How rare is reactive hypoglycemia?

Uncommon. In someone with a normal GI tract, hypoglycemia after a meal is very uncommon. To be fair, some people feel yucky 2 hr after eating a sugar-rich meal. But it is rarely a low blood sugar. Most people will not feel symptoms unless the blood glu is <60. I people who have had gastric bypass or other GI surgeries, post meal hypoglycemia can occur. One cause is nesidioblastosis.

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Why does reactive hypoglycemia not exist?

Overdiagnosed . It does exist, but is very uncommon and has been grossly overdiagnosed and hyped. Many people get symptoms 3-4 hr after a sugary meal even tho glu is normal, and people have "low" glu with no symptoms at all. If you have post-meal symptoms, best treatment is smaller/frequent meals/complex carbs/protein etc (after stomach surgery, eg gastic bypass, reactive hypo can occur). Read more...

Is reactive hypoglycemia a "real" disorder?

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...
Yes. This is a tough question to answer as it depends what you mean by real. There are several things which cause reactive hypoglycemia but loosely this term refers to a style of digestion in which blood sugar suddenly drops to low enough levels to cause symptoms up to 4 hours after a meal. It is caused when the body is still releasing Insulin after a meal is digested resulting in a sugar drop. Read more...

What are the symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when your blood sugar (glucose) is too low. Blood sugar below 70 mg/dl is considered low. Blood sugar at or below this level can harm you. Symptoms may include dizziness, confusion, shakiness, feeling lightheaded, weakness, delerium, etc. Read more...

Can you tell me more about reactive hypoglycemia?

Reactivhypoglycemia . Within one to two hours of eating one gets symptoms of shakiness, dizziness , sweating, tremor, hunger, fatigue. There is an"overshoot" of your Insulin . More likely in thin people. Read more...

What should you eat when you have reactive hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia. You must keep some candy in your pocket and take it when you think your sugar is low. You must also immediately tell your doctor so together you can develop a plan to minimize the risk of a low blood sugar. A consult with a dietitian may also be helpful. Read more...

What is reactive hypoglycemia and can you get this from eating?

Yes. Reactive hypoglcemia is generally caused by eating foods which spike your blood sugar, causing an increase in Insulin levels. The Insulin then takes the sugar out of your blood into the cells and causes a sudden drop in blood sugar. Usually eating foods with a low glycemic index (simple carbohydrates, sweets) will cause this. Eating protein or fat with your carbs will help prevent it. Read more...
Yes... Reactive hypoglycemia is defined as a drop in blood sugar after of eating, usually a meal high in sugar or carbohydrates. There is some controversy over the diagnosis and it is not a "formally" recognized D.C., however, clinically it is something that in my opinion & the endocrinologist I know clearly exists & guidelines for its tx exist. It often occurs in people w a FH of DM or pre-DM. Read more...