Low Blood Sugar and Panic Attacks: How Are They Related?

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, has symptoms that overlap with those of panic (light-headedness, trembling, feelings of unsteadiness). So when you’re feeling unwell, how can you differentiate between panic and low blood sugar? Unless you have a glucometer, you can’t, but there are ways to prevent it. Avoid hypoglycemia by eating the right foods at the right times. Eliminating simple carbs and replacing them with complex carbs is a great start. Other suggestions include replacing candy with fruit, ditching foods that contain white sugar, and eating a protein or complex-carb snack between meals. Eating in this way can reduce hypoglycemia — and, thus, the panicky sensations that are associated with it.

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