7 Signs You Have Low Blood Sugar And You Didn’t Know It — Eat This

Low blood sugar occurs when the blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dL And while anyone can experience the condition, it is more common with people with diabetes. When your blood sugar is low, chances are you won’t feel like yourself, but you may not realize it. Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who explain why it’s easy to miss the signs of low blood sugar, pay attention to symptoms, and why it’s dangerous if left untreated. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t forget to check out these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID,


Dr Romi Block“Low blood sugar can be caused by not eating enough, malnutrition, pregnancy, rare cancers, and side effects of medications including diabetes medications,” says member of the American Thyroid Association, a board-certified specialist in endocrine and metabolic medicine. Laura McDermott MS, RDN, CD with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Dietitian RET Physiotherapy Group Says, “Certain drugs can cause low blood sugar, many of which are used to help treat diabetes. Examples of these would be insulin or metformin when used with a sulfonylurea. These drugs can result in low blood sugar. Blood sugar can occur when insufficient carbohydrates are consumed. Meals or meals were skipped/delayed or consuming alcohol without food. People with diabetes or without medication can also experience low blood sugar And it can result from reactive hypoglycemia – not common and we don’t fully understand why this happens to people without diabetes. Reactive hypoglycemia is where your body releases more insulin after a meal than it needs , which results in your blood sugar becoming too low. Fasting can cause low blood sugar when your body is trying to maintain homeostasis or when your glycogen stores are depleted. Blood sugar can increase in some individuals with intense exercise. Could be because of that.”

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Dr. Block tells us, “Blood sugar is what your body uses to process and produce energy. It is important to include healthy carbs such as vegetables, fruits and dairy in your diet to provide fuel to your body. . Low blood sugar and skipping meals cause fatigue.” McDermott says, “When we discuss blood sugar, we are talking about the glucose in the bloodstream. This glucose is an energy source for our bodies. Insulin moves the glucose into our cells for our daily activities. Helps to be able to use. Your brain is working to run after the dog. Optimal functioning requires the rise and fall of blood sugar throughout the day. Glucose fuels your brain and your muscles. We Just want to keep blood sugar in a healthy range, both on the high and the low end.”

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According to Dr. Block, “Low blood sugar can cause severe symptoms, including seizures, coma, and death.”

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Dr. Block explains, “Most of the time people experience symptoms of low sugar, but they may not recognize those symptoms. These can include irritability, anxiety, palpitations, confusion, and fatigue. Symptoms are non-specific, That’s why it’s important to have regular meals and snacks along with a healthy balanced diet. If symptoms do not improve with dietary changes, it’s important to check with your doctor to help assess hypoglycemia. They may recommend advanced blood tests, A professional may recommend a continuous glucose monitor or nutritional counseling.”

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Lisa Richards, a nutritionist and author of candida diet Shares, “Blurry vision is a symptom of low blood sugar caused by the fluctuation of water in and out of the eye. Since this changes the shape of the eye, vision can become blurry.”

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Richards tells us, “Confusion is a symptom of low blood sugar. It is the result of the brain not getting enough glucose to efficiently send signals to the body and fuel its cells.”

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According to McDermott, “the release of epinephrine when your blood sugar becomes too low produces unsteady/trembling symptoms.”

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Shares McDermott, “Changes in norepinephrine and epinephrine result in changes in blood vessel behavior that can lead to headaches.”

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“A faster heart rate is caused by the release of epinephrine (adrenaline) when blood sugar is low,” McDermott tells us.

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“As blood sugar drops, your body produces hormones like ghrelin to stimulate appetite so that you eat to maintain blood sugar levels,” says McDermott.


functional medicine dietitian taylor stole“If blood sugar is low your body is going to send a signal that it needs a faster form of energy aka sugar,” says T, RDN, LD, CLT, IFNCP.

Heather Newgen

Heather Newgen has over two decades of experience reporting and writing about health, fitness, entertainment and travel. Heather is currently freelancing for several publications. Read more about Heather

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