Diet for Patients with Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is the clinical syndrome that results from low blood sugar. Blood sugar is the amount of glucose circulating in the body. The symptoms of hypoglycemia can vary from person to person, as can the severity. You feel shaky, nervous, tired, sweaty, cold, hungry, confused, irritable or impatient. It’s always important to test to be sure that you actually are having low blood sugar.

Once diagnosed with hypoglycemia, you should have a proper diet so that the condition can be improved and corrected. This article presents what you should and should not eat to treat hypoglycemia.

• Do not to eat more sugar as well as avoid all refined sugars and refined carbohydrates. Patients after eating a meal high in sugars or carbohydrates suffer from what is known as reactionary hypoglycemia where the body produces a high amount of insulin in order to lower the sudden high level of sugar that has just been taken into the body.

• Do not have caffeine because caffeine releases stored sugars and in turn will react the same way as refined sugars in the body.

• Avoid nicotine (smoking) this can also affect blood sugar levels.

• Take a high carbohydrates and proteins-containing diet because foods rich of  carbohydrates and proteins are metabolized much more slowly in the body and consequently will not cause that downward spiral of blood sugar levels.

• Avoid alcohol (i.e., wines and liquor) as it will cause a low blood sugar reaction.

• Do not use artificial sweeteners because it may cause an insulin response, which in turn will lower blood sugar levels.

• Eat small and frequent meals during the day, which will help stabilize the blood sugar level without producing excess amounts of sugar in the blood stream.

• Eat fruit juices in limited amounts.

• Avoid anything incorporating sugars in any form in the ingredients such as whey cheeses, candy, molasses, etc.

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