Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar): Do You Have It?

Low-blood-sugar-symptoms If you find yourself hooked on sweets and quickie carbs, you may have pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes or low blood sugar.

Likewise, if youi’re moody, tired, confused, and headachy and more, you may have low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia.

Here’s a list below of many symptoms of hypoglycemia. See how many ring true for you.

If you have a number of these symptoms, please see a doctor. Your physician might want to order a 5-hour Glucose Tolerance Test that also tests for insulin levels.

FYI, if you are hypo — which many of us are — this is NOT a pleasant test. You might want to bring some food along, or even a friend.

Do any of these symptoms ring true for you?


Sudden fatigue
Irritability & moodiness
Waking up with a “hangover”
Difficulty concentrating
The shakes (when hungry)
Mental confusion (“fog” on the brain)
Crying spells
Mood swings (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
Digestive problems
Aching eye sockets
Heart palpitations
Bizarre behavior
Tremor (internal trembling)
Sleeping too much
Ravenous hunger
Craving for sweets/Sugar addiction
Backache and muscle pain
Cold hands and feet
Temper outbursts
Sensitivity to light
Negative thoughts and attitudes
Unnecessary and excessive worrying
Suicidal thoughts
Feeling best after 7 p.m.
Sighing and yawning
Premenstrual tension & bad cramps
Accident prone and loss of coordination
Shallow breathing
Family history of diabetes or low blood sugar
Itching and crawling on skin
Joint pain
Abdominal spasms
Craving for alcohol and coffee
Blurred vision
Cold sweats
Lack of sex drive (women)
Impotence (males)
Leg cramps
Muscular twitching or twitching of eyelids
Gasping for breath
Smothering spells
Slurred speech
Uncontrollable weight gain
Night terrors
Rheumatoid arthritis
Phobias and fears
Nervous breakdown
Hay Fever
Undue perspiration
Arms and legs or body hurt when first rising in a.m.
“Motor-Mouth” (constant talking)
Visual disturbances
Antisocial behavior
Skin tags
Feeling of “going crazy”
Dry or burning mouth
Ringing in ears
Hot flashes
Convulsions, coma, unconsciousness and seizures!

Read on for more symptoms uncovered by Myra Pinkham. (My sources are below. Hers are here:)

•    The Hypoglycemia Health Association of Australia, “What is Hypoglycemia”, Jurrian Plesman

Limited attention span
Learning disabilities
Bedwetting in children
Hyperactivity in children
Candidiasis (Candida Albicans)
Chronic fatigue syndrome

•    Hypoglycemia Home Page Holland,

Menstruation disorders
Immune system disorders

•    Safe Harbor Alternative Mental Health On-line,
“Conquering Anxiety, Depression and Fatigue Without Drugs – The Role of Hypoglycemia”, Professor Joel H. Levitt of The Anxiety and Hypoglycemia Institute

Tachycardia – racing pulse due to high adrenaline
Rubbery legs
Twitching, jerking and cramping of leg muscles
Waking after two to three hours of sleep
Abnormal weight – too high or too low
A diagnosis of mitral valve prolapse
Lack of appetite
Red blotches on skin or circular arcs of red skin
Can’t tolerate bright light or loud sounds

•,  “Hypoglycemia, Kenneth J. Snow MD, instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Harvard Medical School

•    The Diabetes Institutes Foundation,

Personality changes

•    Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Dilated pupils
Numbness around the mouth
Craving for sugar and salt
Unusual patterns in frequency of urination
Pain in neck and shoulders

•, “Living with Hypoglycemia”, Sue Spataro RN, BSN


•    “Reactive Hypoglycemia (RHG): FM/MPS Perpetuating Factor”, Devin Starlanyl MD

Inability to lose weight
Fat pad on the belly that won’t go away
Common in people with fibromyalgia syndrome
Heavy dreaming
Nasal congestion
Hunger pains including acute stomach pain and nausea
Dry skin
High triglycerides and cholesterol
Fluid retention
Brittle hair and nails
Dry, small stools

•    Hypoglycemia Association Inc., Bulletin #44 “Symptoms of Hypoglycemia and Hypoadrenocorticism”

Dry mouth
Studying is a tremendous effort
Feelings of guilt
Can’t handle stress
Motion sickness

My sources for symptoms above include:

Saunders, Jeraldine and Ross, Harvey, M.D., “Hypoglycemia: The Classic Heatlhcare Handbook.” Kensington, 2002, Revised. Formerly called “Hypoglycemia: The Disease Your Doctor Won’t Treat,” New York, 1980.

Ross, Harvey M., M.D., “Fighting Depression.” Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, Connecticut, 1975.

Fredericks, Carlton, Ph.D., “New Low Blood Sugar and You.” Perigree Books, The Berkley Publishing Group, New York, 1985.

Krimmel, Edward and Patricia, “The Low Blood Sugar Handbook: You Don’t Have to Suffer.” Franklin Publishers, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1992.

Ruggiero, Roberta, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Low Blood Sugar.” Lifetime Books, Hollywood, Florida, 1983.

Rosenbluh, Edward S. Ph.D., “Hypoglycemia: Low Blood Sugar Real or Imaginary.”

Hope this helps you. Feel free to share this with a friend.

Bear in mind that you CAN feel better and get over your hypoglycemia.

Get more helpful info about hypo here.

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4 thoughts on “Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar): Do You Have It?

    1. These are things that happen very often abdominal many of the symptoms happen at once. So no, not “everyone” has it. For example, I have hypoglycemia and a typical episode entails: blurred vision, fatigue, short temper, shaking, clumsiness, cold sweating, thirst, halitosis (sweet breath), forgetfulness, numbness, and aggression. This all happens in a 30 minute span. It’s very sudden and you only feel better after eating.

      1. Ashley, I think you misunderstood me. I never said everyone has hypoglycemia. Many people, who eat processed, sugary foods have developed reactive hypoglycemia. Yes, people definitely feel better after eating — but after eating a healthy meal of quality protein, fats and carbs such as veggies. I do hope you’re feeling better. Connie

  1. Good question. Basically, people who eat lots of sugar and processed carbs set themselves up for major hypoglycemic reactions.

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