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Hypoglycemia is a less prevalent condition than diabetes. Hypoglycemia occurs when a person’s blood sugar level becomes too low. In diabetes, the blood sugar level usually tends to be too high. Diabetics can have attacks of hypoglycemia from too much insulin or other medications, but the true hypoglycemic person is one who is not diabetic and who, for various reasons, suffers from chronic low blood sugar. This sometimes occurs when the body produces too much insulin as a reaction to sugars, but causes can be very complex.


The usual symptoms of low blood sugar are dizziness, sweating, confusion, shakiness and especially weakness and fatigue. Anxiety and its related symptoms are often the result.


If a physician has diagnosed chronic hypoglycemia, the person suffering will often have a special diet plan. Keep in mind, however, that (unlike diabetes) many people decide on their own that they have low blood sugar. In either case, the goal is to balance carbohydrate intake to avoid sugar spikes in the bloodstream.



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