Adrenal Fatigue and Low Blood Sugar

People with adrenal fatigue can suffer from blood sugar issues such as hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This is a result of the body’s inability to regulate glucose within the blood.  As your body digests foods, your pancreas releases insulin into the body.  The amount depends primarily on the food one has eaten:  a high carbohydrate meal causes a greater insulin release than a high protein meal.  Insulin tells one’s cells to take the glucose from the blood and use it for energy.

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia include

  • Being tired all the time
  • Feeling tired for no reason
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Trouble Remembering
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Easily Frustrated
  • Increased Irritability
  • Easily Angered

The adrenal hormones cortisol, norepinephrine, and epinephrine all aid in the regulation of blood sugar levels.  When one’s adrenal glands are fatigued or if someone is stressed, the body will not regulate the glucose properly.  Circulating epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol convert fats, proteins and carbohydrates into glucose.  They also inform the liver to convert stored glucose, glycogen, into active glucose.  The excess glycogen is the reserves and aids in keeping blood sugar levels constant during periods of fast, including in between meals, and period of high stress.   Without adequate adrenal activity to prompt the conversion of glycogen, fats, proteins and carbohydrates into glucose, the demand for glucose is difficult or impossible to meet, leaving the body sending signals to of hunger, fatigue, and mood swings.

If someone is dealing with issues of hypoglycemia and adrenal fatigue, they should follow these guidelines:

  • Eat within an hour of waking up
  • Eat meals high in protein
  • Eat meals including fats
  • Eat meals at regularly scheduled intervals

Contact Becca Walters for more information on adrenal fatigue and hypoglycemia.

References:

DesMaisons, Kathleen. PhD. “Potatoes Not Prozac” New York. 2008. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.

Wilson, James L., ND, DC, PhD. “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.” United States. 2009. Smart Publications.

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