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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different.: These are different things. Reactive hypoglycemia is an overly brisk response of your pancreas to a particularly sugary meal; too much insulin is released in the blood sugars plummet. Prediabetes is a slight elevation of your blood sugars in the longer-term which suggests a predisposition to diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is reactive hypoglycemia common in a young slim person? I keep geting symptoms of it but tested negative for diabetes
Thin pts report RH: There are many case reports & anecdotal evidence that reactive hypoglycemia (RH) can occur in someone who is slim (http://ehealthforum.com/health/skinny-people-with-reactive-hypoglycemia-t265917.html), but hard to say "common". It is usually diagnosed in teenagers or young adults, or after pts undergo bariatric surgery. It is a risk factor for diabetes but RH & diabetes rarely occur simultaneously ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Is Non-Diabetic Reactive Hypoglycemia real? or is it most likely anxiety? Felt the symptoms but blood sugar VERY RARELY has tested low.
Non Diabetic: "Reactive" hypoglycemia is REAL (Some feel it may be a form of PRE-DIABETES but is seen in OBESITY and in some very unusual cases due to a tumor of the pancreas (called an insulinoma) IN SHORT, this needs interpretation by a Board Certified ENDOCRINOLOGIST or DIABETOLOGIST! (a "PROLONGED" GTT with insulin levels has been and could still be the GOLD STANDARD for evaluation of this condition! Z ...Read more
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
If reactive hypoglycemia is not real (non-diabetic), why would my blood sugar drop to the 40s/50s at times, not overweight, no tumors. not on insulin?
Unexplained diabete.: If your blood sugar is 45/50 you must immediately be seen by a doctor in the Emergency facility. More important - why are you checking your blood sugar and how often do you check it? Of course you must be checking your blood sugar and you must see an Endocrinologist as soon as possible. Please keep me informed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My bl sugar level drops to 50 3 h after eating,normal insulin, c-peptide, liver enzymes' levels,family history of diabetes,is it reactive hypoglycemia?
Reactive hypoglycemi: yes. It is. Whenever you eat ready sugars or simple sugars( made with table sugar, juices) your body releases lots of insulin . Your sugars get absorbed mostly from stmach and there is still insulin in the blood that continue to lower your sugar.you should avoid ready sugars and take more complex carbs. Along with proteins. You most likely will be developing diabetes in near future. So watch !! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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