The feeling of dizziness after eating is a common phenomenon in the elderly, affecting approximately two thirds of older women and men. This feeling usual varies from person to person and ranges from lightheadedness to wooziness.
It is normally caused by a number of medical conditions e.g. postprandial hypoglycemia; a condition associated with a drop in blood sugar level immediately after one has taken a meal.
This mainly occurs when one takes a meal containing plenty of carbohydrates which causes the pancrease to produce more insulin to keep up with the increasing blood sugar level. Sometimes this causes an overproduction of insulin creating a drop in sugar levels.
Note that fatigue, dizziness and vertigo can be a sign of a serious medical condition and therefore it is advisable that you consult a doctor for an evaluation.
Apart from postprandial hypoglycemia, dizziness is also linked with thyroid and kidney disease. These two conditions, interferes with the normal body functioning by causing an imbalance in blood chemistry hence causing dizziness.
Food triggers a change in blood chemistry which then triggers the metabolism process. This sometimes makes one to feel unwell after meals with a feeling of nausea and vomiting being common. Gastrointestinal abnormalities including stomach inflammation, acid reflux and gastritis are the other factors associated with dizziness.
Another common cause of dizziness is Labyrinthitis a condition characterized by the inflammation of the labyrinth (a part of the inner ear located near the base of the skull).
Labyrinth is made of two parts i.e. the vestibule which usually sends information on position and head movement to the brain, and Cochlea which normally deals with information concerning sound. When the vestibule is interfered by the labyrinthitis, it sends wrong information to the brain
Heart disease; the heart is responsible for transportation of digested food. Certain heart diseases may interfere with the blood circulation to the abdominal organs leading to a drop in blood pressure which then causes nausea and dizziness.
Other factors associated with dizziness include; type of food, medication, emotional disorder and atherosclerosis.
People who experience dizziness after eating are usually advised to keep a diary or a log, indicating the type of food taken and how long before dizziness sets in.
This information is important during diagnosis and evaluation. Sometimes one may experiences other symptoms other than dizziness e.g. distorted vision, fainting and fatigue. This should also be noted down and discussed with your doctor.
It is important that you visit a doctor if the dizziness is accompanied by the symptoms mentioned above. Here are some measures that will help you avoid dizziness
-Stay hydrated by drinking water regularly
-Try not to skip meals particularly breakfast
-Take your meals on time
-Take you dinners 2 hours before you go to sleep.
-Avoid taking carbonated drinks e.g. sodas with meals instead, drink healthy beverages e.g. fresh fruit juice, lime juice or coconut water.
-Avoid vigorous activities after eating
-For those people with gastritis, eat enough vegetables and fruits for a couple of days followed by a healthy diet (balanced diet). Avoid too much fat.
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