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Dr Jon Morley

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How Low Can You Go?

Functional hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) is a far more common problem than what people are aware of. It’s difficult to diagnose through conventional testing, it mimics so many non-specific problems and there is no drug to treat it: the upshot of this is that this challenging dysfunction is overlooked by many doctors.

Essentially, the situation presents itself with many of the following symptoms: waking with nausea, tired and not hungry, or even avoiding food, energy slumps through the day, headaches, anxiety for no reason, palpitations, sweaty for no reason, irrational phobias, muscle and body aches, dizziness, numbness, abdominal discomfort and cramps, chronic indigestion, obesity, crying spells, confusion, poor concentration, blurry vision, internal trembling, insomnia, excessive sweating at night, sugar cravings, cold hands and feet, moodiness, fainting or blackouts...even convulsions, depression and suicidal thoughts. An eminent psychiatrist in USA felt that two-thirds of psychiatric problems may have hypoglycaemia at their root.

Considering that glucose metabolism is central to the proper function of all our cells, one can understand why its effects are so widespread in the body: essentially via impaired brain function and over-activity of the adrenal system.

Functional hypoglycaemia is essentially a faulty way the body deals with the presence of sugar in the blood. We need the sugar (glucose) to enter cells to assist with energy production, especially the brain. Broadly speaking, excessive amounts of sugar in the blood demand excessive amounts of insulin to be secreted to maintain healthy levels of blood sugar, and hence cell metabolism. When this pattern repeats itself, the excess insulin may cause the blood sugar levels to drop below what is considered ‘normal’ by the individual. This low sugar then affects all cells.

The dysfunction may be the result of excessively long or intense periods of stress, it may be the cumulative result of bad diet (excessive sugars including non-nutritive sweeteners, refined foods, very low fat and protein), it may result from long term use of certain medicines or lifestyle habits that deplete the minerals necessary for proper insulin and sugar regulation, such as vitamin C, pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), vitamin B12, zinc, chromium, etc. Excessive alcohol consumption, carbohydrate-only meals, food allergies, excessive caffeine intake, smoking, and habitual cannabis use are common lifestyle causes. There are more involved causes that often need to be ruled out, such as genetic metabolic and enzyme problems, thyroid problems, pancreatic problems, growth hormone deficiencies, sepsis, and a list of other rarer conditions.

The problem is becoming a lot more common-place these days, with the popularity of processed foods, devoid of healthy fats and essential nutrients. I am convinced that far too many children are being diagnosed treated for ADD/ADHD, without evaluating the presence of hypoglycaemia. Our lifestyles have become so fast and high pressured, breakfast is often skipped, or maybe hastily consumed, as refined breakfast cereals and coffee are more popular than ever.

I will further discuss this health challenge and the simple things that can help in a follow-up article.

 
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