Blood Sugar and Functional Hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia causes significant mood changes that can appear to be anxiety, irritability, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and as well affective dis-regulation. Chronic stress results in hypoglycemia, to which, the symptoms of hyperglycemia appear. Blood sugar levels are also related to your circadian rhythm, as well as your adrenal function. People who suffer with chronic stress often have hyperactive hyperglycaemia, which if unchecked can develop into type 2 diabetes.
There is a new term that has been coined within the last ten years, which is ‘diabetes type 3’. Diabetes type 3 is a reflection of research that has shown that there is a new understanding, in which it has been determined that Altziemers disease is a type of diabetes of the brain. Diabetes type 3 shows us that what occurs in the body occurs in the brain, and as such it has been shown that it is associated with diets that are high in refined carbohydrates.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia and blood sugar levels have a checklist of symptoms such as dizziness, feeling shaky, confusion, inability to focus, hunger, agitation, feeling the need to cry, headache, irritability, pounding heart or racing pulse, as well as feeling tired. Hypoglycaemia can result in mood changes as well as ill attention in both children and adults. There is a significant relationship between an unhealthy diet and poor mental health in children and adolescents. Hypoglycemia is most often apparent in cases of alcoholism, because alcohol is a different type of sugar, that when being consumed in high quantities can be linked to hypoglycemia. Hypoglycaemia is commonly seen in people with schizophrenia, also people who have drug and food addictions and people who suffer from obesity.
Hypoglycemia refers to low blood glucose and low blood glucose is often associated with poor adrenal function, meaning that both are under stress and therefore vulnerable to react to hypoglycaemia. Those that do not eat a healthy diet and binge on carbohydrates have hypoglycaemia and they don't even know it. Many vegetarians are actually hypoglycaemic, especially if they do not consume enough protein to stabilizer their blood sugar. Children and adults who have severe mood swings and irritability experience significant improvement when their carbohydrate addiction is addressed. Those that suffer with hypoglycaemia are also suffering from a deficiency from essential fatty acids with symptoms that include dry skin and hair, and poor functioning of the pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
People who fall asleep but wake in the wee hours of the morning at three or four AM and struggle to get back to sleep, may be experiencing nighttime hypoglycaemia. If you are the type of person that stops eating at a certain time at night in order to avoid nighttime eating might actually benefit from eating some protein and some carbohydrates just before going to bed, if this early morning wakefulness is a problem for you. Eating a snack will help prevent the liver from releasing too much glucose and allow you to get your much needed sleep.
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