Did you know that symptoms of low blood sugar and symptoms of acute stress may look exactly the same? They all may cause racing heart, anxiety, and sweating and there is no way to distinguish these two without a blood glucose test.
However, you can tell by grip strength, whether you are more prone towards developing diabetes. You can also tell whether your symptoms are caused by low glucose numbers if you test yourself properly.
Does low glucose mean diabetes?
Low blood sugar symptoms may be one of the early warning signs of being at a higher risk for diabetes, but mild and infrequently occurring symptoms do not automatically make anyone a diabetic or cause the development of diabetes in the future.
However, the concern about having insulin resistance may be warranted as prediabetic stage frequently shows up as low blood sugar symptoms. It would be wise to check other signs and symptoms of prediabetes or simply use a prediabetes test to rule out the possibility.
Can you prevent hypoglycemia symptoms?
Unless one is stranded in a place devoid of food, tackling hypoglycemia symptoms shouldn’t be a concern.
However, preventing low blood sugar symptoms requires heath skills and has nothing to do with ingesting sugar. In fact, reducing vs. preventing hypoglycemia symptoms requires completely two different dietary approaches.
While remedying hypoglycemia symptoms can reward with immediate symptom relief, preventing recurrent hypoglycemia is of even higher importance, since swinging blood glucose carries many hidden long-term side effects.
The best way to regulate blood sugar and prevent the dips is to eat a well-designed blood sugar stabilizing diet. To start, follow simple and delicious recipes from 69 Pleasures. This cookbook was especially created to prevent weight gain, insulin resistance, and blood sugar irregularities. You may love it!