Hypoglycemia And Headaches

Hypoglycemia And Headaches


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you about Hypoglycemia And Headaches. Also don’t forget to check out the link below,
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us fake research! But back to our topic. Hypoglycemia is said to develop when the blood
level of glucose (the major source of energy to human cells) falls below a critical level.
It is not a disease entity but a biochemical abnormality whose importance is on its effect
on the brain. Such effect is due to the fact that the brain
is an obligate user of glucose and virtually depends on it as its source of energy and
thus reduction of glucose has untoward effect on the brain. A hypoglycemic headache is often described
by patients as a dull throbbing headache that may be felt more around the forehead and temples
and it is not the typical migraine headache and it may even cause cluster headaches in
some patients. Other symptoms seen with hypoglycemic headaches may include sweating, tremors, palpitation,
hunger, altered or change in the level of consciousness, visual disturbance, dizziness,
anxiety and feeling of intense hunger. It is important to note that the mechanisms
that cause blood sugar to fall is known but medical science do not completely understand
how hypoglycemia brings on the headache. It is postulated that the headaches may be as
a result of impaired metabolism by the neuronal cells due to decrease in blood to brain movement
of glucose which leads to poor metabolism and excretion of toxins and their accumulation
and oxidative stress on the brain cells which may also cause swelling of the brain cells
and tension leading to headaches. The headache may also be as the result of interplay between
epinephrine and norepinephrine leading to secretion of cytokines that may mediate the
headaches. This is commonly seen in diabetics and may
be due to the following: 1. Over treatment with insulin. 2. Drug induced which occurs with the following
drugs: sulphonylureas, quinine, salicylates, pentamidine. 3. Decrease food intake without adjustment/poor
adjustment of insulin dose. 4. Excessive or prolonged exercise. 5. Skipping meals. 6. In cases of renal failure leading to poor
clearance(excretion) of insulin in the urine leading to a prolonged action time in the
blood. 7. Excessive alcohol intake. It may also occur in non diabetics but not
common after prolonged period of starvation with subsequent reduction in the glucose stored
in the liver other causes include: Insulinoma causing and increased level in circulating
insulin, endocrine deficiencies and postprandial reactive hypoglycemic conditions. Diagnosis of hypoglycemia is usually made
clinically using the Whipple’s triad which consists of symptoms consistent with hypoglycemia,
a low plasma glucose concentration and relief of symptoms after the plasma blood glucose
level has been raised. The blood level is usually obtained by doing a random blood sugar
test during an episode of suspected hypoglycemia using glucostrips and a glucometer that reads
up the value but when possible, a sample for documentation of the plasma glucose concentration
by a quantitative analytical method should be obtained prior to treatment. Eating small quantity of meals but at regular
interval, carry a source of fast sugar when traveling or when at the gymnasium but also
try to avoid eating lots of processed sugar with more of complex carbohydrate, proper
adjustment of insulin dosage after consultation with your physician, avoiding skipping meals,
reduction in alcohol consumption. Treatment during a visit to your physician
usually involves urgent infusion of glucose (dextrose) or ingestion of drinks with sugar
or glucose tablets with the aim of raising the blood sugar and the headache usually subsides
almost immediately after treatment and other accompanying symptoms also abate. You will
then be advised by your physician on how you can prevent re-occurrence and a visit to a
dietician for meal evaluation may be necessary and often very helpful. Hypoglycemia has been known by medical science
to be able to cause a headache though not the same as the migraine headaches experienced
by the populace both may present with similar clinical features. This articles helps to
enlighten its reader on the relationship between hypoglycemia and headaches. That’s it! Thank you.
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2 Replies to “Hypoglycemia And Headaches”

  1. the back of my head always feels like it's shaking like a cluster headache. 9 times out of 10,
    I get a headache from low blood glucose.

  2. I have to eat regularly to avoid this, it's a big problem with me. I get the sweats and shakes with it and it can make me light headed sometimes.

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