Hypoglycemia Causes Night Sweating, Peeing, Insomnia and Anxiety
- anxiety is often caused by constant excess of adrenaline
- hypoglycemia causes constant adrenaline release
- hypoglycemia is very common problem but still doctors consider it as rare
- emotional stress must be avoided in order to heal the body
- nutrition is essential – magnesium, B-complex, lecithin, zinc, omega 3,6,9
- hypoglycemic diet is the best way to heal
- whey protein concentrate or isolate before sleep may greatly reduce the hypoglycemia during the night
There are so many people complaining about night sweats and waking up to go to pee. And most of them are almost ultimately without any clue what causes it.
When they go to see a doctor the answer they usually get is “anxiety” and less common answers are infection or even possibly some cancer. The major problem with that answer is that anxiety does not cause night sweats.
It is the hypoglycemia which causes anxiety as well as sweating.
If the doctors prescribe the antidepressants for suspected anxiety which is caused by adrenaline (due to hypoglycemia) the health can go just downhill. It may ease the anxiety but those drugs won’t do anything good for the real cause of anxiety and night sweats – for hypoglycemia.
- hunger (due to low blood sugar)
- sleepiness (due to low glucose supply to the brain)
- insomnia (due to adrenaline release)
- waking up in the middle of the night (due to adrenaline release)
- anxiety (constant adrenaline excess)
- confusion and nervosity (actually OCD due to excess of adrenaline)
- sweating (adrenaline)
- anger and irritability (adrenaline)
Only the hunger and sleepiness are the two effects of hypoglycemia which are not directly caused by adrenaline. All the other symptoms of hypoglycemia are directly influenced by adrenaline production.
Reactive hypoglycemia is common
Reactive hypoglycemia is rampant and the natural response to low blood sugar is adrenaline release which brings the blood sugar up. The term “reactive hypoglycemia” describes the blood sugar drop to low levels within 4 hours after high-carbohydrate meal, where symptoms of hypoglycemia are present.
I can not understand how all the medical community pretends that hypoglycemia is a rare disorder? Are they crazy or what? Sure, most people with hypoglycemia never reach the blood glucose levels when they just drop on the floor and swinging their heads from side to side and mumble something. But that is just because the basal blood sugar levels their bodies are used to function are often higher than in normal healthy person (even though still in a reference range so they are not diagnosed as diabetics).
Do not get fooled by readings of blood sugar levels which are in normal range.
It is common with reactive hypoglycemia that people have (slightly) elevated basal blood sugar levels so the symptoms of hypoglycemia can set on much higher blood glucose levels than in healthy people.
For example if your basal (fasting) blood glucose levels are 5.7 mmol/L (102 mg/dL) or 6.0 mmol/L (108 mg/dL) the symptoms of hypoglycemia can be present at levels of 5.0 mmol/L (90 mg/dL). You don’t have to have the blood sugar levels at 3.5 mmol/L (63 mg/dL) when hypoglycemia symptoms arise in healthy people.
Keep in mind that the elevated fasting blood sugar levels have some cause. That cause is mostly insulin resistance which makes impossible for the body to feed the cells with glucose if there is just normal amount of glucose in the blood.
Weight loss due to hypoglycemia
So, if there is not enough of glucose supply from digestive tract (food) or glycogen the adrenaline is released in order to raise the blood glucose levels.
For example after heavy exercise there are no glycogen stores left but adrenaline has the ability to induce the glucose production (gluconeogenesis) from glucogenic amino acids. Almost all known amino acids are glucogenic; only leucine and lysine are not.
That is why hypoglycemia may lead to weight loss even though there is enough of carbohydrates in the diet. The body may constantly breaking down the muscles in order to raise the blood sugar.
How you can stop the muscle loss?
The key is protein; the higher needs for protein in people with hypoglycemia and eating standard diets may lead to weight loss due to protein deficiency. That is why quality protein supplement like whey protein concentrate (WPC) or whey protein isolate (WPI) may do wonders for those people.
High protein food or protein supplement before sleep may balance the blood sugar and make the sleep more refreshing due to avoiding the hypoglycemic state during the night.
Waking up to go to pee during the night
As most people already know when they are stressed or feared the common symptom is need to go pee. In very stressful situation the involuntary peeing is common even in adults. Adrenaline does that!
Adrenaline tighten up the muscles of urinary bladder so it is hard to hold the urine.
When adrenaline is released (due to hypoglycemia) during the sleep the adults usually wake up and go to the bathroom. However the small children have usually less control and just pee in the bed.
Even so common bedwetting in children; the onset is usually accompanied after some traumatic experience those children went through. Those children develop bedwetting because of the stress they went through (due to parents’ fight, abusive parents, school performance,…). Those children develop Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction – actually a (weak) form of PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder).
Adrenaline in the body acts as a neurotransmitter and as a hormone. Hormonal imbalances can be really hard to resolve so that is why so many diseases where the Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction plays a major role are so hard to treat.
It is similar to abusing of anabolic steroids in bodybuilders. After the bodybuilders go off the steroids they loose a lot of muscles and personality. Since the body was used to be supplied by exogenous steroids the natural production of hormones (testosterone) shuts down.
The same often happens with excess of adrenaline which may induce depression after the long term stress during a lot of adrenaline is produced and the body gets accustomed to it. After some time when the adrenaline production can’t go up anymore the brain, mind and the body is left exhausted.
Psoriasis – adrenaline connection
Constant hypoglycemia and subsequent adrenaline release completely dysregulate the whole body via the adrenaline effects on Autonomic Nervous System. In my theory too much adrenaline production day by day, week by week, year by year leads to hyporesponsivity to adrenaline (as hormone and as neurotransmitter).
Dysregulated (hyporesponsive) neurons (and other cells including the blood platelets) interfere with the natural functions of the body. This results in too much coagulation, vasoconstriction (low blood flow) – and when this happens to muscles in blood vessels and capillaries in the skin there will be low blood flow in the skin. This leads to opportunity for fungi to invade the hypoxic (low oxygenated spots on the skin) skin and cause psoriasis plaque.
I have described the mechanism of the vasoconstriction in one of my previous posts.
How to resolve this?
It should be always noted that resolving the deficiencies has top priority – magnesium, B-complex, omega 3,6,9; zinc, lecithin – are essential for proper nervous system function.
Dr. Michael Platt, MD wrote a book called Adrenaline Dominance where he makes a connection between many chronic diseases and different symptoms and excess of adrenaline production. He recommends the hypoglycemic diet and natural bio-identical progesterone cream as a solution.
Galantamine was successfully used in more studies in Europe many years ago for treating the nervous system. Galantamine acts as a positive allosteric modulator of alpha-7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (makes those receptors more responsive to acetylcholine) and also as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (raises the acetylcholine levels).
Galantamine may help a lot but surely it is not 100% like any other drug. Galantamine is in many countries available only as a prescription drug even though it is natural chemical found in snowdrops and daffodils.