Understanding Hypoglycemia or Low Blood Sugar – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 422
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
I often speak about elevated blood glucose in the setting of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. Today, I want to talk a little bit about hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar levels. This is actually really, really common. Oftentimes, people are unaware of the fact that diabetes is the primary reason as to why people can experience low blood glucose.†
What causes hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia is also known as low blood glucose. This occurs when the level of sugar in your blood drops below what is actually healthy for you. For many people who have diabetes, this usually happens when their blood glucose drops below 70, but this can vary from one person to the next.†
We know that people who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and are taking insulin or some other diabetic medications are very prone to these bouts of hypoglycemia. They can have a whole slew of different symptoms that can actually lead to them going to the emergency room. Maybe they feel tired, dizzy, jittery or shaky. Maybe they feel like their heart is beating too fast or has an abnormal rhythm to it. They may get a headache. Some people may even have a problem with speaking clearly. In very severe cases, people may even end up with seizures or loss of consciousness. This is really, really problematic.†
Hypoglycemia affects more than just diabetics. We can also look at people who have PCOS or advanced liver or kidney disease. There are many different causative reasons as to why your blood glucose can be thrown off. We can look at adrenal dysfunction. Certain medications can also contribute to this.†
How to support healthy blood sugar levels
We have to look at what we can be doing long-term to help support healthy levels of sugar in the blood. We can look at how we can slow the rate of sugar spiking in the blood. Fiber can help support this. Fiber is wonderful when it comes to slowing the rate of carbohydrate absorption. It’s important to pick healthy foods like fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber.†
We can also look at other nutrients that can be beneficial. White kidney bean extract, which is found in our Phase 2Ⓡ Starch & Carb Neutralizer formulation, helps to impede alpha-amylase. Alpha-amylase is the enzyme that’s responsible for breaking down those sugars, so it’s helping to slow that rate of glucose being spiked up.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH explains what hypoglycemia is. She details how blood glucose and insulin are related and provides recommendations for foods and nutrients that can help support healthy blood sugar levels.†
- Research on hypoglycemia
- What low blood sugar can do to your body
- How elevated blood sugar can impact insulin and hypoglycemia
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