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Is Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia overdiagnosed?

Is Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia overdiagnosed?

Reactive hypogly. : If you're referring to reactive hypoglycemia, then that to which you refer is fairly common. It's related to the overly brisk response of the pancreas to ingestion of simple sugar. ...Read more

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Episodes of hypoglycemia?

Episodes of hypoglycemia?

No: In my 35 years of practice, I have never seen a case of reactive hypoglycemia. The disorder doesn't exist, if you're overweight the symptoms are a natural response to your glucose level returning to normal. It is not hypoglycemia, which doesn't occur unless you're receiving treatment for diabetes or have had GI surgery, cancer, severe liver or kidney disease. ...Read more

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How does hypoglycemia start?

How does hypoglycemia start?

Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is usually caused by medications, either Insulin or oral medications that are prescribed for diabetes. Rarely hypoglycemia is caused by a tumor of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. ...Read more

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Is blurred vision a symptom I hypoglycemia?

Is blurred vision a symptom I hypoglycemia?

Blurred vision: Both high & low blood sugar levels can affect vision: high blood sugar causes swelling in lens, resulting in blurred vision. When blood sugar is better controlled, lens is less/not swollen & vision may change again. If eyes have adapted to higher blood sugar levels & swelling, dropping down to low sugar levels can cause blurred vision. ...Read more

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Is hypoglycemia life-threatening?

Is hypoglycemia life-threatening?

Most of the time no: Hypoglycemia is just the blood sugar dropping down below normal limits. Most of the time this causes symptoms and can be taken care of rapidly. There may be a rare instance in which the blood sugar becomes very low and the person is unaware for many reasons, mainly due to being very ill, etc. Under these rare circunstances it may be life-threatening. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia? 

Rare disorder: Symptoms include nervousness, sweating, hunger, anxiety, blurred vision, fatigue, fast heart rate, etc. -- however unless you have diabetes and are on Insulin or other medication, have renal or liver disease, cancer or prior stomach surgery -- then true hypoglycemia neveer occurs in human beings. If it a very frequently and incorrectly made diagnosis. ...Read more

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How's hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic coma treated?

How's hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic coma treated?

Insulin and fluid: Insulin and saline are administered intravenously and other medications added depending on the clinical findings and lab tests. ...Read more

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What is hypoglycemia or recurring hypoglycemia?

Low blood glucose: Or low sugar. If recurring or repeating, work up is warranted. ...Read more

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How does fasting cause hypoglycemia?

It should not: When your pancreas and liver are functioning properly, fasting should not cause hypoglycemia. If fasting causes hypoglycemia in you, you should be seen by your endocrinologist for further evaluation. Frequently we find there wasn't true hypoglycemia and something else was happening. ...Read more

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What methods are used to diagnose hypoglycemia?

Blood sugars: Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar so you have to have blood sugar levels to make the diagnosis. Sometimes a single determination can suffice but it might require a glucose tolerance test to detect reactive hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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Does hypoglycemia lead to diabetes?

Does hypoglycemia lead to diabetes?

Probably not: Diabetics are prone to experience episodes of hypoglycemia either due to medications or the somogyi effect. So it would be useful to check for diabetes if you have hypoglycemia. There is no good evidence to my knowledge that shows a causative role of hypoglycemia in the development of diabetes. More likely, an existing diabetic will get hypoglycemia, not the other way around. ...Read more

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Insulin resistance? fasting insulin 76pmol/l after 75gOral glucose- 1hr-insulin-849pmol/l . 2 hr-864pmol/l glucose fast 5.4mmol/l 1hr10.4 2hr7.5

Insulin resistance? 
fasting insulin 76pmol/l 
after 75gOral glucose- 
1hr-insulin-849pmol/l . 2 hr-864pmol/l

glucose fast 5.4mmol/l
1hr10.4
2hr7.5

Time to get serious: You have normal glucose tolerance. Your fasting and 2 hr glu is not quite at the level of "impaired". Your insulin levels are on the high side, suggesting insulin resistance. Now is the time to start getting your weight under control, proper diet, and physical activity. Talk to your doctor about your particular situation. ...Read more

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Hper and hypoglycemia seem to share many symptoms, which symptom is most uniquely diagnostic for hypo or hyper?

Hper and hypoglycemia seem to share many symptoms, which symptom is most uniquely diagnostic for hypo or hyper?

Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia actually don't share many symptoms at all in my experience. A low blood sugar can be life threatening and your body does everything it can to let you know you're in trouble. You can get anxious, jittery, tachycardic, sweaty and even die if you don't get help. Hypoglycemia is usually asymptomatic but if the sugar gets high enough it can cause coma and death. ...Read more

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How much does hypoglycemia test cost?

How much does hypoglycemia test cost?

Inexpensive: The diagnosis is made with simple blood sugars, which are inexpensive. ...Read more

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Anxiety attack affect fasting blood glucose?

Anxiety attack affect fasting blood glucose?

Yes: Yes, a rise in adrenaline associated with anxiety will cause your blood glucose to rise. In a diabetic, adrenaline can cause a sharp rise, like 100 or so points or more, but in a non-diabetic 10 or 15 points is possible. Be mindful that uncontrolled glucose levels may also lead indirectly to rise in anxiety sensations as well, see your doctor, to assure adequate control. ...Read more