Hypoglycemia can be a hard enough condition as it is, what with the constant eating and checking blood sugar levels. It can be even harder trying to keep track of the things you need to avoid. In this article we will discuss the top 5 things every hypoglycemic should avoid, and hopefully give you a better idea of how to manage your hypoglycemia. You may also notice a trend that these are all things that, really, everyone should avoid.
5.) Exercising On An Empty Stomach
Exercising on an empty stomach, and that most definitely includes intercourse, is a bad idea for those who suffer from hypoglycemia. If you have hypoglycemia, your blood sugar levels are generally going to be low anyway. Having an empty stomach and exercising will just lower the levels even more. Your body needs an energy source in order to get the full benefits of exercise, and not eating is only going to make you weaker and increase your chances of experiencing hypoglycemia symptoms. Be sure to have a good source of energy before you go burning it off.
4.) Anxiety And Stress
In today's world, anxiety and stress have just become a part of life. Everyone has such busy lives it makes it near impossible to avoid the stress and anxiety of everyday life, especially if you have pre-existing anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, since anxiety and stress are so prevalant in our lives, people have forgotten just how detrimental stress and anxiety are to their health.
Those with hypoglycemia have to be extra careful though, as stress and anxiety actually cause blood sugar levels to drop even more. This creates sort of a catch-22 in some ways for hypoglycemics, as one of the symptoms of low blood sugar is increased anxiety. Not to mention how frightening and stressful it can be when you experience the more severe reactive hypoglycemia symptoms and getting close to hypoglycemic shock.
The moral of the story is, not only is stress and anxiety horrible for your overall health, it also causes blood sugar levels to drop and in turn causes even more stress and anxiety. The key is to find a way to mentally overcome stress and anxiety. Unfortunately that key is usually bigger than the keyhole itself.
3.) Sugary and Starchy Foods/Drinks
At times, sugary and starchy foods can be life-saving to someone experiencing a hypoglycemia attack. Though in a broader sense these are actually things hypoglycemics should try to avoid. Sugary and starchy foods and drinks like white bread, white rice, potatoes, soda (even diet), candy and cake can cause a number of issues for those with hypoglycemia. This is largely due to the fact that sugary and starchy foods are made up almost entirely of simple carbohydrates.
Simple carbs are a big no-no for hypoglycemics because of how quickly they are processed. Simple carbs will almost instantly spike your blood sugar levels, but the main issue is how fast your blood sugar levels then plummet, causing a "crash" and resulting in reactive hypoglycemia symptoms. Hypoglycemics should avoid these kinds of foods as much as possible as these foods are not included in the hypoglycemia diet at all.
2.) Drug Abuse
I would sincerely hope that this topic doesn't need to be explained in much detail. Obviously, drug abuse is horrible for everyone, but when you have problems with hypoglycemia the last thing you need are drugs in your system that may inhibit glucose from being released, or drugs that make your metabolism go haywire. The other point I want to make on this topic is to always discuss your hypoglycemia with a doctor before getting medications that contain beta-blockers, which are notorious for inhibiting glucose from being released.
Alcohol is easily the #1 thing you need to avoid if you're hypoglycemic. Alcohol, though legal and widely popular, poses several health risks to the drinker, whether they have symptoms of hypoglycemia or not. However, the effects of alcohol on hypoglycemia are catastrophic.
When you drink alcohol your liver has to stop producing glucose so it can process the alcohol. This is an obvious health risk for hypoglycemics as it takes about 1 hour for your liver to finish processing 1 alcoholic drink. After it's done it converts what's left to sugar and begins releasing it once again. This causes a sudden spike in blood sugar levels followed by a sharp descent due to the simple carbs in alcohol. Drinking alcohol when you have hypoglycemia is extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
Check out my other InfoBarrel for more information on the effects of alcohol on hypoglycemia and how to stay safe.
Avoiding these 5 things are essential for any hypoglycemic to live a healthy life. Please note that hypoglycemia is a serious health condition that can be linked to various ailments. It's important to discuss this with your doctor so he can verify your symptoms and tell you if there's anything else you need to avoid.
If you liked this article and want to learn more about hypoglycemia, be sure to check out my other InfoBarrels:
- The Hypoglycemia Diet Plan
- Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)
- How to Treat a Reactive Hypoglycemia Attack
How Alcohol Affects Hypoglycemia: The Effects of Alcohol on Hypoglycemia and How to Stay Safe
- What is Hypoglycemia? Answers to Basic Questions About Hypoglycemia