Dizziness after eating
Usually the head is spinning from hunger, but it happens that this unpleasant phenomenon occurs after eating. Dizziness may be accompanied by nausea, noise or ringing in the ears and darkening in the eyes, shaky gait, sweating. This not only causes discomfort, but may indicate a disorder in the body.
The causes of dizziness in some cases are easily eliminated, but sometimes, in order to get rid of it, one has to be treated.
Causes of Dizziness
Overeating after a long break, getting out of a strict diet or starvation.
Food allergy, it can be caused by food additives, which are quite a lot in most products, as well as sweets or protein foods.
The reaction to foods containing the tyramine amino acid is chocolate, gourmet cheeses, overripe fruits, marinades, citrus fruits.
Hypovolemia – a decrease in blood volume in the body. This condition is characterized by constant thirst, weakness, palpitations, blue skin, dizziness.
Dumping syndrome is a pathological condition caused by a decrease in blood flow to the brain and heart, hyper- and hypoglycemia.
There are early and late dumping syndrome.
Early dumping syndrome
It manifests itself immediately after eating, most often in people who have undergone surgery on the stomach, duodenum, but can also occur in unoperated people who have impaired gastric function.
Milk, carbohydrate products, liquid foods, as well as large meals, contribute to the development of dumping syndrome.
The essence of the pathology is that food is not digested in the stomach, but immediately passes into the intestine, where increased pressure occurs and irritation of the mucous membrane occurs. As a result, a large volume of blood rushes to the intestine, and its heart and brain deficiency is formed. Carbohydrates quickly pass into the blood, and blood sugar increases. As a result, blood pressure drops or rises sharply, hormones are released into the blood, and symptoms of hyperglycemia occur – high blood sugar: dizziness, nausea before vomiting, severe weakness, cold sweat.
Late dumping syndrome
It is caused by the release of insulin in large quantities as a response to high sugar content. Then after a few hours, the sugar level drops sharply, hypoglycemia develops – a lack of glucose. This condition is similar to a hypoglycemic coma in diabetics: pallor, cold and clammy sweat, dizziness, trembling, yawning and drowsiness, a feeling of hunger. This is a dangerous condition: the blood supply to the heart is disrupted, the blood carries oxygen worse, oxygen starvation of tissues occurs – hypoxia. Perhaps the development of acute heart failure.
In severe forms of dumping syndrome, anorexia, exhaustion can develop.
What to do
Single cases of dizziness after eating are harmless and do not require treatment.
If this condition is associated with erratic nutrition, too large intervals between meals, you just need to establish a diet, try to eat more often and in small portions.
With food allergies, it is necessary to identify and exclude products that provoke an allergic reaction from the diet.
But with dumping syndrome, treatment is required by a specialist gastroenterologist or abdominal surgeon.
In the mild stage of the disease, treatment includes:
taking drugs that normalize the digestive processes;
diet and diet;
elimination of symptoms of pathology;
physiotherapeutic procedures – electrical stimulation and electric sleep.
If this does not help, apply surgical treatment – surgery on the stomach.
Is it possible to prevent a disease
Yes, especially if it manifests itself in a mild form. Here are the doctors’ recommendations.
Eat 5-6 times a day in small portions. Take your time, chew food thoroughly.
Do not drink during and immediately after a meal. You can drink half an hour or an hour before and half an hour or an hour after eating.
Prefer slow carbohydrates: cereals, pasta, rice, but fast carbohydrates: cakes, pastries, sweets, as well as sweet juices and drinks – it is better to limit.
Useful vegetables and fruits containing soluble fiber: apples, plums, carrots, beets, cabbage.
Protein food: meat, fish, poultry, eggs – will also be very useful
Milk and dairy products can cause an attack, so eating them is undesirable. You can try using lactose-free milk.
If your blood pressure drops after eating, it’s advisable to lie down for about twenty minutes to half an hour.