A member asked:

Help please. could an ordinary "blood test" catch low blood sugar/hypoglycemia?

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Dr. Linda DiMeglio answered

Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology

Yes: If the sample is obtained when the blood sugar is low and collected and run appropriately (in a hospital lab) it can be diagnostic for hypoglycemia. Tests can also be done for causes. Other ways to look for low sugars include continuous glucose monitoring systems and hemoglobin a1c that evaluates average blood sugar over time. Glucose meters are not usually useful in diagnosing hypoglycemia.

Answered 4/24/2017



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