Hypoglycemia and Diet

If you have been diagnosed with hypoglycemia I’m sure your health care professional has stressed the importance of diet.  Your hypoglycemia will be affected by what you eat and drink.  Hypoglycemia can be serious and should not be taken lightly.

Hypoglycemia is also known as low blood sugar.  If you have an occasional bout of low blood sugar it is probably not cause for alarm.  If you have low blood sugar on a daily basis then you should consult your healthl care professional.  It may be wise to also keep a food journal so you can spot where you have problems.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia can vary.  You may experience one symptom or you may experience several symptoms.  With mild to moderate hypoglycemia you may experience nervousness, chills, clammy skin, sweating,  nausea, rapid heart rate,  irritability, confusion, blurry vision, unsteadiness, anxiousness and you may have trouble walking.  In the case of severe hypoglycemia it can lead to seizures, coma, loss of consciousness and even death.

When you have hypoglycemia you want to consume a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein.  By following a healthy diet for hypoglycemia you can dramatically improve or even eliminate your symptoms.

You may find it is better for you to eat five or six smaller meals each day instead of eating three large meals. Eating small meals will help keep your blood sugar levels stabilized and under control.

Include fiber in your diet in the form of whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts.  All of these foods contain fiber and are good for you.

Don’t be tempted to skip some meals and consume coffee instead.  Caffeine is something you should limit when you have hypoglycemia.  The caffeine can make you feel full and you will not want to eat a healthy meal that your body needs to function properly.  Caffeine should never be a substitute for a healthy meal.

Eliminate or cut down drastically on your use of white sugar and cut way down on the consumption of fried foods.  You want to eliminate any soda you were drinking from your diet.  Soda has no place in a diet for hypoglycemia since it is loaded with sugar.  Don’t switch to diet soda either because the chemicals in diet soda are not good for you.

Another item you want to eliminate from your diet for hypoglycemia is alcohol.  Alcohol acts the same as eating processed carbohydrates.  When ingested it converts to simple sugar which your body then needs to counteract with insulin.  Since the insulin will last longer in your body than the sugar this can trigger an incidence of low blood sugar.  If you must have a drink eat some foods with it that are high in protein and low in carbs.  The protein will help maintain your blood sugar levels.  Substitute water for some drinks.  The water will help keep you hydrated and will help your body get rid of the alcohol sooner.  If you drink water, you may not want as many alcoholic drinks.  If you want to be able to worry less about your hypoglycemia, then just quit drinking.  If you need help to quit go find it.  There is help available.

You can lessen your risk for complications and even lessen the risk of becoming a full blown diabetic if you follow a good diet for hypoglecemia.