Hypoclycemia (Low Blood Sugar) and Seizures

Hypoclycemia (Low Blood Sugar) and Seizures

A major reason for seizures is low blood sugar. Ironically, low blood sugar results from eating too much sugar or sugar containing foods. When sugar is ingested the pancreas releases insulin to carry the sugar to the cells for energy.

When the cells have all the energy they require, the insulin converts the excess sugar to fat. After years of a high intake of sweet carbohydrates, the pancreas gets “trigger happy” and secretes too much insulin. This is hyperinsulinemia.

When this occurs the excess insulin uses up the sugar in the blood stream resulting in low blood sugar. If the blood sugar falls fast enough and low enough a seizure can result.

The seizure results from the glutamate level in the brain rising and triggering special receptors in the brain known as the glutamate N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptors.

To avoid hypoglycemic seizures it is critical to avoid sweet carbohydrates including anything made from flour, bread, grains, pasta, potatoes, rice, milk, cereal, cakes, pie, candy, sugar, fruit juice, beer, soda and especially soda with high fructose corn syrup.

In addition, avoid all excitotoxins such as Aspartame and mono sodium glutamate (MSG). Avoiding MSG is extremely difficult because deceitful manufactures use dozens of names for this flavor enhancing excitotoxin. Learn more about this here.

Finally yet importantly, a moderate regular exercise program will improve control of seizures.

Nothing on this site is a replacement for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or health care provider.

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