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Sugar Lows

I ran into a friend from our temple this week.  He is a great guy and looks very healthy.  We got to talking and I found out he was recently hospitalized.  I was shocked.  He told me a tale that every person needs to be aware of.  He had a low blood sugar episode.

Known as Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar is very dangerous.  What makes it so dangerous is that you can pass out or worse fall into a coma.  Imagine your problem if this happens while you are driving.  My friend was at home and passed out in the house with family around.  He described feeling light headed and thought he was next to get the flu.

I too have had low blood sugar episodes, but was warned by excessive sweating and shaking.  At this point it’s time to drink some milk or juice.  Eating takes too long to fix the problem, but the sugar in juice converts to blood sugar in under 15 minutes.

Hypoglycemia happens when your body works properly and creates insulin to cover the sugar that food creates.  Insulin aids in the process of converting blood sugar to fat.  If you experience Hypoglycemia, it’s because your body doesn’t stop producing insulin in time.  This causes your blood sugar to crash.  Typically, this happens when you eat foods that convert to sugar quickly.  For me this is anything with flower and not the whole grain.  However rice, potatoes and carrots are big offenders too.

Eat foods that convert slowly and you’ll have more energy over longer periods without sugar or insulin spikes.

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