Optimum level of glucose in blood is essential to ensure that cells receive adequate amount of glucose to produce energy to perform the various metabolic activities. Insulin, a hormone released by the pancreas plays a vital role in regulating the blood glucose levels.
Drop in the normal level of glucose in the blood is referred to as hypoglycemia, which is a common condition among diabetic patients. Reactive hypoglycemia is a form of hypoglycemia, which occurs about four to five hours after consuming a meal and affects individuals that don’t suffer from diabetes.
Causes Of Reactive Hypoglycemia
The cause for the development of the condition is not clearly understood. Researchers suggest that in certain individuals, the body is more sensitive to the hormone epinephrine, which can trigger the manifestation of symptoms of hypoglycemia. Some researchers suggest that the condition may be associated with glucagon deficiency.
The other causes for reactive hypoglycemia include bariatric surgery (performed to treat morbid obesity) or hereditary intolerance of fructose. In certain cases, withdrawal of certain drugs like inositol is also associated with temporary reactive hypoglycemia.
Reactive Hypoglycemia Symptoms
While the symptomatology would depend upon various factors including the level of decline of concentration of blood glucose, individual’s hydration and sensitivity, some of the common symptoms include the following,
- Blurry vision or diplopia (double vision) is common. The condition is associated with inability to think clearly, dizziness, light headedness and insomnia.
- Palpitation and fibrillation are common symptoms which are often associated with sweating and excessive headaches.
- Fatigue, depression, twitching of muscles, tremors and nervousness are associated symptoms.
- Increased irritability, flushing of the skin along with confusion and panic attacks may also be observed in some cases.
- Nausea, vomiting, increased appetite and craving for sweets are associated gastrointestinal symptoms observed in associated with this condition.
Natural Treatment For Reactive Hypoglycemia
The treatment of reactive hypoglycemia comprises of dietary and lifestyle modifications, along with the use of certain home remedies and natural treatments,
- A low carbohydrate diet is recommended. Foods that are high in carbohydrates can lead to sudden increase in production of insulin and thereby lead to reactive hypoglycemia. Avoid refined and processed foods and instead opt for organic and natural food products.
- Eat small quantities of food at frequent intervals of about three to four hours. Limit the intake of sugar and high carbohydrate meals.
- Ensure that your diet is balanced and comprises of foods including meat, poultry, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and dairy products. It is recommended to choose a high fiber diet which includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Regular exercise is the key to the management of the condition. Exercises help optimum utilization of glucose and improve metabolism and prevent sudden spikes and fluctuation in blood sugar levels. Exercise also improves the body’s natural ability to cope with stress and thereby helps in regulating hormonal imbalances and variations.
- Cinnamon is considered very useful in regulation blood sugar levels. Experts recommend consumption of three to four grams of cinnamon each day, especially in individuals with glucose intolerance.