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Reactive Hypoglycemia Signs and Symptoms

Reactive hypoglycemia is a state where in a person suffers from low blood sugar after a meal – usually around four hours after eating. Low blood sugar, or medically known as hypoglycemia usually happens while fasting. Signs and symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia may include hunger, weakness, shakiness, sleepiness, sweating, lightheadedness, anxiety and confusion.

However, it is possible for a person to experience the symptoms that are similar to reactive hypoglycemia even if the person does not suffer from low blood sugar. True reactive hypoglycemia symptoms that are the actual effects of low blood sugar that happens after eating are very rare. A lot of people who experience these symptoms, the cause of the symptoms are not always clear, but may always be related to the food that was eaten, or the variety in the timing of the food moving through the digestive organs.

Usually, a person is recommended to undergo a medical evaluation to determine if the symptoms that he or she experiences are actually caused by low blood sugar, and if the person is relieved from the symptoms after the blood sugar returns to normal. Further diagnosis of reactive hypoglycemia maybe subjected on the severity of signs and symptoms.

For most people, reactive hypoglycemia does not usually require medical treatment. Paying attention to the timing and the composition of meals can greatly help.
Here are a few tips:
– Eat small meals and snacks, but several of them throughout the day. Make sure to eat no more than three hours apart during the waking hours.
– A well-balanced meal is always recommended. Include lean and non-meat sources of protein and high fiber food in the diet, also, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
– Limit, or as much as possible, avoid sugary food, especially when haven’t anything yet.
– Be sure to eat first if planning to drink alcohol, and avoid using sugary drinks and juices as mixers.

For some people, especially those who have had intestinal surgery, like gastric bypass surgery for the management of ulcer disease, further assessment by a doctor may be necessary, however, changes in the diet are still highly recommended.

There are also lots of misconceptions about reactive hypoglycemia. If a person has been experiencing signs and symptoms mentioned above, then it is most probably best to consult the doctor for medical evaluation, just to make sure what causes the symptoms and to treat it as early as possible.

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