If you find yourself hooked on sweets and quickie carbs, you may have pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes or low blood sugar.
Likewise, if youi're moody, tired, confused, and headachy and more, you may have low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia.
Here's a list below of many symptoms of hypoglycemia. See how many ring true for you.
If you have a number of these symptoms, please see a doctor. Your physician might want to order a 5-hour Glucose Tolerance Test that also tests for insulin levels.
FYI, if you are hypo -- which many of us are -- this is NOT a pleasant test. You might want to bring some food along, or even a friend.
Do any of these symptoms ring true for you?
Exhaustion Sudden fatigue Nervousness Anxiety Irritability & moodiness Waking up with a "hangover" Weakness Faintness Headaches Difficulty concentrating The shakes (when hungry) Mental confusion ("fog" on the brain) Crying spells Depression Apprehensiveness Tension Mood swings (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) Dizziness Forgetfulness Nightmares Digestive problems Aching eye sockets Indecisiveness Heart palpitations Bizarre behavior Tremor (internal trembling) Restlessness Sleeping too much Ravenous hunger Craving for sweets/Sugar addiction Backache and muscle pain Cold hands and feet Vertigo Incoordination Temper outbursts Sensitivity to light Negative thoughts and attitudes Unnecessary and excessive worrying Suicidal thoughts Halitosis Feeling best after 7 p.m. Sighing and yawning Premenstrual tension & bad cramps Accident prone and loss of coordination Shallow breathing Family history of diabetes or low blood sugar Itching and crawling on skin Vertigo Joint pain Abdominal spasms Craving for alcohol and coffee Fearfulness Blurred vision Cold sweats Edema Numbness Blackouts Allergies Lack of sex drive (women) Impotence (males) Leg cramps Muscular twitching or twitching of eyelids Gasping for breath Smothering spells Staggering Slurred speech Uncontrollable weight gain Night terrors Rheumatoid arthritis Phobias and fears Neurodermatitis Nervous breakdown Asthma Hay Fever Undue perspiration Hives Sinusitis Colitis Diarrhea Arms and legs or body hurt when first rising in a.m. "Motor-Mouth" (constant talking) Alcoholism Visual disturbances Antisocial behavior Sneezing Skin tags Feeling of "going crazy" Dry or burning mouth Ringing in ears Hot flashes Insomnia Convulsions, coma, unconsciousness and seizures!
Read on for more symptoms uncovered by Myra Pinkham. (My sources are below. Hers are here:)
• The Hypoglycemia Health Association of Australia, “What is Hypoglycemia”, Jurrian Plesman
Migraines Aggression Limited attention span Learning disabilities Bedwetting in children Hyperactivity in children Candidiasis (Candida Albicans) Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Hypoglycemia Home Page Holland, http://hypoglykemie.nl
Menstruation disorders Immune system disorders
• Safe Harbor Alternative Mental Health On-line, www.alternativementalhealth.com/articles/hypoglycemia.htm “Conquering Anxiety, Depression and Fatigue Without Drugs – The Role of Hypoglycemia”, Professor Joel H. Levitt of The Anxiety and Hypoglycemia Institute
Tachycardia – racing pulse due to high adrenaline Rubbery legs Twitching, jerking and cramping of leg muscles Waking after two to three hours of sleep Abnormal weight – too high or too low A diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse Lack of appetite Red blotches on skin or circular arcs of red skin Can’t tolerate bright light or loud sounds
• EMedicine.com, “Hypoglycemia, Kenneth J. Snow MD, instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Hallucinations • The Diabetes Institutes Foundation, www.dif.org/DiabetesTopics/hypoglycemia.shtml
• Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
Dilated pupils Numbness around the mouth Craving for sugar and salt Unusual patterns in frequency of urination Pain in neck and shoulders
• Pinksunrise.com, “Living with Hypoglycemia”, Sue Spataro RN, BSN
Inability to lose weight Fat pad on the belly that won’t go away Common in people with fibromyalgia syndrome Heavy dreaming Nasal congestion Hunger pains including acute stomach pain and nausea Dry skin High triglycerides and cholesterol Fluid retention Brittle hair and nails Dry, small stools
• Hypoglycemia Association Inc., Bulletin #44 “Symptoms of Hypoglycemia and Hypoadrenocorticism”
Dry mouth Studying is a tremendous effort Disorganized Feelings of guilt Can’t handle stress Motion sickness
My sources for symptoms above include:
Saunders, Jeraldine and Ross, Harvey, M.D., "Hypoglycemia: The Classic Heatlhcare Handbook." Kensington, 2002, Revised. Formerly called "Hypoglycemia: The Disease Your Doctor Won't Treat," New York, 1980.
Ross, Harvey M., M.D., "Fighting Depression." Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut, 1975.
Fredericks, Carlton, Ph.D., "New Low Blood Sugar and You." Perigree Books, The Berkley Publishing Group, New York, 1985.
Krimmel, Edward and Patricia, "The Low Blood Sugar Handbook: You Don't Have to Suffer." Franklin Publishers, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1992.
Ruggiero, Roberta, "The Do's and Don'ts of Low Blood Sugar." Lifetime Books, Hollywood, Florida, 1983.
Rosenbluh, Edward S. Ph.D., "Hypoglycemia: Low Blood Sugar Real or Imaginary."
Hope this helps you. Feel free to share this with a friend.
Bear in mind that you CAN feel better and get over your hypoglycemia.