Hypoglycaemia: Below normal blood glucose level
Hypoglycemia is a disorder characterized by below-normal blood glucose levels. The characteristic symptoms are weakness, tremors, anxiety and pallor. Patients may also show personality changes and appear intoxicated.
Knowing Hypoglycemia (information and characteristics)
Hypoglycaemia is a result of too much insulin, due to too much insulin (in the case of people suffering from diabetes mellitus), or due to too much of its production by the body. Insulin acts by regulating carbohydrate metabolism.
Reactive or functional hypoglycemia, the most common type, occurs mainly in people who are under severe emotional stress. It is also related to an excess of insulin production, which arises three to five hours after food intake. Symptoms are milder than those suffered by insulin-dependent diabetics and are controlled by reducing carbohydrate consumption.
Because reactive hypoglycemia has many of the classic symptoms of depression or anxiety, it is common for its diagnosis not to occur easily.