Hypoglycemia means "low blood sugar levels", but the name doesn't really cover the pathology. In fact, hypoglycemia is a condition which causes your blood sugar levels to fluctuate.
Dangers of Fluctuating Blood Sugar Levels
As Mr. McCulley discovered during his coma episode, high blood sugar levels are very toxic for the human body. But, what he also discovered was that low blood sugar could be just as toxic for the human body!
Why? Because the constant fluctuating of high and low blood sugar wreaks havoc with the body's glucose regulatory system, causing the release of stress hormones and inflammatory markers that further fuel the progression of the diabetes.
The constant push from Western Medicine telling you to lower your blood sugar sometimes leads to over-medication, causing unnecessary low blood sugar readings, that, then, require you to take a sugar tablet to bring your glucose level back up!
This is one of the reasons why the author designed his diabetes program to focus on blood glucose stabilization as a health goal instead of just focusing on lowering the blood glucose level.
When blood glucose begins to fall, glucagon—another hormone made by the pancreas—signals the liver to break down glycogen and release glucose into the bloodstream. Blood glucose will then rise toward a normal level.
In some people with diabetes, this glucagon response to hypoglycemia is impaired and other hormones such as epinephrine, also called adrenaline, may raise the blood glucose level.
But with diabetes treated with insulin or pills that increase insulin production, glucose levels can't easily return to the normal range.
Hypoglycemia can happen suddenly. It is usually mild and can be treated quickly and easily by eating or drinking a small amount of glucose-rich food.
If left untreated, hypoglycemia can get worse and cause confusion, clumsiness, or fainting. Severe hypoglycemia can lead to seizures, coma, and even death.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia
Symptoms associated with hypoglycemia may include the following:
- dizziness or light-headedness
- difficulty speaking
Hypoglycemia can also happen during sleep. Some signs of hypoglycemia during sleep include:
- crying out or having nightmares
- finding pajamas or sheets damp from perspiration
- feeling tired, irritable, or confused after waking up
Causes of Hypoglycemia
In people on insulin or pills that increase insulin production, low blood glucose can be due to:
- too high of a dosage of medication
- meals or snacks that are too small, delayed, or skipped
- increased physical activity
- alcoholic beverages
Note: Other possible causes of hypoglycemia can be the result of gastrointestinal disorders, pancreatic dysfunction, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system, pituitary, liver, cancer of the pancreas, etc.
Prompt Treatment for Hypoglycemia
When people think their blood glucose is too low, they should check the blood glucose level of a blood sample using a meter. If the level is below 70 mg/dL, one of these quick-fix foods should be consumed right away to raise blood glucose:
- 3 or 4 glucose tablets
- 1 serving of glucose gel—the amount equal to 15 grams of carbohydrate
- 1/2 cup, or 4 ounces, of any fruit juice
- 1/2 cup, or 4 ounces, of a regular—not diet—soft drink
- 1 cup, or 8 ounces, of milk
- 5 or 6 pieces of hard candy
- 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey
Note: Recommended amounts may be less for small children. The child's doctor can advise about the right amount to give a child.
The next step is to recheck your blood glucose in 15 minutes to make sure it is 70 mg/dL or above. If it's still too low, another serving of a quick-fix food should be eaten.
These steps should be repeated until the blood glucose level is 70 mg/dL or above. If the next meal is an hour or more away, a snack should be eaten once the quick-fix foods have raised the blood glucose level to 70 mg/dL or above.
Key Point: Avoid these low readings and quick fixes as much as possible. Why? Because the short-term sugar fixes create a boomerang effect that may keep you from being able to reverse your diabetes in the long run.
This is one of the reasons why the Death to Diabetes Program focuses on the importance of blood glucose stabilization instead of just lowering your blood glucose.
How to Treat Hypoglycemia Naturally
A proactive treatment strategy is critical to defeating hyperglycemia. Otherwise, you may develop pre-diabetes and finally fully-blown diabetes.
The treatment protocol consists of the following regimen:
- Follow a dietary program that focuses on blood glucose stabilization.
- Eat a balance of good carbs, proteins, fats, and water with each meal.
- Eat smaller meals and eat more frequently.
- Drink raw vegetables juices; avoid all fruit juices!
- Eat fiber-rich foods such as vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds.
- Use high quality fats such as extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil with your meals.
- Stop eating most processed carbohydrates and starches such as bread, crackers, pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, etc.
- Don't eat too many foods high in calcium: cheese, yogurt, milk.
