What is Hypoglycaemia?

What is Hypoglycaemia?

Hypoglycaemia (phew that was a difficult word to type…) is also known as low blood sugar. Not just low as in slightly lower than average, but when your blood sugar level suddenly dropped, and you will… I mean you will know when that happens.

To me and my mother, the drop of blood sugar level would start a weird sickness almost like motion sickness and dizziness… or even when it dropped more drastically we can feel a bit faint. Not a very nice feeling to be honest with you.

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I had that a lot more when I started my puberty, and I don’t have it as often nowadays. My mother however still experiences it a lot, so she always have a box of sweets in her purse to boost the sugar level until she’s ready to eat properly.

Back then the information about hypoglycaemia wasn’t really easily acquired. Not to me, a high school students whose access to information was just my school library. And to be fair, even if the information was there, I did not really think that it is a health condition. I thought it was just a sign of hunger, and I thought everybody has it too.

When I went to university the first time, I shared a house with a bunch of older medical students. They often lounged in the living room while studying together. I still amazed me how efficient their group study was, so that in the end of the semester all of them always passed with good grades. Or they might be the smart bunch. I don’t know.

Anyway… since they’re older than I was, they’ve already spent around two or three years studying medicine, and some already worked in the university hospital. And that’s when I probably has blurted that I felt dizzy and need to get something sweet.

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One of them looked concerned, and asked if I have a family medical history of diabetes (I do), and if I had been tested for diabetes (I hadn’t but my mum insisted that we have a routine blood test check up every year, and I was alright). But that’s it… that’s where I got the information.

That’s the first time I heard of hypoglycaemia. I was 18.

Until today, I don’t know what causes it. To be honest I have never thought about it since I never had it for years until the other week when I started counting my calorie and thought it might be a good idea to try a day of intermittent fasting.

I mean I wasn’t doing much, I would be alright… right? Apparently not. I started getting that weird sickness again, so I gave up the fasting. Later on I found out that it was a correct decision… because after all these years, I finally looked up for some more information about hypoglycaemia.

It’s not pretty.

Originally I wanted to see if it is possible that someone who suffered from hypoglycaemia to do Intermittent Fasting. Instead I ended up learning more about myself, and that is an eye opener. I like it when my eyes were forced to open and see more facts.

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It was a wise decision to start taking a small amount of sugary stuff when you start to experience the early symptoms of hypoglycaemia such as fainting, dizzy, nausea, feeling shaky, etc (don’t worry, I will give you the useful informative links about how to recognise the symptoms at the end of this blabs). I know this might be unthinkable for those on a low carb diet, but for the sake of your safety just do it…

Because untreated the symptoms can only get worse you might pass out, lose consciousness, slurred speech, or seizure.

Now this is personal to me, but since I have never taken this condition seriously, I still don’t have any idea what causes my hypoglycaemia. There are oodles of reasons why this can happen, and one of them was hormonal (it might be it, but it can be something more dangerous). But if you are considering intermittent fasting, but kept feeling shaky before your ‘eating window’ started, you might want to see your GP first before you are embarking on such commitment. You might have hypoglycaemia and ended up hurting yourself.

After getting this new information, I think I might go and discuss this with my husband whether I have to inform my GP about the condition. Maybe I can get myself tested to see if I have some underlying health issues. But if I do, I might wait until the lockdown is done, because… screw that, I am not going to go anywhere near the medical practises where the sick people are. Pfft….

Thank you for reading, and this is some links 🙂

https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/hypoglycemia-a-to-z

https://www.diabetes.org/healthy-living/medication-treatments/blood-glucose-testing-and-control/hypoglycemia

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/low-blood-sugar-hypoglycaemia/

https://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/diabetes/non-diabetic-hypoglycemia#

Love,

Mel x

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