Have you heard about hypoglycaemia? Do you know what it actually means and what causes it? Learn how to manage its symptoms from best Ballarat naturopath by reading more below.

Also known as an abnormally low level of glucose in your blood, but you’ve probably heard of it as low blood sugar. Not such a great thing when glucose is your body’s main source of energy. Symptoms for this condition include:

It can be hard to know for sure if you have low blood sugar as these symptoms are also linked with a variety of other conditions. The traditional glucose tolerance test is normally how a doctor will determine if you have hypoglycaemia.

Hypoglycaemia: Causes

So, what causes the low blood sugar levels? The main aggravating factor is when you regularly eat foods that are high in refined sugar. Eating a lot of sugar temporarily increases your blood sugar levels, but it is followed by a large drop in blood sugar as your body activates its pathways to use the sugar.

One of the key players here is insulin, which is released to encourage your cells to take the sugar out of the blood and use it as energy. When insulin is constantly released to help with high sugar levels, the receptors that respond to it are being overworked. Over time these receptors become too tired to function.

Lifestyle Questions

There are a lot of other aspects of your life that come into play and have an influence on this picture. Some of the questions your naturopath may ask include:

  • What is going on in your life?
  • How stressful are you finding your job?
  • How well are you sleeping? Is your sleep regular?
  • What does your normal diet look like?

Naturopathic Approach for Hypoglyceamia

There are a lot of different lifestyle factors that come into play that have an impact on your blood glucose levels. Looking at and addressing the relevant factors for your health is an important part of the naturopathic process. The best Ballarat naturopaths may suggest some of the following:

  • Supplementing your diet with unrefined, slow-release carbohydrates
  • Stabilising your nervous system and blood sugar
  • Helping to reduce HPA axis activation
  • Support and regulate normal sugar metabolism

Hope you have an overview about what hypoglycaemia. If you want to read more articles about general health issues, we have them prepared for you written by the best Ballarat naturopaths.

Katherine Knott

Katherine is a certified naturopath and the founding director of Acorn and Oak.   She began studying Naturopathy when she was 18 years old and has practiced in both Melbourne and rural Victoria.  She has also studied 2 1/2 years of nursing and midwifery, but decided that she was happier to work with women as […]

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Alyce Beaton

Alyce is qualified naturopath in Ballarat who loves supporting people on their health journey. Alyce believes optimising and restoring health first and foremost begins with food as medicine and creating healthy lifestyle habits. She is passionate about providing a safe, non judgement environment and endeavours to support her clients with strategies they can implement into […]

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