Hypoglycemic

After watching my husband continue to repeat patterns.  Whether the patterns were drinking, withdrawl symptoms, moods, behaviors, or whatever the patterns would be.  I began to dig deeper and do more research.

That’s what I do……research and try to make some rational understanding of this “thing”!

This was very interesting:

Poor Diet Keeps The Alcoholic Craving Alcohol

“Study after study has demonstrated that the vast majority of alcoholics are hypoglycemic. In one conducted by J. Poulos, D. Stafford, and K. Carron, fifty outpatient alcoholics and fifty halfway-house alcoholics were compared with a control group of one hundred nurses and teenagers. Of the one hundred alcoholics, ninety-six proved to be hypoglycemic; only fourteen of the nonalcoholic controls were hypoglycemic. A three-year study by Robert Meiers, M.D., in Santa Cruz, California, found that more than 95 percent of alcoholics studied suffered from low blood sugar”

The addiction to alcohol, in the physical sense, is probably the hardest aspect to conquer. An alcoholic literally craves the sugar in the alcohol. The brain continually sends signals of needing a fix of sugar because the pancreas just isn’t doing its job properly. This malady has a lot to do with their eating lifestyle.

All alcoholics are nutritionally deficient and most likely hypoglycemic. Have you ever noticed how usually they will not eat sugar foods unless they can’t get an alcohol fix? That is because they are getting their cravings met through the sugar in the alcohol. Low blood sugar is the culprit.

They absolutely need to begin to eat a good daily diet of whole grains, fish, beans, legumes, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Minerals that have been lost need to be replenished. This means no processed or refined sugar foods, whatsoever. If it is not whole and natural, simply don’t eat it. Once the body is well, the cravings for alcohol will subside considerably. But don’t take my word for it, try it and see for yourself.

Hypoglycemia Symptoms

A person with hypoglycemia symptoms may feel weak, drowsy, confused, hungry, and dizzy. Paleness, headache, irritability, trembling, sweating, rapid heart beat, and a cold, clammy feeling are also signs of low blood sugar. In severe cases, a person can lose consciousness and even lapse into a coma.

Hypoglycemia symptoms are sometimes mistaken for symptoms caused by conditions not related to blood sugar. For example, unusual stress and anxiety can cause excess production of catecholamines, resulting in symptoms similar to those caused by hypoglycemia but having no relation to blood sugar levels.

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How Alcoholism and Hypoglycemia Controls You Physically, Psychologically & Spiritually

Physical Addiction To Alcohol

The physical addiction to alcohol is an operation that deals with how the pancreas processes sugar in the bloodstream. The pancreas does not perform very well in processing the sugars from the alcohol.  (There is additional information below under The Hypoglycemic Cycle)

Summary: The alcoholic literally craves his first few drinks of alcohol just for the sugar aspect of it. No alcohol around, he will most likely gorge out on sugar foods to curb his cravings. Once the alcoholic has had his first few drinks, it depresses blood sugar levels even more.  The pancreas is overloaded and can’t do it’s job correctly.  So they crave even more sugar, because of the low blood sugar state and the vicious cycle continues. Brain cells demand more alcohol to replace the lack of sugar. Hence, they crave alcohol.

Poor diet is the culprit for physical addiction to alcohol.  The best diet for the alcoholic, diabetic, hypoglycemic is a whole grain diet.  Avoiding refined food products, and natural is the best.  Foods such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain pasta, beans, legumes, and oatmeal all work to stabilize and metabolize blood sugar levels.  This gives the overloaded pancreas a break and it can start to do its job properly.

Whole grains are best.  They are digested slowly into the body system resulting in an optimal environment for blood sugar levels.  There is no spiking, no cravings, and no emotional and physical imbalances. Diet plays a huge role in how our brain works. With a whole grain, whole foods diet, the brain stops sending out signals for more alcohol or sugar.

Psychological Addiction To Alcohol

Alcoholics usually have emotional ups and downs, are easily agitated, suffer from anxiety and panic, have a low self esteem, and often feel depressed.  These symptoms are caused by hypoglycemia.  Hypoglycemia is as much an emotional affliction as it is physical.  All of the above are symptoms of hypoglycemia or sugar overload syndrome.

95% of alcoholics have low blood sugar.  But what happens when they change their diet, is hypoglycemia cured?  Yes!  However, if I deliberately bang my head against the wall several times I’m going to have some bumps and bruises.  Just as if I continually eat a poor diet of refined food products, my body and mind is going to let me know about it through a vitamin/mineral deficiency.  We are in control of what we eat.  If you don’t do anything about a poor diet your body will.

