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List of Foods to Avoid a Hypoglycemic Attack

by
author image Jennifer Terry
Jennifer Terry is program director for TriCounty Agency for Intellectual Disabilities. As a University of Alabama graduate, she holds a Masters in rehabilitation counseling and a Bachelor in psychology with an emphasis in child development. She also earned an Associate in business management and second Associate in computer information systems from Bevill State Community College. She holds a grant writing certificate from North Georgia College and State University.
List of Foods to Avoid a Hypoglycemic Attack
Avoid high sugar foods like cupcakes. Photo Credit bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Hypoglycemia is the condition which occurs when your glucose (sugar) level is used up faster than the body can supply it. Hypoglycemic attacks can also occur when glucose is released too slowly, or too much insulin is released, causing a decrease in glucose. Sometimes an idiopathic hypoglycemic attack can occur, where there is no known cause.

Carbohydrates

Foods with high carbohydrate contents, or a combination of foods that form a high carbohydrate meal should be avoided. When high levels of carbohydrates are eaten, the body's pancreas reacts by putting out more insulin. Excess insulin can be released beyond the digestion and disposal of the meal's glucose. When excess amounts of insulin are present in the body's system, your circulation slows and you are at risk of gaining weight.

Some of the foods that contain high amounts of carbohydrates are cereals, grains, bagels, white bread, whole wheat bread, oatmeal, spaghetti, oranges, pears, pineapples, raisins, watermelon and blueberries. All chocolate products, skim milk, pastries and candy are also high carbohydrate foods.

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Sugar

Foods high in sugar should be avoided. Foods such as cupcakes, cookies and ice cream are made with sugars that can trigger your body to produce more insulin. The insulin will continue to be produced, resulting in a hypoglycemic attack. Concentrated sugar foods should be avoided. Try eating foods that offer artificial sweeteners or no sweeteners.

Beverages

Fruit juices, alcohol and caffeine should all be avoided to prevent a hypoglycemic attack. Drinking fruit juices over a long span of time can cause high insulin levels, as well as high blood sugar levels. An alternative would be to eat the fruit in its fresh form.

Alcohol generally has a high sugar content, and causes the body to release insulin into the blood stream. People with hypoglycemia will overcompensate for the extra sugar, and their bodies will produce excessive insulin.

Caffeine should be avoided due to the caffeine magnifying the symptoms of hypoglycemia. Caffeine stimulates adrenaline in the same way hypoglycemia does. This leads to a compounding of the symptoms. For instance, the jittery nervous feeling of hypoglycemia can also be made worse with the addition of caffeine.

Considerations

Eating meals and snacks at regular intervals can help reduce the occurrences of hypoglycemic attacks. You may also try to eat smaller amount of foods more often during the day.

You may be at a higher risk of developing cancer since excessive insulin can prevent cell proliferation.

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