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Hypoglycemia- What is it?
June 01, 2011
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The term "Hypoglycemia" when translated literally means "low blood sugar".
This translation is derived from the word "Hypo" which means "low" and "glycemia" which means sugar or glucose.
So if a person is described as “hypoglycemic” this means that the amount of sugar in their blood is lower than what is considered normal.
What is normal?
The problem with diagnosing Hypoglycemia is that doctors usually deem a measurement of approximately 80mg/dl to 120mg/dl a 'normal' level.
This means that if the blood sugar of a patient does not fall below this level the idea that they are hypoglycemic is immediately dismissed.
The truth is, the term "Low Blood Sugar" is incorrect.
In my Ebook Overcoming Hypoglycemia I go into detail in describing why the term low blood sugar is misleading. The main reason is that many people suffering from Hypoglycemia can register completely 'normal' readings on hospital tests, but still experience severe symptoms. While others without the condition may measure extremely low blood sugar readings yet never experience any hypoglycemic symptoms at all.
The term "unstable blood sugar" is more accurate
The problem with using the term "low blood sugar" to describe Hypoglycemia means that many sufferers of the condition are never correctly diagnosed as their readings come out as 'normal'.
However, it is not the final reading of a patients sugar level which should be monitored but instead it is the fall in the level of blood sugar, and how fast it falls that should be considered when determining Hypoglycemia.
So if a patient has a fall from 120mg/dl to 100mg/dl in only a few minutes bringing on severe symptoms then this would probably indicate hypoglycemia (although their reading has never actually fallen to a level at which a doctor would consider hypoglycemia.)
Their blood sugar level may or may not continue to fall, but what is clear that the patient is clearly hypoglycemic even though the test results state otherwise.
So next time you hear Hypoglycemia described as "low blood sugar" remember that the more accurate way to describe it would be "unstable blood sugar"
Until Next time
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