Most alcoholics have a difficult time managing their emotions or understanding reality.  They really believe they can’t handle life unless they are drinking, and are scared to death to stop drinking!  This is also true for the alcoholic/hypoglycemic due to being vitamin deficient, which can cause their brain to work in puzzling ways.  It can be a confusing, fearful, and anxious time for the alcoholic when they first get sober…until they begin to take care of their diet!  Unless the alcoholic changes their eating habits they will never stay sober because the physical addiction to alcohol is the craving aspect of addiction.  If you have ever been addicted to cigarettes than you know what I’m talking about.

Alcohol is the alcoholics best friend and losing their best friend may mean they will never be able to cope with life on life’s terms.  Of course, the truth is all alcoholics who become truly sober (not dry drunk) emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually will look back on their alcoholic days and laugh because they truly can live without alcohol and NEVER CRAVE ALCOHOL OR SUGAR EVER AGAIN! Once diet is corrected and the alcoholic is sober for at least six months he’ll begin to realize that he can function just fine without alcohol.

Spiritual Addiction To Alcohol

Alcohol for the alcoholic controls the mind.  For the alcoholic “getting a fix” consumes and controls every aspect of their life.  Even functioning alcoholics, while at work, are consumed with having a drink twenty or more times a day.  The result is no time in the thoughts for spirituality.

Once the alcoholic realizes there is a drinking problem, they are more inclined to reach out to God for the help they need.  But that doesn’t mean they will suddenly be fixed of addiction.  As you have learned this far, alcoholism is a physical and emotional affliction.  All areas of alcoholism NEED TO BE HEALED before the alcoholic is safely healed from the cravings of alcohol.

Addiction keeps us from becoming the whole and complete person that God wants us to be. They can never reach their true ambition, goals, ideas, and dreams.  Incidentally, all roads may be the right roads at the time for trials and tribulations that we go through and experience in life, but in the end only one road leads to God.  This is where faith comes in to trust God with your life.  If God created you then why won’t He save you?  God loves you, even if you have been walking on your own road.  God will save you if you ask Him to and believe that with all of your heart, mind and soul.

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Symptoms Reported by Hypoglycemics

SYMPTOM FREQUENCY
Nervousness 94%
Irritability 89%
Exhaustion 87%
Faintness, Dizziness, Tremors, Cold Sweats 86%
Depression 86%
Vertigo, Dizziness 77%
Drowsiness 73%
Headaches 72%
Digestive Disturbances 71%
Forgetfulness 69%
Insomnia 67%

The Hypoglycemic Cycle

To understand how these symptoms develop, you have to know something about glucose metabolism. Our bodies immediately convert foods high in refined sugar; white flour, or starch to blood sugar, or glucose (the terms are interchangeable). When too much sugar builds up in the bloodstream, the pancreas pumps out extra insulin to counteract the overload.

If you are hypoglycemic and alcoholic, your over sensitized pancreas tries to control your excessive intake of both alcohol sugars and refined sugars. You overproduce insulin, which then removes too much sugar from your bloodstream. As a result, your blood sugar falls too far below normal levels. When it does, you may develop headaches and become irritable, anxious, fearful, tired, dizzy, confused, uncoordinated, forgetful, and unable to concentrate. You may feel and act antisocial.

Eventually, the physical stress produced by low blood sugar prompts an outpouring of the adrenal hormone epinephrine, which signals the liver to release emergency sugar (glycogen) to prevent further insulin shock. This can bring on other unpleasant reactions. You may feel shaky, weak, and sweaty, and you may be aware of a rapid heartbeat. You may have noticed that caffeine can produce these symptoms. It also stimulates the adrenal glands to trigger the release of stored glycogen to temporarily raise blood sugar levels.

Blood sugar can also drop in response to a meal high in refined carbohydrates. This so-called postprandial fed-state hypoglycemia is very common among alcoholics and produces tremendous cravings for coffee and sweets. A study published in 1976 in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences reported that affected alcoholics are prone to “headache, weakness, tachycardia, hunger, excessive sweating, loss of concentration and anxiety. This type of hypoglycemia… can trigger further drinking to ease distressing symptoms and may lead to a syndrome described as the ‘buildup to drink’…. Many patients have apparently returned to alcohol usage during their rehabilitation programs because alcohol as a sugar and sedative drug alleviates many of the symptoms outlined above.”

Postprandial hypoglycemia can also trigger psychological symptoms. When researcher E Hale, M.D., administered glucose tolerance tests to sixty-seven subjects, mental stability, clarity, and agility were seriously affected among those whose glucose levels fell below sixty milligrams per deciliter. Dr. Hale concluded that “mental confusion does occur with postprandial hypoglycemia” and suggested that patients who complain of fatigue or depression two to four hours after meals have their blood sugar evaluated by a five-hour glucose tolerance test.

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2 responses to “Hypoglycemic

  • Mark

    What a great article! I wish I had this info 20 years ago!!!! Your one paragraph Summary is the best I have ever heard or seen anywhere. Excellent! Thank you for your dedication of time, love and expense in putting up this site and publishing such great information. You are doing God’s work. Thank You!

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