Monday, July 1, 2013

Step 7 of Reversing Reactive Hypoglycemia: Correct Other Related Contributors

Reactive hypoglycemia can go unnoticed and undiagnosed. If you're smart enough to have figured it out or lucky enough to have come in contact with a health care professional that has knowledge about this condition, you're one step ahead. Hypoglycemic symptoms can mimic other illness and diseases and can be very confusing. Once you gain insight to the what, how, and why of reactive hypoglycemia you will be amazed by the  new way you begin to think about food and your health.

Because reactive hypoglycemia is often not diagnosed but instead the person experiencing the symptoms realizes they have a reaction of low blood sugar usually within a few hours of a meal, it is important to rule out other health conditions that may need immediate attention. It is equally important to educate yourself and learn about potential related conditions or causes that may benefit you to treat. Here are a few that may be worth a look:

Mercury toxicity.
Your body is designed to detoxify mercury and other heavy metals. An impaired metabolism or excessive exposure to mercury, such as dental amalgams, can lead to mercury toxicity. Mercury toxicity causes many health conditions and symptoms, including problems with your body's control systems, which can lead to hypoglycemia. Read Detoxifying Your Body from Mercury Exposure to learn more.

Certain medications for high blood pressure, antidepressants, quinine, haloperidol, and trimethoprim can cause hypoglycemia in people without diabetes. Check with the doctor who prescribed your medication to determine if they are impacting your sugar levels.

Adrenal fatigue.
The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing the hormones cortisol and adrenaline, which help raise blood sugar levels. Adrenal fatigue is a condition that says the adrenal glands are exhausted. This causes weakness and chronic fatigue.

Pituitary glands.
The pituitary gland controls the body's production of some of the hormones needed to raise the body's blood sugar levels if they fall too low. 

Alcoholism can cause hypoglycemia. It is possible that the addiction is to the sugar in the alcohol in addition to the alcohol itself. If you or someone you know is battling alcohol addiction, please seek help. Alcoholism can lead to liver failure. The liver is needed as a storage unit for releasing glycogen (stored glucose) to the cells and brain for energy. It is also responsible for filtering out waste.

In addition read: Hypoglycemia - The 6 Most Common Causes of low Blood Sugar.

Linked recommended readings are for informational and learning purposes only. This blog post is based on the personal experiences and expressed opinions of its author. The information is not intended to replace your doctor's recommendations and advice. If you experience severe low blood sugar, seek emergency help.

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