4 doctors weighed in:

How is hypoglycemia diagnosed medically?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Blood tests

It can be diagnosed by a fingerstick test, or a regular blood test.
Some people feel the symptoms of hypoglycemia even if the glucose is normal. This is usually when the glucose level is dropping quickly. It is fairly common to feel this way when beginning treatment for diabetes, even if the medication cannot cause the glucose to be below normal.

In brief: Blood tests

It can be diagnosed by a fingerstick test, or a regular blood test.
Some people feel the symptoms of hypoglycemia even if the glucose is normal. This is usually when the glucose level is dropping quickly. It is fairly common to feel this way when beginning treatment for diabetes, even if the medication cannot cause the glucose to be below normal.
Dr. Cynthia Point
Dr. Cynthia Point
Thank
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: Serum glucose

Hypoglycemia simply means low glucose.
So, the diagnosis is made by taking a blood sample and measuring the blood glucose level (mg/dl). Generally, a level below 70-90 is low but this all depends on the individual and their medical issues. Hypoglycemia can be caused by a number of things but is often associated with uncontrolled diabetes. However, many other causes exist.

In brief: Serum glucose

Hypoglycemia simply means low glucose.
So, the diagnosis is made by taking a blood sample and measuring the blood glucose level (mg/dl). Generally, a level below 70-90 is low but this all depends on the individual and their medical issues. Hypoglycemia can be caused by a number of things but is often associated with uncontrolled diabetes. However, many other causes exist.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
14 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors