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This is a condition characterized by a drop in blood sugar levels resulting in a wide variety of symptoms. This may include:

Fatigue or lethargy
Mid-afternoon crash
Headaches, jitteriness, mood swings with missed meals
Use of sugars or caffeine for “pick-me-up”

There are numerous contributing factors to hypoglycemia. Some are:

Extended periods without eating
Large amounts of refined carbohydrates in the diet
Coffee, soda and alcohol consumption
High stress

For more detailed information regarding the onset and progression of hypoglycemia, see our article on blood sugar regulation.