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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

Dr. David Sneid
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Episodes Of Hypoglycemia (Definition)

Episodes of hypoglycemia refer to when a person's blood sugar falls into a range (usually less than 70) that causes symptoms like lighteadedness, sweating, palpitations, and syncope. If it happens repeatedly, doctors usually inquire about patterns and timing of food intake. Certain diabetes medications can also ...Read more


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How long does it take to heal episodes of hypoglycemia?

How long does it take to heal episodes of hypoglycemia?

Depends: A single episode of hypoglycemia, related to an Insulin overdose in a type 1 diabetic can be treated and resolved in 5 to 10 minutes, (turn off your pump for 5 minutes, intake 5 gm oral glucose). However, multiple episodes, unknown cause of episodes can be much more difficult and involved to treat. Please check in with your doc, as hypoglycemia can be serious health risk. Be well. ...Read more

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I have repeated episodes of hypoglycemia. With good diet how long till they disappear? Can the episodes disappear completely?

I have repeated episodes of hypoglycemia. With good diet how long till they disappear? Can the episodes disappear completely?

Depends: If you have hypoglycemia while fasting, that is very concerning for an insulinoma. If you have hypoglycemia after eating and have been diagnosed with reactive hypoglycemia, the treatment is small frequent meals with minimal carbohydrates. Insulinomas require surgery for cure. Reactive hypoglycemia should resolve with the prescribed diet, but typically returns if you deviate from the diet. ...Read more

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Does water help decrease glucose in blood when episodes of hypoglycemia coccur?

Does water help decrease glucose in blood when episodes of hypoglycemia coccur?

Dilute: Water can help to dilute things, but the treatment for patients with diabetes who have high blood sugar is Insulin or other medication per doctor. We advocate sugar free fluids in addition to Insulin when patients also have ketones. Drinking water alone won't address the problem. Without enough Insulin blood sugars will just continue to climb. Most importantly, please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had 2 symptomatic episodes of hypoglycemia in the past month. I am 2 yrs post op, bypass. How can I increase my sugar intake w/o complication?

Multiple factors: I'm assuming you are not diabetic- if you are please see your doc for med adjustment. You should also document a low blood sugar using glucometer. I usually recommend light snacks inbetween meals to avoid hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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I have had several episodes of hypoglycemia, abdominal pain, dark urine. Ct found a mass on head of pancreas, EUS showed dark spot, 2nd EUS shows none?

I have had several episodes of hypoglycemia, abdominal pain, dark urine. Ct found a mass on head of pancreas, EUS showed dark spot, 2nd EUS shows none?

Biochemical proof: Hi. Before any imaging of the pancreas is done, biochemical proof of fasting insulin-mediated pathological hypoglycemia should be established. Has that been done? If so, EUS is good, but still not as good as intraoperative US. If endogenous insulin-mediated pathological hypoglycemia is proven, the problem lies in the pancreas, and surgery is warranted. We need more info. Most insulinomas not CA. ...Read more

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Will children too get hypoglycemia?

Will children too get hypoglycemia?

Sure: A number of different conditions result in hypoglycemia in children: overdose of tylenol, (acetaminophen) accidental ingestion of glucose lowering drugs or alcohol, inborn errors of metabolism, ketotic hypoglycemia, etc. ...Read more

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How can we treat hypoglycemia in children?

How can we treat hypoglycemia in children?

Bipolar or ADHD?: I have found that many bipolar & adhd symptoms resolve when following the hypoglycemia eating plan. Adrenaline is released with hypoglycemia & can cause behavior and focus problems which might be diagnosed as adhd or bipolar. Following the diet above, can help rule this in or out. ...Read more

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Is it a concern of having hypoglycemia in children?

Is it a concern of having hypoglycemia in children?

Yes: Hypoglycemia in anyone, including children, can suggest an underlying metabolic problem including Insulin resistance or other pancreatic problems. Hypoglycemia in anyone should be further evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What does cause hypoglycemia in newborn children?

What does cause hypoglycemia in newborn children?

Hypoglycemia: There are many causes of hypoglycemia in a newborn, with the most common being a rebound low blood sugar for an infant born to a diabetic mother. In the Unites States, there are specific nursery protocols to watch closely for hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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What can cause non-diabetic hypoglycemia in children?

What can cause non-diabetic hypoglycemia in children?

Number of conditions: Ingestion of alcohol and blood sugar lowering drugs are fairly common causes. Accidental or intentional overdose of tylenol (acetaminophen) is another well known cause. Other unusual or rare conditions include
ketotic hypoglycemia and metabolic diseases involving gluconeogenesis. ...Read more

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How is non-diabetic hypoglycemia in children usually treated?

How is non-diabetic hypoglycemia in children usually treated?

Cause?: Determine if blood sugar is really low and when does it occur. If true hypoglycemia, your doctor will need to determine the cause. We often see lowish blood sugars in thin kids who don't have healthy diets. Treatment would be geared toward healthier eating in this case. Less common are certain metabolic disorders which mostly present in babies and children, but a few also manifest in adulthood. ...Read more

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What is hypoglycemia?

