If you have been dieting in order to lose weight, food and nutrition restriction may be part of your overall diet plan. It is not healthy to restrict your body of vital nutrients and fluids as this can lead to dehydration and bouts of low blood sugar. If you are dieting and experience symptoms of low blood sugar, make sure you have the right food handy in case your levels drop low.
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Hypoglycemia is caused by low levels of blood sugar in the blood stream. Your body needs blood glucose in order to carry glycogen to cells for energy. This energy is used to keep the body moving through organ function and muscle activity. One way to get instant energy into the bloodstream is to eat raw sugar or glucose. Within minutes, your body will be replenished and your energy levels should return. Examples of foods you can take if you feel your blood sugar drop are raw sugar, corn syrup, juice, soda or crackers.
Hypoglycemia can be caused by not getting enough to eat. If you severely restrict your caloric intake, you are not getting enough nutrients in your blood stream. This can worsen if you participate in rigorous workout activity that can use up your energy supplies much faster. If you are diabetic and are on a diet that restricts carbohydrates and sugar, you may also experience hypoglycemia. If you take insulin to manage your diabetes, you may find drops in your blood glucose levels, resulting in low blood sugar symptoms.
Low blood sugar can bring about an array of symptoms. Initially, you may feel dizzy or lightheaded. Muscle tremors or shaking may also occur. This is an obvious symptom and can get worse as your blood sugar level drops. You may also have a bad headache along with confusion or difficulty concentrating on the task at hand. Extreme hunger is also a sign of low blood sugar. Sweating along with pale skin may also be present. Eating foods that are balance from all of the foods groups such as vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, whole grains and protein, while staying in a normal calorie range of 2,000 calories may prevent hypoglycemic episodes.
When levels drop to a certain threshold, you can go into diabetic shock. This is a serious condition in which the body begins to shut down due to lack of fuel from low blood glucose. At this point, you may feel dizzy and you may pass out. Within minutes a hypoglycemic episode can turn into a life-threatening condition. Get prompt emergency care; an injection of glucagon may be needed in order to restore consciousness. Medical testing may need to be done to rule out internal organ injury.