Hypoglycemia / Blood Sugar – Handling Stress
What is blood sugar?
Blood sugar is essentially the fuel that runs the body. It does not build strong, healthy muscles, bones, organs, or glands. If a muscle does not have adequate blood sugar, it becomes weak or inhibited. Your nervous system (i.e. the brain and all of the central and peripheral nerves) depend on normal sugar levels to function properly. When your blood sugar is out of normal balance, many types of systems occur.
There are two conditions of abnormal blood sugar levels that if present can interfere with your health and can also be considered life threatening. Diabetes mellitus is a condition in which the blood sugar level is too high; hypoglycemia is a condition in which the blood sugar level is too low. The pancreas secretes insulin to lower as well as utilizes blood sugar. The adrenal glands and the pancreas produce hormones that raise blood sugar. The blood sugar may rise too high when the body fails to control it that insulin injections must be administered on a regular basis for control. Lesser elevations may be controlled by diet. However, even higher elevations can be treated effectively by natural health care physicians. On the other hand, there could be a pancreatic pathological problem such as a tumor, which can drop blood sugar levels low enough to become life-threatening. Either of these extremes conditions must be properly diagnosed and treated with insulin or surgery.
Aside from the extremes, there is a continuum in disturbed sugar handling. This means that the blood sugar is not in the serious state; nevertheless, it may not be at an optimal level for ideal function. In the body’s effort to maintain proper blood sugar levels, the glands that regulate it may be stressed and cause symptoms.
The rest of the discussion deals with blood sugar-handling stress, a subject about which there is some controversy in the healing arts. Some doctors, such as tradition MD’s, believe that if the extremes of high and low blood sugar described from above are not present, an abnormal condition does not exist. Other doctors, especially those in natural health care, recognize that the glandular system may be under great stress in maintaining proper blood sugar levels. No disease process may be present, yet the body may not be functioning in an optimal manner.
Your blood sugar level fluctuates throughout the day with your diet and physical activities. As you eat, especially sugars, the blood sugar rises; insulin keeps it from going too high and prevents you from becoming a diabetic. As the sugar in the bloodstream is used during physical and mental activity, sugar is released from storage by hormones (chemical messengers made from specific protein sequences) of the adrenal glands and pancreas. Still if more sugar is needed, some other adrenal gland hormones convert fat and protein into sugar. These mechanisms should keep your blood sugar at an ideal level throughout the day and night. Failure to maintain optimal blood sugar levels for the body’s needs can cause many types of symptoms, although frank disease process is not present. A person may have unexplained periods a fatigue, feel weak, and shaky, or experience a myriad of other symptoms. Remember, most body tissues depend on blood sugar for their energy, especially the nerves and the brain. Poor blood sugar levels have many causes. Only the more common ones are discussed here.
This is a condition wherein too much insulin is secreted for the body’s needs; thus, the blood sugar level is lowered too far. In many instances, hyperinsulinism can be reached by simply eating rapidly too much sugar. Foods with high sugar concentration, such as soda pop, candy, pies, cookies, and cakes, may caused a rapid rise in blood sugar. Some people are sensitive to this rapid change, and excessive insulin is secreted that lowers the blood sugar too far. Unfortunately, the individual then wants more sugar to bring the blood sugar level up again. A vicious cycle is started with another insulin response. Often the proper treatment for hyperinsulinism is to simply avoid eating foods with high concentrations of refined white sugar. At the Sahara Clinic, the simple diet is used to keep blood sugar levels optimal.
The adrenal glands are partially responsible for raising the blood sugar level when it is too low. If the blood sugar level is frequently lowered by a condition such as hyperinsulinism, the adrenal glands may eventually become depleted and the blood sugar remains low. This is not complete adrenal failure, which is called Addison’s disease and is life-threatening; rather, the adrenal glands are not capable of optimally performing all the functions required of them. The depleted adrenal gland condition, known as functional hypoadrenia, can be the initial cause of a blood sugar-handling stress. The adrenal glands can become exhausted for many reasons; primary among them is stress. The adrenal glands are very important in handling stress, and may become overworked.
