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.

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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...

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...

Is reactive hypoglycemia common in non diabetics?

No. Symptoms of hypoglycemia (shakiness, anxiety, palpitations, sweats) are common, but finding that the sugar is low causing these symptoms is very rare. Reactive hypoglycemia occurs in some prediabetics after eating very sweet foods. It can also occur in people who have had stomach surgery, due to a problem called dumping syndrome. Doing a glucose tolerance test is usually misleading. 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 more...

Are reactive hypoglycemia and pre-diabetes the same thing?

1 is type of other. They aren't quite the same thing. There are many types of pre-diabetes - which is any condition or indication that you might develop diabetes (chronically high blood sugar) later on. Oddly enough, reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar after eating)- or any hypoglycemia for that matter- is a risk factor for developing diabetes. Other pre-diabetic types: impaired glucose tolerance & fasting glucose. Read more...
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 more...

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...

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...
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 more...

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...