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Can hypoglycemia develop into diabetes?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hyper, no hypo

*hyper*glycemia is a symptom of pre-diabetes and eventually diabetes.
*hypo*glycemia can be caused by taking too much Insulin to treat diabetes but can caused by fasting and can also be a medication side effect.

In brief: Hyper, no hypo

*hyper*glycemia is a symptom of pre-diabetes and eventually diabetes.
*hypo*glycemia can be caused by taking too much Insulin to treat diabetes but can caused by fasting and can also be a medication side effect.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Alvin Fried
There is one school of thought that believes that a condition called "reactive hypoglycemia" or a hypoglyc emic dip about three to four hours after a sugar load, is actually a precursor to diabetes. The jury is still out on this, but I haver had patients who were diabetic that reversed to a situation of reactive hypoglycemia by strict diet and exercise.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Persons with relatives with type ii diabetes often have reactive hypoglycemia long before they develop type ii diabetes themselves children born to mothers with gestational diabetes may have hypoglycemia and they are at risk for later developing type ii diabetes as well.

In brief: Yes

Persons with relatives with type ii diabetes often have reactive hypoglycemia long before they develop type ii diabetes themselves children born to mothers with gestational diabetes may have hypoglycemia and they are at risk for later developing type ii diabetes as well.
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: High insulin

The common denominator in these two conditions is high Insulin levels (almost always related to excess sugar and carb intake).
Initially the high Insulin causes a reactive hypoglycemia, however over time, the chronically high Insulin levels lead to "insulin resistance". When your Insulin no longer works your blood sugars will rise and you develop diabetes. This is 100% preventable wi proper diet.

In brief: High insulin

The common denominator in these two conditions is high Insulin levels (almost always related to excess sugar and carb intake).
Initially the high Insulin causes a reactive hypoglycemia, however over time, the chronically high Insulin levels lead to "insulin resistance". When your Insulin no longer works your blood sugars will rise and you develop diabetes. This is 100% preventable wi proper diet.
Dr. Michael Rothman
Dr. Michael Rothman
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