When blood sugar is ‘out of whack’…too high or too low feelings of hunger will kick in; regardless of your ‘need’ for food. Why? When blood sugar is low, the body signals the stomach to produce hunger symptoms, and demand fuel. When blood sugar is high, there is plenty of fuel available, but no way for your body to use it, so your cells starve in spite of the banquet. Your body, in an effort to get fuel into the cells, again signals the stomach to produce hunger symptoms. Bottom line: You’ll get really hungry when your blood sugar is high, as well as when it is low.
In order to tell which it is, you MUST test!
If you assume that your blood sugar is low, then eating will make the problem worse, not better, and you can get into a cycle of high blood sugar that does not resolve. This pattern can be life-threatening if continued.
True hypoglycemia occurs when the blood sugar is extremely low. Some sources say below 50, some say below 60, a few say below 40. Below 40 is generally conceded to be in the danger zone, where readings below 60 are just uncomfortable and require food to make you feel better.
If your blood sugar is over 110, then your symptoms are not likely from low blood sugar, but have some other cause. If your blood sugar is over 140, then there is every chance that they are related to high blood sugar, though significant symptoms are generally indicative of readings much higher than that.
The bottom line is that you must know your situation before random action is taken to correct the problem. If proper testing is not done and one assumes that issues are arising from low blood sugar and they are actually because of high blood, corrective measures could be deadly.
It is important to note that there are a number of other problems which can cause symptoms similar to blood sugar symptoms. They range from hormonal, to circulatory, to nervous system, to dietary or metabolic problems. And often, a doctor will tend to minimize the symptoms, or suggest blood sugar problems because it is simpler. I do not know ONE person in my acquaintance though, who has complained of hypoglycemia (and there have been many who have done that who were not on insulin), who turned out to actually HAVE hypoglycemic reactions when tested. Every time, it was something different.
Talk to your doctor and make sure proper testing is done before treatment for blood sugar issues are taken. Remember that there are many things you can do to help keep your blood sugar levels under control. Proper diet, enough sleep, exercise, maintaining normal weight levels and dietary supplements can all play a major role in blood sugar control. All of these areas should be addressed and can often insure that prescription meds are not needed.
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