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Shaky Before Eating

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author image Laura Niedziocha
Laura Niedziocha began her writing career in 2007. She has contributed material to the Stoneking Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Lambertville, N.J., and her work has appeared in various online publications. Niedziocha graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. She also has her Associate of Arts in communications from the Community College of Philadelphia.
Shaky Before Eating
If you skip breakfast, you may start feeling shaky before lunch. Photo Credit lunch time image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com

A symptom such as shakiness before eating is your body telling you something is not right. There are several reasons that your body may be getting shaky between meals. Hypoglycemia -- too little glucose in your blood -- is probably the main reason. Preventing hypoglycemia may help reduce shakiness and can offer some other health benefits too.

Glucose

Your body converts the carbohydrates you eat into glucose. Circulating glucose in the blood stream enters into cells with the help of insulin. Inside the cells, glucose is used to make energy. If energy is not needed then your cells store it for later. All of your cells run on glucose, and without adequate glucose your cells may not be able to function.

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood glucose runs low. It is also known as blood sugar and generally varies in a normal, healthy person between 70 and 110 mg/dL. One major symptom of hypoglycemia is shakiness. Other symptoms include hunger, sweating, nervousness, confusion, fatigue, trouble speaking and anxious behavior.





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Causes

There are several reasons why your blood sugar may be running low, causing you to be shaky before eating. Low blood glucose could mean that you are waiting too long between meals. A condition known as reactive hypoglycemia can occur four hours after eating. If you do not snack between meals and you wait four hours for your next meal, this could be the cause. It might also mean that you are eating too few calories or too few carbohydrates. Without enough calories or carbs, your body cannot keep an adequate amount of glucose in your blood.

Prevention

To prevent shakiness before eating, try eating more frequently. It is best to eat three meals per day and have healthy snacks in between. You may think this is counterproductive to maintaining a healthy weight, but eating frequently gives your body energy. Eating more frequently may not only reduce shakiness; it can also improve your health.

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