What does hypoglycemia, low cortisol and adrenal function have in common?
Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can be a dangerous condition for many people. Both stress and adrenal fatigue syndrome can contribute to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Adrenal hormones like epinephrine, nor-epinephrine, DHEA and Cortisol play a vital role in blood sugar regulation and should be evaluated with any person suffering with depression, Diabetes and chronic fatigue. In fact, some of the symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as irritability and nervousness, Brain Fog, Headaches, may sometimes be the effects of poor adrenal function as a primary problem rather than of the low blood sugar itself.
Recently I did a video explaining why many people who suffer with blood sugar problems never get better because the adrenal glands are never properly tested.
I believe everyone who suffers with diabetes, depression or hypoglycemia, have their adrenal glands properly tested. Without proper testing, you may be put on medications that you may not need.
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Adrenal fatigue leads to lower levels of cortisol. When this happens the liver has problems in converting glycogen (the form in which blood sugar is stored) into glucose which is the more active form that is used by the body. Since cortisol is responsible for this function, low cortisol levels compromise the sugar levels, leading to imbalances.
When the body is under stress, the cells require even more energy and insulin levels increase. However, the cells’ extra energy requirement is not met because cortisol levels are low. This results in even lower blood sugar levels.
Under normal circumstances, those who suffer from hypoglycemia reach for some sugar to get over this perceived energy loss. This may be in the form of a donut, cake, sweet, sweet drink or coffee or a combination. While this quickly increases blood sugar levels resulting in a spike and relieves the symptoms, the action lasts for a short time of between 45 and 90 minutes. After that comes the sugar low – this is worse since it results in lower sugar levels than earlier. With this constant high and low of sugar levels, the body is actually in a constant state of stress especially the adrenals.
Caffeine and Sugar Produce A Roller Coaster Ride You Don’t Want To Experience
It may be fun going on an actual roller coaster that takes you to steep highs and plunging lows, giving you a rush, but when the sugar levels in the body are not in balance, it can actually be a very exhausting ride. When people use coffee and a sugary snack to increase their energy levels, while they feel good in the short time, the subsequent low can be quite depressing.
These constantly highs and lows actually keep you from functioning at your best and can wreak havoc on your health. If you have an established office routine, you know well that there are fixed breaks for food and snacks and these are meant to increase your sugar levels, which are on the downswing at these times.
The brain is constantly at work and always requires energy to function, even more so when it is under stress. Glucose is one of the prime fuels required by the brain to do its work. However, when there are problems with the adrenals and cortisol, the availability of glucose is affected. Various symptoms of adrenal fatigue and hypoglycemia are caused by reduced glucose available to the brain.
Learn more about Dr. Hagmeyer’s Natural approach to Reversing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Brain Fog, Chronic Pain and Adrenal Burnout here.
Why Overeating Causes More Stress On The Adrenals.
Overeating does not help in the long run. Increased insulin due to higher food intake helps in storing the extra food. But this is simply stored as fat and the person become overweight. While it was a great method of storing food in ancient times when food was available at times and not available constantly resulting in a cycle of feast and famine, it is not good in modern times with easy availability of food.
Now food is constantly available but the body still goes through feasting and famine cycles during a day. When your sugar levels are low, your body is in a state of famine and wants to compensate during the next feeding cycle.
Unfortunately all this leads to is overweight. In fact, hypoglycemia reinforces the tendency to put on weight. When your blood sugar goes low, you eat more of high calorie food, which is in turn stored as fat.
Therefore, it is all the more important to avoid the blood sugar dips so that you can keep your weight stable, your energy levels constant and stay healthy.
Eating the right diet and healthy foods, with a low glycemic index, higher protein and fat, eliminating grains and other pro inflammatory foods, at regular meal times will promote long term physical and mental health.
Our Personal Adrenal Fatigue Recovery Program Is A Great place To Start
Our Adrenal Recovery Program is a Natural Treatment for symptoms such as Fatigue, Brain Fog, Anxiety, Sleeping problems, Hypoglycemia, Weight gain, and many of the symptoms that often accompany Adrenal Gland Imbalances.
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