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?
Irritability & moodiness
Waking up with a "hangover"
The shakes (when hungry)
Mental confusion ("fog" on the brain)
Mood swings (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
Aching eye sockets
Tremor (internal trembling)
Sleeping too much
Craving for sweets/Sugar addiction
Backache and muscle pain
Cold hands and feet
Sensitivity to light
Negative thoughts and attitudes
Unnecessary and excessive worrying
Feeling best after 7 p.m.
Sighing and yawning
Premenstrual tension & bad cramps
Accident prone and loss of coordination
Family history of diabetes or low blood sugar
Itching and crawling on skin
Craving for alcohol and coffee
Lack of sex drive (women)
Muscular twitching or twitching of eyelids
Gasping for breath
Uncontrollable weight gain
Phobias and fears
Arms and legs or body hurt when first rising in a.m.
"Motor-Mouth" (constant talking)
Feeling of "going crazy"
Dry or burning mouth
Ringing in ears
Convulsions, coma, unconsciousness and seizures!
Read on for more symptoms uncovered by Myra Pinkham. (My sources are below. Hers are here:)
Limited attention span
Bedwetting in children
Hyperactivity in children
Candidiasis (Candida Albicans)
Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Hypoglycemia Home Page Holland, http://hypoglykemie.nl
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
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
• The Diabetes Institutes Foundation, www.dif.org/DiabetesTopics/hypoglycemia.shtml
• Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
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
• “Reactive Hypoglycemia (RHG): FM/MPS Perpetuating Factor”, Devin Starlanyl MD
Inability to lose weight
Fat pad on the belly that won’t go away
Common in people with fibromyalgia syndrome
Hunger pains including acute stomach pain and nausea
High triglycerides and cholesterol
Brittle hair and nails
Dry, small stools
• Hypoglycemia Association Inc., Bulletin #44 “Symptoms of Hypoglycemia and Hypoadrenocorticism”
Studying is a tremendous effort
Feelings of guilt
Can’t handle stress
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.