A new study claims that blood sugar levels can be used to determine anger, particularly between spouses. The study points out, not in so many words, that when people’s blood sugar levels drop they become cranky. The study focuses on the effect of low blood sugar on participants’ aggression towards their spouse. But they didn’t actually have these couples fast and then determine aggression levels based on arguments and scraps. Nope, they used those scientific gauges called voodoo dolls.
The researchers studied 107 married couples for three weeks. Each night, they measured the couples’ levels of the blood sugar glucose and asked each participant to stick pins in a voodoo doll representing his or her spouse. That was how the measured levels of aggression.
This was one of those articles that while I was reading it I had to check several times to see if it was left over from April Fool’s Day.
Anyone who has ever encountered a hungry child is aware of the effect that has on his or her behaviour. It isn’t surprising that this holds true for adults.
As a sufferer of hypoglycemia I often experience low blood sugar. The immediate sensation is almost other-worldly: a combination of being drunk, dizzy, light-headed. Throw in a good old cold sweat and you can understand why this drop is often confused with anxiety attacks. When I’m in the throes of a sugar count drop the only aggression I show is toward those who stand between me and a Snickers bar or jar of peanut butter. Voodoo dolls would be safe, unless of course they were made of marzipan. However chocolate Easter bunnies are in definite danger.
That low blood sugar should make one crabby doesn’t surprise me, the fact that this aggression was measured by the number of pins in a voodoo doll does.