A type of hypoglycemia is caused by lack of normal digestive activity in which food is not absorbed and used properly. Again, come and make an appointment and learn how to fix your digestion, blood sugar, pancreas, and adrenal glands chemically with the simple diet.
Often hypoglycemia is simply the result of inadequate dietary intake. This may happen in weight reduction dietary intake. This may happen in weight reduction programs, such as the often popular low carbohydrate diet, in combination of not eating enough. Also, inadequate fat and/ or protein in the diet can contribute to hypoglycemia, because these items are used in forming new sugar in body when sugar stores are low.
The first step is to properly evaluate the body for sugar handling problems. Laboratory tests are used to determine if there is a condition of diabetes or any disease/ pathological-caused hypoglycemia. Insulin injections may be needed in diabetes, or the condition may be controlled by diet. Severe hypoglycemia is usually caused by a pathological condition in the pancreas, such as a tumor, however that is rare. The more common condition is one of sugar handing stress. Here laboratory tests are again of value in evaluating this condition. The six hour glucose, used to determine how the body is controlling sugar levels, is a time-honored one; however, it has its limitations. Dr. Sahara may choose to spot-test your blood sugar level, or use other methods. AK methods evaluate how your muscles function in relation to sugar stimulation in the mouth. Studies have shown immediate physiologic response when the nerve receptors of the mouth are stimulated with sugar. A final diagnosis and determination of optimal treatment are provided by combining all aspects of a patient’s history, diet evaluation, and appropriate physical and laboratory examination.
Sugar handling problems are becoming more and more common due to refine foods – especially the high concentration of sugars in different types of food. The use of refined white sugar has increased dramatically just in this century. Some authorities say that the average individual uses six times as much sugar now as he did at the turn of the century. As the use of sugar has increased, diabetes mellitus, and hypoglycemia have also increased.
Common symptoms of sugar handling stress and / or hypoglycemia:
· Visual disturbances
· Shortness in breath
· Dizziness/ light headed
· Sensitive to bright lights
· Rheumatoid-type of pain
· Digestive disturbances
· Loss of libido
· Numbness in arms and legs
· Overreact to situations
· Sick all the time/weak
Because the nervous system depends on adequate sugar levels, many “nerve” conditions develop. Among them are:
· Inability to think
· Poor memory/ short term memory problems
· Suicidal thoughts / tendency toward suicide
Because many doctors do not know how to diagnosis this problem, and because of the difficulty of the myriad of symptoms, many doctors misdiagnosis the problem and label the patient “hypochondriac”, “nervous”, “insane”, “depressed”. The suffering patient is then given tranquilizers &/ or antidepressants, or is given no answer. As a result, the patient usually gets worst, and now has to take more medication for the side effects of the tranquilizer or anti-depressant. Occasionally, diet is recognized, a diet to include a larger sugar intake is prescribed. Although this temporarily relieves the problem, it very often creates more symptoms, and can make the condition worst. Come to the Sahara Clinic for the simple diet.
AK provides an additional dimension to standard diagnostic procedures as well as treatments for hypoglycemia and / or blood sugar handling stress. The combination of diagnostic / objective tests and AK muscle testing can help determine how the body is regulating sugar levels and if treatment is necessary. Again, the important factor is, finding the cause(s) to the hypoglycemic problem. There are areas in the lower neck that can structurally correct blood sugar handling stress (T.B.M). There are natural glandular / supplements, and / or homeopathic medication that can help the problem chemically as well as mentally. The best results are treating your body holistically and naturally. Modern and traditional medicine fails to treat you as an individual, and as a whole. In addition traditional medicine often uses synthetic, artificial medicine that the body does recognize. Modern medicine also uses the shot gun approach; everyone gets the same protocol and or the same chemical therapy. Come to the Sahara Clinic to get a custom made treatment plan that is specific for you.
Diet and nutritional support are often used in treating hypoglycemia, and they generally produce outstanding results. However, it is important to remember that nutritional and dietary recommendations are still one dimensional. An AK doctor needs to look at the neurological aspects, and other energy patterns (meridian therapy) of the body.
Written by Systems DC, Pueblo, CO, edited by Darrick E. Sahara, D.C., Inc.
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