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Doctor insights on: Low Blood Sugar In A 5 Year Old

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Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more


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My 2.5 year old, who is diabetic, has had a decreased appetite for the last couple weeks. Her blood sugars are normal and she doesn't appear sick. ?

My 2.5 year old, who is diabetic, has had a decreased appetite for the last couple weeks.  Her blood sugars are normal and she doesn't appear sick. ?

Likely normal: Many normal children that age have quite variable appetites i would suggest that you keep a daily listing of all that she eats and drinks. After 1-2 weeks, talk to your doctor's nurse to see if they have any concern and whether they want you to bring her in to be seen. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with gastritis/acid reflux but have also had what I have thought to be low blood sugar for several years. Is there a connection?

I have been diagnosed with gastritis/acid reflux but have also had what I have thought to be low blood sugar for several years. Is there a connection?

Low blood sugar: Please see your doctor to properly check your blood sugars. If the values are indeed low you need a referral to a diabetes specialist. If the values are OK a brief visit to a psychologist would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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I wish to stop breastfeeding-my baby is 5dayd old and has been having formula top up for low blood sugar. Do I just stop or need to ween off the pump?

I wish to stop breastfeeding-my baby is 5dayd old and has been having formula top up for low blood sugar. Do I just stop or need to ween off the pump?

Breast feeding: I am sorry that you want to stop nursing; it is so good for both baby and you. If you continue to pump, your body thinks it is still nursing. You can try pumping less and less each time, but it takes longer. Stopping, although uncomfortable, is the only way. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with GERD but have had shakiness, fainting, and lightheadedness for years, thought it was low blood sugar. Is there a connection?

I have been diagnosed with GERD but have had shakiness, fainting, and lightheadedness for years, thought it was low blood sugar. Is there a connection?

Gerd: It sounds as if your current doctor(s) are not taking good enough care for you. If you are only seeing a primary doctor ask to see both an endocrinologist and a neurologist. If you have already seen these doctors ask your friends who might recommend new doctors for you. ...Read more

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Low blood sugar- extreme weakness;shakes;fits of rage. Only full meals w/ bread, meat & lots of sugar begin to make me feel better. Been ill for years & >30 doctors - no help. No diagnosis. What to do?

Low blood sugar- extreme weakness;shakes;fits of rage. Only full meals w/ bread, meat & lots of sugar begin to make me feel better. Been ill for years & >30 doctors - no help. No diagnosis. What to do?

Complex problems : When a person has a set of serious symptoms that have persistently defied diagnosis, sometimes the best approach is a logical, team-based process. For example, a primary care doctor working closely with a neurologist, endocrinologist, nutritionist and psychiatrist (to help manage symptoms) might be the best way to go. ...Read more

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