Do you have low blood sugar? Be careful about the way you approach weight loss.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can occur when people don't eat enough food, wait too long to eat between meals, drink too much alcohol, or exercise without eating a snack beforehand, said Dr. Andrew Coles, a physician at Davis Hospital and Medical Center.
If you have the condition, that doesn't mean you can't safely lose weight. You can. You just have to monitor your blood-sugar levels.
"People with hypoglycemia can lose weight safely," Coles said. "The most important thing you can do is to check your blood-sugar levels often. Your doctor will tell you how and when to check your blood-sugar levels at home. He or she will also tell you what your blood-sugar levels should be and when to treat low blood sugar."
Hypoglycemia strikes when your body's sugar, or glucose, is used up too quickly; too much insulin is released into the bloodstream; or blood sugar is released into the bloodstream too slowly.
Symptoms can include feeling weak or confused, feeling shaky, fainting, acting strangely, having trouble walking or experiencing blurred vision, headache, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, sweating, seizure and even coma.
Excluding hypoglycemia in individuals who are being treated for diabetes, there are two major categories of hypoglycemia, said Dr. Jack Whalen, an endocrinologist at McKay-Dee Hospital and founder of Endocrine Research Specialists.