What is Hypoglycemia?
Literally speaking hypoglycemia, also called reactive hypoglycemia, means low blood sugar. The body tries at all times to maintain a nearly constant blood sugar level. This is especially important for the brain and the nervous system. The only fuel the brain can use is glucose. If there is blood sugar imbalance, if the blood sugar level for some reason is depressed below normal, or if blood sugar levels drop too rapidly, the brain is unable to function appropriately. This can lead to a wide variety of symptoms associated with abnormal nervous system function. As we see later, in response to low blood sugar the adrenal glands release adrenaline into the blood stream. Adrenaline produces symptoms of anxiety, trembling and/or panic attacks.
Symptoms Associated with Hypoglycemia - Low Blood Sugar
Dietary Consumption of Sugar can lead to Hypoglycemia, Low blood Sugar and eventually to Diabetes
They are three types of foods: carbohydrates, fats and proteins.
The sugar consumption in the United States of America has climbed steadily over the last two centuries. 200 years ago, the average person in America consumed less than ten pounds of sugar per year.
In the 1890 is the cola craze swept the nation. These drinks were essentially water and sugar.
By 1975 the average sugar consumption in America had increased to 120 pounds of sugar per year. In 1990 the sugar consumption had increased by nearly 20 pounds to 138 pounds a year. This equals 170 grams of sugar per day. In addition, modern food processing such as milling, leads to nutritionally empty foods.
Even though the French eat plenty of butter, cheese, liver pate and other fatty foods, the incidence of heart disease is 60 percent lower than in United States. The solution to this seeming paradox lies in fact that Americans consume 5 to 7 times more sugar than the French. So, what is wrong with the typical American diet?
The Standard American Diet - "SAD"
The average person in America consumes approximately 425 grams of carbohydrates(starches and simple sugars), 105 grams of protein(amino acids), and 168 grams of fat(glycerol and fatty acids) per day.
Of the carbohydrate, about 60 percent is starch (polysaccharide), 30 percent sucrose, a disaccharide(a combination of two simple sugars) of glucose and fructose, and most of the remainder lactose(milk sugar), a disaccharide of glucose and galactose. Carbohydrate taken in the diet is broken down(hydrolyzed) in the gastrointestinal tract to give the monosaccharides(one simple sugar) glucose (80%), fructose (15%), and galactose (5%). Glucose and galactose are actively transported into the blood directly by the intestinal cells. Low levels of fructose will be converted by the intestinal cells into glucose, whereas high levels of fructose ingested result in fructose being directly absorbed.
Simple sugars represent 40 percent of the total carbohydrate intake among Americans. This means that the sugar intake of the average American amounts to 25 percent of the total daily food by weight. Sugar holds no nutritional value, it is actually harmful to your health. If we do not consume sugar straight in the form of candy, tea spoons of white powder for coffee and tea etc., it is inserted in thousands of foods. Just read the labels!
Because all of the necessary carbohydrates can be synthesized in sufficient amounts, there is no dietary requirement for carbohydrate and, typically, humans can exist with little or no carbohydrate being provided in the diet.
You can live on protein and fats alone!
You cannot live on just carbohydrates!
Hypoglycemia - Low Blood Sugar is dangerous and must be taken seriously!
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