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Hypoglycemia and old age: causes and treatments!

It seems that many people all around the world suffer of hypoglycemia. Glucose is an important source of energy for the body and the only one for the brain. This sugar is found in some foods such as grapes and is one of the constituents of sucrose and starch (which is present in potatoes and bread). As they are digested, the foods containing sucrose or starch release their glucose into the bloodstream. Naturally, insulin and other hormones maintain the blood glucose concentration that is adequate for supplying energy and proper functioning of the brain, but if the body can no longer regulate the glycemia, this can lead to hyperglycemia (when the level is too high) and hypoglycemia (when the level is too low). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include hunger, weakness, cold sweat, palpitation, dizziness and mental confusion. If the sufferer does not take immediate measures to increase the level of sugar in blood, he or she can faint.

Hypoglycemia-Blood-TestHypoglycemia occurs most frequently in people with diabetes who often are elderly, and also a sign of the poly-cystic ovarian syndrome in which organism cells do not identify insulin. Pancreas compensates for this by secreting more insulin. The level of insulin in blood insulin increases, therefore, and that is the reason more glucose  is taken and its level in blood normalizes. An increased level of insulin in the blood can cause decreases of glycemia that are more pronounced than usual as a reaction to starvation. This is also called reactive hypoglycemia. Also, the high level of insulin stimulates weight gain and increases the secretion of estrogen and testosterone. Hypoglycemia can be prevented and controlled with regular and frequent meals. Small meals are more preferable than the three usual ones. The foundation of each meal should be represented by complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, sweet potatoes and pasta, fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods are slowly dissolved and they release glucose into the body in a constant flux. Excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided because it stimulates insulin secretion.

If you are diabetic and have a hypoglycemic attack you should immediately take 2 to 3 glucose tablets, some mild sweets or drink some refreshments. You should always have enough sugar at your disposal in the event of a hypoglycemic crisis. If you have recurrent hypoglycemia crises before meals, you will have to advance their time. Eat more carbohydrates before and after a physical effort.

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