Hypoglycemia is the medical term for an abnormally low level of glucose in the blood. This condition is usually connected with another condition known as chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue is a condition marked by constant fatigue and exhaustion and it should not be mistaken for normal feeling of tiredness after a strenuous activity, which can be overcome with rest. The chronic fatigue cannot be overcome after a rest and is usually aggravated after a physical or mental activity. This disorder is usually called chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis.
In the majority of cases, hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is responsible for the occurrence of chronic fatigue syndrome. The level of glucose is elevated in the blood after eating. After a while, when the body utilizes it as a main source of energy, the level of glucose in the blood is again reduced to normal. When one performs a physical activity, the body uses glucose to supply energy. Therefore, the level of sugar in blood decreases and the adrenal glands start to secrete catecholamines, which transform the glycogen stored in the liver into the glucose. Thus, the level of glucose in the blood is again brought to normal. However, when hypoglycemia and chronic fatigue are in the question, glucose made from glycogen stimulates the hormone insulin, which then decreases the level of glucose in the blood.
Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and hypoglycemia
The most common symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome apart from constant fatigue are pain that occurs in the joints and muscles, digestive problems, fever and swollen lymph nodes. Furthermore, the people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome may experience poor concentration, mental confusion and memory loss. On the other side, the most common symptoms of low blood sugar are fatigue, excessive sweating, especially at night, excessive hunger and craving for sweets. Hypoglycemia may also cause heart palpitations, anxiety and irritation. In people with this condition, weakness, fainting, confusion and loss of memory may also appear as the symptoms.
Treatment of hypoglycemia and chronic fatigue
When one suffers from hypoglycemia, it is very important to raise the level of sugar in the blood. When one cannot take sugar by mouth, glucose is given intravenously or an injection of glucagon is administered. Certain medications are also prescribed for treating hypoglycemia. On the other side, chronic fatigue can be effectively treated by a healthy diet, which includes foods rich in proteins, fibers, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.