- For a snack such as an apple or some other fruit, always have it with some protein and fat to offset the carbs from the fruit. For example, have a handful of walnuts or almonds, which contain the necessary protein and fat.
- Take a magnesium-glycinate supplement which is the only form of magnesium that can increase intracellular magnesium effectively.
- Avoid the low carb diets, high carb diets, low fat diets -- they're all fads!
- Get a health coach/nutritionist who is not stuck in the 1980s and 1990s of the low fat and high carb diets.
By following these suggestions, within days, you will start to feel a lot better.
Over time this will break the vicious cycle. It usually takes half a year on the balanced diet to repair the (damaged) cells and reduce the insulin resistance.
It's very important to understand that it's not wise to restart the old eating habits afterwards, because then the vicious cycle will restart and the hypoglycemia will return with a vengeance. So, after you're healed, continue to avoid the poor quality carbohydrates.
Treating Hypoglycemia Naturally | 7 Steps
The treatment of hypoglycemia and insulin resistance primarily involves the following 7 steps:
- Follow Plant-based Diet
- Avoid High GI Foods
- Add Nutritional Supplements
- Use Raw Juicing
- Perform Cleanse/Detox
- Address Gut Problems
- Reduce Stress
- Exercise Consistently
Overview of Natural Treatment Strategy:
1. Follow Plant-based Diet - Eat lots of low GI/GL foods, especially green, leafy and bright-colored vegetables. Include quality proteins and fats to offset the carbs (to maintain blood glucose stabilization).
2. Avoid High GI Foods (Simple Sugars) - Remove simple sugars from the diet, including flour, sugar, HFCS, crackers, soda, diet soda, sweets, etc.
3. Replenish Important Nutrients - Make sure you have a good intake of important nutrients involved in blood sugar control such as chromium, Vitamin B3, zinc, biotin, and the other nutrients we discussed. These nutrients should be supplied by both diet, and supplements if necessary.
If necessary, supplement with antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, alpha-lipoic acid, N-Acetyl-Cysteine, and silymarin.
Refer to Chapter 8 in the Death to Diabetes book or the Nutritional Supplements Ebook for more details.
4. Use Raw Juicing to Reduce Oxidative Stress - Use raw juicing to obtain key nutrients that can get into your cells more quickly and reduce the oxidative stress and stabilize blood sugars.
Please Note: Juicing can spike your blood sugar, so get the author's juicing book to ensure that you juice the right way.
Also, eat antioxidant-rich foods such as bright-colored vegetables and fruits to treat nutritional deficiencies, gut problems and adrenal hormone imbalances while helping to reduce oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress can also be reduced by limiting exposure to chemicals and other environmental toxins as much as possible.
5. Cleanse/Detox. If you are dealing with multiple health issues, you may want to consider doing a complete full body detox.
Refer to Chapter 9 in the Death to Diabetes book or the Cleanse/Detox Ebook for more details.
6. Treat Gut Problems - Improving gut health is vitally important if this is an issue for you. Eat foods with anti-inflammatory properties such as spinach, blueberries and wild salmon. Get tested for food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome and infections with Candida, bacteria, and parasites. If these are a problem for you, seek appropriate treatment.
Avoid foods that trigger gut problems, e.g. wheat, gluten, milk, cheese, etc. Use raw juicing to help heal the gut.
Note: If you have celiac disease or some other autoimmune condition that affects your gut, then, get the author's Autoimmune Disease ebook.
7. Reduce Stress - Tackling problems of stress can make a huge difference to the severity of hypoglycemia and insulin resistance. This could mean making adjustments to your lifestyle, using stress reduction techniques like yoga, meditation, or relaxation CD's, and addressing hormonal imbalances (cortisol and DHEA).
Also, make sure that you are getting enough quality sleep on a nightly basis. For sleeping tips, refer to Chapter 13 in the Death to Diabetes book or the Stress Reduction Ebook for more details.
Note: Cortisol and DHEA levels can be tested at home with a simple saliva test (Stress Check).
8. Exercise Consistently - Including regular moderate exercise in your routine is very beneficial for treating hypoglycemia. Any exercise is beneficial, no matter how little it may seem, just remember not to overdo it as this will undo the beneficial effects. For those with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, this is especially important and just a short walk every day or when you feel able will still help to improve insulin function and reduce hypoglycemic symptoms.
Refer to Chapter 10 in the Death to Diabetes book or the Exercise PDF for more details.
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