is a disorder of blood sugar metabolism which may result in diabetes in
later life. It is a condition in which the pancreas produces too much
causing the blood sugar to drop.
in healthy people some hours after a meal rich in carbohydrates,
following muscular exertion. It is frequently found in the first few
of life, especially among premature infants.
Hypoglycemia is a
disorder as the brain cannot function properly when the blood sugar
is too low. Like all other organs of the body, the brain receives its
from the diet. But it can use only the sugar produced by the body from
carbohydrates. Unlike many of the body tissues, it cannot store its
Therefore, it must get a constant supply of sugar through the
by subnormal blood sugar levels can seriously affect a person’s life.
A craving for sweets
starches in excessive amount between meals is the first sign of low
sugar level. When the blood sugar level falls much below normal,
such as nervousness, irritability, fatigue, depression, disturbed
and headache appear. Other symptoms are sweating, trembling, numbness,
absent-mindedness, dizziness, palpitation of the heart and some sexual
disturbances. Most hypoglycemia patients feel hungry and eat frequently
to get over the feeling of weakness and emotional irritability. They
tense if they have to go without food for several hours.
caused by an excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugar foods.
These substances cause the pancreas, the adrenal gland and the liver to
lose their ability to handle the sugar properly. Other causes of low
sugar are a tumor, disturbed functioning of the liver, pituitary gland
or adrenal glands. Stress intensifies this condition as it weakens the
adrenal glands and starts a faulty pattern of glucose intolerance.