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In one of my articles I spoke of our middle son and how he was diagnosed with hypoglycemia at the age of 6 years. I wrote of how we were following a no sugar, no salt diet for our family. At the time I could not understand how one of our kids could end up so ill in spite of 'eating healthy'. He could not concentrate. He had daily stomach cramps, and headaches. He developed dark circles under his eyes and just looked ill.

Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is a scary diagnosis, because it is a wake up call to change ones eating habits asap, because the next step could be diabetes. Symptoms of low blood sugar could be a feeling of faintness, visual disturbances, such as sparkles in the vision or a temporary loss of a portion of the visual field,, headaches or nausea. When the blood sugar becomes too low, glucose tablets are quite effective in raising the blood sugar in a matter of minutes. Then, a good protein snack should be eaten along with some orange juice. The rule of thumb used to be to put a few teaspoons of sugar in a cup of orange juice. Now, they say just orange juice is better, because the sugar will bring the glucose level to a sudden peak and then drop suddenly. Protein is important because it helps to level out the glucose. If hypoglycemia gets too far out of control that person can go into shock.

Hypoglycemia will zap many of our bodies functions, such as the brain. The brain gets it's energy from glucose. This is one reason our son had a difficult time concentrating.

Hypoglycemia can also come into being because of a possible problem with the pituitary gland. This is where glucose is regulated. Glucose also enters the blood stream through the liver. So if there is a problem with the liver then it would also affect the glucose level.

Hyperglycemia or high blood sugar is serious. If a person has a diagnosis of Diabetes Type 1 the doctor will probably control the glucose with pills daily and diet. If this goes into Type 11 Diabetes then they would probably have to follow a strict diet plus insulin at least daily if not more, depending on glucose levels. They would have to do a finger prick daily or more often to check blood sugar levels and measure the correct dosage of insulin. This is not a fun thing to have to live with. When hyperglycemia gets too far out of control it can lead to a diabetic coma.

People with the diagnosis of diabetes do not produce enough insulin in their bodies and sometimes they do not produce any at all. Insulin helps to control the glucose levels in our bodies. If you do have proper insulin control the glucose becomes too high, thus that person will need insulin injected to help bring the glucose level down to a more normal range.

The diabetic has to learn how to control their diet and medications so that they do not have symptoms of too low or too high blood sugar levels. If that person has bad eating habits to begin with then this will be a real challenge for them. A person who is diabetic will need to follow their doctor's advice about diet or they will never be able to control their blood sugar levels. This in turn, over time will start to break down vital body organs. The doctor will take into consideration for example, weight, height, body structure, blood sugar levels, and glucose test results to decide what and how much medication they will need to take and how many calories per day that person will need. Their doctor may recommend that they seek advice from a nutritionalist ie dietary consultant.

I have seen diabetes be more or less hereditary in families. But again it can develop from years of unhealthy eating patterns and obesity can also be a reason. Yes, I have also seen people of very thin structure develop diabetes, but not as often, why tempt this deadly diagnosis with poor eating patterns.

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