Wellness Wednesdays: Controlling low blood sugar levels

Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar (glucose), is the more serious problem but today we are going to focus on the – lesser recognised – condition of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.

Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, feeling shaky, hunger, headaches, irritability, a pounding heart and a racing pulse, pale skin, sweating, trembling, weakness, anxiety, poor concentration and coordination, numbness in the mouth and tongue, and fainting episodes.

Your body will feel a sense of urgency to eat and you should listen to it. If your blood sugar levels drop you should immediately eat foods that are sugar rich (sweets, liquorice, a fizzy drink, an energy drink etc) to instantly treat the symptoms but this is obviously not the sustainable way forward. The most effective treatment to prevent low blood sugar levels is to follow a diet that keeps the blood sugar levels normal. So:

  • Keep your eating habits consistent.
  •  Eat small meals, frequently.
  • Include healthy carbs in your diet.
  • Use cinnamon as a natural sweetener.
  • Eat low GI foods.
  • Limit your alcohol intake.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Improve your quality of sleep.