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What is the difference between reactive hypoglycemia and diabetic hypoglycemia?

What is the difference between reactive hypoglycemia and diabetic hypoglycemia?

One is med induced : Reactive hypoglycemia means blood sugars drop after eating a high carb meal due to an exaggerated response by the pancreas. People with diabetes get hypoglycemic when their carb intake does not match their med intake or when they expend more calories than they usually do and take the same amount if Insulin or other meds. ...Read more

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Is there an ultimate diet for reactive hypoglycemia, non-diabetic?

Is there an ultimate diet for reactive hypoglycemia, non-diabetic?

Whole foods: Unprocessed whole foods, adequate protein, good fats such as coconut oil, and lots of green leafy vegetables. Complex carbs are ok, but avoid refined carbs. Avoid sugar. ...Read more

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How can I have reactive hypoglycemia and not be diabetic or not even pre diabetic?

How can I have reactive hypoglycemia and not be diabetic or not even pre diabetic?

In a number of ways: B"sd not uncommon situation - pre-diabetes can only be defined in retrospect i.e. if you get diabetes! States of insulin resistance such as PCOS may present with reactive hypoglycemia and rarely so can an insulinoma. As an endocrinologist will request a battery of tests to be done DURING hypoglycemia. Timing that can be very challenging. ...Read more

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Is reactive hypoglycemia common in non diabetics?

Not so much: It is a response to hyperinsulinemia, which is the first step towards adult onset or type 2 diabetes. When one becomes obese, the body begins to ignore the message of insulin. The response in the pancreas is to secrete more insulin. When challenged with a meal the Insulin response is too much and when the meal is digested, there is still Insulin available but no food and the blood sugar drops. ...Read more

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Can a diabetes dietician diagnose or confirm a diagnosis of reactive hypoglycemia?

Not really: The best way to confirm hypoglycemia is by testing the sugar at the time of symptoms to see if is truly low (under 60). Many people with symptoms of hypoglycemia find that their sugars are actually normal when they are having symptoms, and that the symptoms are related to something else. ...Read more

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Is reactive hypoglycemia common in a young slim person? I keep geting symptoms of it but tested negative for diabetes

Is reactive hypoglycemia common in a young slim person? I keep geting symptoms of it but tested negative for diabetes

No: Hypoglycemia is opposit to diabetes that is hyperglycemia. If hypoglycemia happens frequently in a slim person, it usually indicates the person might not eat enough. Anorexia may be the reason if the slim person concerns her/his body shape. In rare case, insulinoma can cause frequent hypoglycemia too. Consult your doctor to check it up. ...Read more

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Diag w/ reactive hypoglycemia years ago. Just had a fasting insulin number of 8 (9-29 range) what does this mean? Strong family diabetes. I'm small

Doesn't mean much: Independent of a concomitant glucose an Insulin level doesn't mean much. If blood sugar is high, low, or normal with an Insulin level of 8 uu/ml, the interpretation is completely different. ...Read more

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I've been on a reduced carb diet for reactive hypoglycemia for a few years but now more hypo episodes, is there any medicines that can help?Non diabetic

I've been on a reduced carb diet for reactive hypoglycemia for a few years but now more hypo episodes, is there any medicines that can help?Non diabetic

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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Why do I have reactive hypoglycemia. I'm not diabetic (I don't think) and not on diabetes medication. I am on an SSRI, I am nursing, & Have PCOS.

Why do I have reactive hypoglycemia. I'm not diabetic (I don't think) and not on diabetes medication. I am on an SSRI, I am nursing, & Have PCOS.

Insulin Resistance: This is actually a complex question, but the PCOS is likely a major part of the answer. Most if not all pts w PCOS have insulin resistance and this makes them make too much insulin and also possibly mistime the production of insulin to food. After you eat & the insulin brings your sugar to normal there may still be some insulin hanging around and the sugar drops. There are ways to help this. ...Read more

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Can stress effect blood sugar levels - lowering them? Not diabetic. Usual breakfast of miniwheats giving me reactive hypoglycemia all week.

Can stress effect blood sugar levels - lowering them? Not diabetic. Usual breakfast of miniwheats giving me reactive hypoglycemia all week.

Stress increases: Glucose. I have never seen a real 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