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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar may cause palpitations or fast heart rate, and causes a weak, shaky feeling. Blood pressure may go up (due to heart working harder with stress) or down (due to overall weakness effect) or remain normal. If someone feels like sugar is low and unable to test right away, it's safe to eat/drink extra to bring sugar up than to wait and risk passing out, etc. ...Read more
Yes...: Reactive hypoglycemia is defined as a drop in blood sugar after of eating, usually a meal high in sugar or carbohydrates. There is some controversy over the diagnosis and it is not a "formally" recognized D.C., however, clinically it is something that in my opinion & the endocrinologist I know clearly exists & guidelines for its tx exist. It often occurs in people w a FH of DM or pre-DM. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Victoza (liraglutide) …: Stimulates Insulin secretion & inhibits secretion of glucagon only when blood glucose levels are higher than normal (e.g., after a meal); therefore, it has a low risk of hypoglycemia. However, if combined with other glucose -lowering meds, the risk for hypoglycemia is increased, depending on what the other drug(s) is/are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neuroglycopenic: Beta blockers block the adrenergic symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as shakiness, palpitations, sweats, but will not block the neuroglycopenic symptoms that are related to inadequate glucose supply to the brain, such as confusion, seizures, visual changes, and passing out. However, these symptoms are only likely to occur in diabetics on meds that can cause excessive amounts of insulin. ...Read more
Not Eating: Hypoglycemia means low blood glucose (sugar). It happens when you have not eaten for awhile or in diabetics who have taken too much insulin. Food gives your body energy. Energy comes from glucose in food. When you haven't eaten, your glucose levels drop & you no longer have energy for your body to work properly. Your brain always needs glucose to function & you can get migraines if do not have it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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