What is hypoglycemia?

Low blood sugar: Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar. It may be an isolated incident related to not enough food intake or a metabolic problem related to bad glucose metabolism. Reactive hypoglycemia results when you eat sugar, your Insulin is released in response and then drives the sugar too low. This is the most common form. ...Read more

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Can hypoglycemia be cured?

Depends: The answer depends on the cause of the hypoglycemia. The first important thing is to confirm that you indeed have hypoglycemia. Then figure out what is causing the hypoglycemia. Once these are done, then you will have a better idea of how to treat the hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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What causes? Hypoglycemia?

What causes? Hypoglycemia?

Usually sugar intake: Eat only meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry and low starch veggies, drink only water. In other words avoid all carbs, carbs will only briefly raise your sugar levels and then your Insulin levels. The fats in the meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry will act like a "log on your metabolic fire" to keep your blood sugar stable for hours without raising insulin. ...Read more

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Is hypoglycemia hereditary?

Is hypoglycemia hereditary?

Perhaps: There are several different causes of hypoglycemia. Some causes are medical or drug induced and would not be hereditary. One form called reactive hypoglycemia is related to abnormal glucose metabolism and probably has some hereditary influences. ...Read more

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How common is hypoglycemia?

Extremely: Because it is caused by chronic ingestgion of sugar. ...Read more

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What can cause hypoglycemia?

4 things: People tend to have a genetic predisposition to having it but the 4 things I found that make it worse are:
1. Eating sugar
2. Not eating often enough
3. Not eating protein often enough
4. Food sensitivities. ...Read more

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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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What does hypoglycemia mean?

What does hypoglycemia mean?

Low blood sugar: Hypoglycemia another term for low blood sugar. But it doesn't mean you need more sugar. It means you need less. It means your body doesn't process sugars properly and you need less of them. ...Read more

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Why is hypoglycemia dangerous?

Why is hypoglycemia dangerous?

Yes, but only: If you have diabetes and are on an incorrect dose of medication. Otherwise, there is no such thing as hypoglycemia in the absence of end-stage cancer, kidney or liver disease, or prior stomach or GI surgery. The diagnosis of hypoglycemia is made frequently and incorrectly in many people. It is not really hypoglycemia, and not dangerous but a normal body reaction if you're obese. ...Read more

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How is hypoglycemia diagnosed?

How is hypoglycemia diagnosed?

Hypoglycemia.: We diagnose hypoglycemia if a patient has (1) appropriate symptoms of hypoglycemia, (2) documented low blood sugar, either by fingerstick or lab test, and (3) appropriate positive response (resolution of symptoms) with administration of glucose/sugar. ...Read more

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What is "silent hypoglycemia"?

Silent Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia unawareness refers to the loss of early autonomic warning symptoms when a low glucose level occurs. This loss can predispose the patient to the development of severe neuroglycopenia (confusion/unconsciousness). ...Read more

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How can you treat hypoglycemia?

How can you treat hypoglycemia?

Due to what?: Diabetics taking too much Insulin or other meds need sugar or, if they cannot take by mouth, glucagon. Many people feel they have "hypoglycemia" and some actually do. Treatment of these depends on the cause of the true hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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Is hypoglycemia a true illness?

No and yes: Hi. Any diabetic taking insulin will tell you how very real hypoglycemia is. However, there is an utter nonsense self-diagnosis of "hypoglycemia" that is not in the same universe as "true illness". There are also true hypoglycemia cases (VERY rare) due to tumors or hyperplasia of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. So if you take insulin or your pancreas makes it inappropriately, yes ...Read more

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How can hypoglycemia be treated?

How can hypoglycemia be treated?

Depends: The most common type is caused by eating foods with too much sugar. The body makes too much Insulin in response, and your blood sugar goes down suddenly. Eat more protein, and much less starch, and no candy. If it caused by too much Insulin in a diabetic, it is an emergency. Take glucose gel or pills quickly, and have your doctor adjust your Insulin dosing. ...Read more

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What foods are for hypoglycemia?

Sugars ands carbs: The best treatment for hypoglycemia for diabetics is glucose tablets. They are easy to take and quantitate. Other options are drinks that contain simple sugars like o.J, non-diet soda or foods that are naturally sweet (candy, cookies etc). My favorite is milk; it has sugar in the form of lactose and the protein in it can be slowly converted to sugar. ...Read more

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How can I deal with hypoglycemia?

How can I deal with hypoglycemia?

Daily chore..: Sorry to say, but reactive hypoglycemia, which is typically what we experience, is not curable. Proper management includes smaller more frequent meals with lean protein and as much as 50 grams of fiber for a woman/70 grams of fiber for a man divided evenly amongst the meals, with the intent of smoothening out the release of insulin from the pancreas throughout the day and night. ...Read more