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Doctor insights on: Postprandial Hypoglycemia

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Because of very disrupting postprandial hypoglycemia I'm considering eating vegan protein powder (soy, pea, hemp, rice...) with every meal. Good idea?

Because of very disrupting postprandial hypoglycemia I'm considering eating vegan protein powder (soy, pea, hemp, rice...) with every meal. Good idea?

Post prandial: For starters decrease your insulin by 20%. If you are having hypoglycemia without taking any meds for diabetes (insulin or tablets) you need to see an endocrinologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is it possible I have post prandial syndrome instead of hypoglycemia?

Is it possible I have post prandial syndrome instead 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. A glucose tolerance test (if you've had one) is not and never will be a valid diagnostic test for hypoglycemia. Don't waste your money o GTT or any fad diets of treatments. Lose wt if heavy. ...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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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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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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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 is hypoglycemia diagnosed?

Blood sugar level: Hypoglycemia is diagnosed by measuring the level of blood glucose. A reading below 70 is considered to be hypoglycemia. Usually the blood glucose is drawn after the patient fasts 8 to 10 hours. If a patient is experiencing symptoms suspicious of hypoglycemia, the blood is drawn at the time of symptoms also. Hypoglycemia is caused by an excess of insulin-either natural of injected. ...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 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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