Have you ever gone through a period of feeling nervous, confused, dizzy or just couldn’t sleep? There’s a chance that you may have undergone the symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia (also known as idiopathic reactive hypoglycemia). What you’re about to learn is what it is, how you can recognize and treat these symptoms safely on your own.
What is Reactive Hypoglycemia
While hypoglycemia usually occurs in diabetics, many non-diabetics have these symptoms as well. Reactive hypoglycemia is a low blood sugar “reaction”. An example of this is your blood sugar dropping after a meal. Refer to blood sugar levels chart for additional information.
While this is typical, it becomes a problem when you blood sugar drops down below a certain threshold and you begin to experience symptoms which can disrupt your every day activities.
Recognizing the Symptoms
Some symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia include and are not limited to: dizziness, nervousness, shakiness, sleeplessness, confusion, hungriness, and also sweating. Most people within there lifetimes have experienced at least several of these symptoms.
So what sets you apart from a person experiencing reactive hypoglycemia? You think that a doctor could tell the difference. However, it’s pretty tough since most people will see a doctor when they are not going through those symptoms while at there doctor visit.
One way you can tell is by monitoring yourself. Do you undergo these symptoms after a special event in your daily life? Is your blood sugar really low? If you really want to know, you can purchase a glucose meter to track your blood sugar levels. If you’re blood sugar level is below 70 mg/dl, this should be a concern to you.
You’ll want to consult a physician and let them know what you’ve found. Time of day of the reaction and meal times are important to keep track of as well. Do keep in mind that people may have symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia even if there blood sugar levels are above 70 mg/dl.
Treating Reactive Hypoglycemia
When your blood sugar levels are low, consume or eat 15 mg of carbohydrates to give you blood glucose a boost. After 15 minutes, check you glucose levels to see if it is above 70 mg/dl. Keeping a balance is important. If your blood glucose levels are too low or too high, it is at an abnormal state. For some cases natural herbs can be a very effective treatment too. Angelica archangelica is known for its healing effects and has been around for some time.
If you want to prevent reactive hypoglycemia, try staying away from foods which can spike up your blood sugar levels. So you’ll want to stay away from or limit foods with processed sugars and/or carbohydrates. Eating in moderation, eating healthy, and keeping up an active lifestyle will help you in the long term.