Hypoglycemia By Gabby Fringette
I’ve been away for a little while, but I’m back for this week. I’ll be a bit sporadic due to school and other obligations, but I simply can’t stay away for long!
When people think of hypoglycemia, they think of diabetics. It’s true, low blood sugar effects diabetics in a very negative way, but anyone can be effected. It’s caused by lack of sugar in the blood, commonly because it’s been too long since you’ve eaten. The symptoms vary, and are dependent on how long it’s been since you’ve eaten. The shakes, sweating, stomachache, and feeling faint are common early stages. Fainting and nausea come later. It also effects the mental capacity, making you disoriented, and irritable for seemingly no reason. For about fifteen minutes before you feel the negative effects, you’ll be feeling great, and everything will work at great efficiency. I refer to this as ‘the golden fifteen minutes’. This is because your pancreas is pumping the last of your sugar into your blood. Like an old two-stroke engine running on fumes, it runs great till it doesn’t. Ain’t it dandy folks?
Fortunately, eating will put you to rights. You need sugar in your blood, which can be obtained by the consumption of fruit, candy, juice, or better yet, a full meal. However, if it’s been more than a few hours since you’ve eaten, start with some fruit, or you’ll feel worse before you feel better when you eat.
People with certain diseases can be very heavily effected or more sensitive to hypoglycemia. Diabetes springs to mind first, but cancer patients, and people with Addison’s disease, or other diseases that cause low cortisol.
So if you’re feeling wobbly and inexplicably angry at everyone, especially the neighbor with the loud stereo, eat an apple before breaking into the crazy zone.