Hypoglycemia is when your blood sugar drops too low, and while diabetics are the last people that this would tend to happen to, some of the medications that we take can certainly induce this.
The main concern with hypoglycemia is actually the brain, and the brain requires a steady supply of glucose in order for it to function properly, and when this goes too low, the brain dies, and we die.
So this is indeed something that we want to take seriously. There are plenty of resources on the internet about hypoglycemia, although as usual I want to go into this a little more deeply and I also feel that we need to straighten out some common misconceptions that are out there on this as well.
The first thing to realize is that we tend to define hypoglycemia as low blood sugar, but that's not quite right actually, as the amount of sugar that's in our blood may not correspond with the amount that gets into our cells, especially the critical brain cells.
So we can look at non diabetics and say well a certain blood sugar level is going to produce hypoglycemia, below 70 is usually what's thrown around, that might correlate with non diabetics but things are more complicated with us.
It might even be the case that a lot of us are walking around with high blood sugar and may even be cerebrally hypoglycemic, meaning that our brain cells may not be getting the optimal amount of glucose, although this hypoglycemia may not be the dangerous amounts that we need to worry about a lot, although we may want to worry about this at least somewhat.
So when you get symptoms such as brain fog, mental fatigue, memory problems, and so on, this may be due at least in part to lower glucose uptake by the brain, by way of insulin resistance. This has been implicated in brain disorders such as dementia and Alzheimers, and while brain insulin resistance is certainly only part of this problem, one factor among several, it does seem to be a contributing factor in these disorders.
The damage here isn't of the acute sort that you get from very low blood sugar, but over time this may have a real effect on our brain health. This is just one more reason to pay attention to insulin resistance and trying to improve that, rather than just focusing on blood sugar reduction.
Speaking of that, if you have read the post that I put up on Dr. Zajicek's article, you'll remember that he feels that a lot of the high blood sugar that we get is probably a result of the body seeking to achieve adequate glucose uptake in the brain, and the brain is certainly prioritized here. So one of the things that can happen as we look to artificially lower blood sugar is that as we move closer to normal, we may indeed be depriving our brains of adequate glucose, as it may require and even demand higher blood sugar levels to maintain its health.
We do know from previous stuff we've looked at that it's clearly established that there is a link between blood sugar levels and glucose uptake irrespective of insulin levels, although this isn't that widely known, but we've tested people on given amounts of insulin and found that their cells take in more glucose as blood glucose rises.
Actual low blood sugar is to be avoided of course, this does come in degrees, and if your blood sugar is over the point where it's diagnosed as hypoglycemic then you aren't at risk of acute harm, although you may be at risk of damage anyway.
There's a phenomenon that's called "false lows," where a patient's blood sugar isn't low enough to be hypoglycemic, but they experience all of the symptoms of it. So this won't kill you but it's not exactly healthy either, and this is due to actual hypoglycemia in the cells, and it doesn't really matter if you have enough in your blood that a non diabetic could get by on, you are a diabetic and are not getting by very well on this blood sugar reading.
So people are told, well don't worry about this, it's not really a problem, but it actually is, and I feel that people should look to treat these so called false hypos as if they weren't false, because they aren't. So raising your blood sugar up to a level that you do not experience these symptoms seems like a pretty good idea indeed I'd say.
We are certainly obsessed about high blood sugar, and in the end you don't want too much of that either, but the goal has to be to look to restore proper glucose uptake as much as we can, which will both prevent our cells from not getting enough glucose and will also reduce the need for our blood sugar to be so high.
We haven't really explored the role of our bodies in raising our blood sugar with diabetes, and we just assume it's all pathological, but a lot of this probably isn't pathological at all, it is likely due to a significant degree in our bodies trying to deal with pathologies, for example increasing blood sugar to look to remedy the pathology of insulin resistance.
So in this case the high blood sugar isn't the disease, it's the body's treatment of the disease, and what we tend to do is ignore the disease itself pretty much and instead look to reduce what the body is doing to help us, but that's typical of allopathic medicine.
So what can happen is that our blood sugar can still be elevated but now we're deprived of glucose as well, and over time, through neglect of the actual problem, insulin resistance and high insulin, this all just gets worse over time, and require higher and higher levels of blood sugar for our cells to get fed, and also seeing it harder and harder to lower blood sugar, requiring more and more medication, and that's definitely seeing the disease go the wrong way.
So the message here is that if you do have symptoms that you aren't getting enough glucose, hypo symptoms, it's probably not a great idea to ignore them, regardless of what your blood sugar is at, because glucose deprivation is actually more harmful than glucose excess, especially where the brain is concerned.