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Is hypoglicemia the same as diabetes and what causes it?

Is hypoglicemia the same as diabetes and what causes it?

Opposites: Diabetes is having too much sugar in your blood due to either not making enough Insulin (type i) or your cells not responding to Insulin (type ii). Hypoglycemia is not enough blood sugar and can be caused by many things such as not eating properly and taking too much insulin. Both can damage your body and should be treated by a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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I don't have diabetes but i get all the symptoms of hypoglycemia few times a week , when i eat something sweet the symptoms go away , what causes this?

I don't have diabetes but i get all the symptoms of hypoglycemia few times a week , when i eat something sweet the symptoms go away , what causes this?

The paradox is: Eating something sweet is the cause. It is true that eating something sweet will reverse the symptoms, but you set yourself up for another incident of a similar nature. When you get the hypoglycemia, eat some protein and get rid of all the sweet stuff that you are ingesting, including sweeteners. ...Read more

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Why does hypoglycemia cause mental confusion in diabetes?

Why does hypoglycemia cause mental confusion in diabetes?

Brain cells stop: Most cells can use several sources for energy needs; brain cells can only use glucose. When there is not enough glucose in the fluid around the brain, the brain cells lack the energy to function normally and so stop working properly, and confusion results. ...Read more

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What can cause hypoglycemia ? Been tested negative for diabetes and for thyroid problems?

What can cause hypoglycemia ? Been tested negative for diabetes and for thyroid problems?

Complicated question: Are you testing your own blood glu? How low is it. Fasting, or after a meal? What are your symptoms? Some people get symptoms after a high carb meal that are not really due to low glucose; solution is small/freq meals, avoid simple sugars. Hypoglycemia can come after stomach surgery. Very rarely, there are tumors that cause hypoglycemia. You may want to see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are health risks for people with mild/ moderate hypoglycemia? what can cause hypoglycemia if you don't have diabetes, meds, alcohol, tumors, etc.

What are health risks for people with mild/ moderate hypoglycemia? what can cause hypoglycemia if you don't have diabetes, meds, alcohol, tumors, etc.

Good Q..: Most commonly seen with insulinoma....tumor in pancreas involving beta cells. But more commonly it is a manifestation of pre diabetic state.....in your case PCOD. FHx of diabetes is common. Truncal obesity. Responds very well to metformin........ ...Read more

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What are the chances that hypoglycemia progresses to diabetes?

What are the chances that hypoglycemia progresses to diabetes?

Symptoms: Symptoms similar to hypoglycemia might be expirienced by type 2 diabetics prior to diagnosis for 2 reasons: a quick fluctuation from high to not so high blood sugar may give sucn symptoms and second you might be producing a lot of Insulin already but not be completly resistant to it and have occacional real low blood sugars. ...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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Could hypoglycemia lead to diabetes?

Could hypoglycemia lead to diabetes?

High insulin: The common denominator in these two conditions is high Insulin levels (almost always related to excess sugar and carb intake). Initially the high Insulin causes a reactive hypoglycemia, however over time, the chronically high Insulin levels lead to "insulin resistance". When your Insulin no longer works your blood sugars will rise and you develop diabetes. This is 100% preventable wi proper diet. ...Read more

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Can hypoglycemia develop into diabetes?

Can hypoglycemia develop into diabetes?

Hyper, no hypo: *hyper*glycemia is a symptom of pre-diabetes and eventually diabetes. *hypo*glycemia can be caused by taking too much Insulin to treat diabetes but can caused by fasting and can also be a medication side effect. ...Read more

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Can you get hypoglycemia without diabetes?

Can you get hypoglycemia without diabetes?

Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia can be a warning signal of pre-diabetes. But, it does not have to mean that. It can come from not eating much, being dehydrated, exercising too much. So without much more history from you that is the first thoughts that come to my mind. ...Read more