Hypoglycemia is just the opposite of hyperglycemia. This is when your blood sugar levels are well below the normal ranges rather than being above the normal ranges. Even though a diabetic is known for hyperglycemia they will often experience hypoglycemia as well. However, it can also happen to people who are not diabetic. Some of the common symptoms are being nauseated, a fast heart beat, the skin is clammy and cold and there's a feeling of be nervous.
There are ways that you can help combat this and it's important to your health that you do. Any prolonged imbalance of sugar in your blood is harmful, even deadly.
You need to start planning your meals differently. It's important to eat more often and this can be done by breaking down your meals into 4 or 6 smaller meals during the day and make sure that there is plenty of fiber and protein included in the meals.
You will also need to make sure that your diet has more complex carbohydrates and proteins in it instead of things with high amounts of sugar. Some common types of complex carbohydrates would include buckwheat, oatmeal and most whole grain food items.
You definitely will need to increase the fiber in your diet. When you eat fiber it turns into a sticky substance in your digestive system and this in turn will slow down the speed in which the food leaves the stomach and the rate of absorption for the glucose. This will then reduce the hypoglycemic symptoms that might occur between your meals.
Try your best to stay away from the simple carbohydrates and the sugars. Make sure you read all of the labels on the foods you buy and see if sugar, corn syrup or corn sweeteners are listed, especially if they are listed as one of the top four ingredients you should try to stay away from these products. It is OK however to consume sugar substitutes.
You will also need to try and control the fats that you eat. You should not eat any more than 30% fat and this should be the good fat with low cholesterol, avocados are a good example of a good fat. Your fats should also contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Get rid of the alcohol. Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause hypoglycemia due to the excess calories found in it. So if you have problems with low blood sugar it is highly recommended that you simply don't drink period.
You should also try to stay away from caffeine as well. When you drink caffeine you will be producing more adrenaline and if you are a diagnosed hypoglycemic you are already producing higher levels of adrenaline as it is. Caffeine simply makes the symptoms worse.