Reactive Hypoglycemia

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Reactive Hypoglycemia And Eating Too Much Sugar

Reactive hypoglycemia is low blood sugar that occurs after eating. Reactive hypoglycemia usually occurs 1 to 3 hours after you eat food high in sugar, or food with a high-glycemic index. After eating these foods, your blood sugar level fluctuates by elevating too high and then dropping down too low. Reactive hypoglycemia is possibly the most common reason for hypoglycemia in non-diabetics, according to NetDoctor.com.uk. Video of the Day Normal blood sugar should range from 80 to 100 mg/dL. Low blood sugar occurs when your blood glucose drops below 70 mg/dL. The hormone insulin helps maintain your blood glucose. After you eat, your blood sugar increases and your body secretes insulin to bring your blood sugar back to normal. Type 1 diabetics need to inject insulin, as their bodies do not make any. Type 2 diabetics may still produce insulin, but either not enough, or their bodies don't respond to it properly. They often need medication to bring their blood sugar levels down. The glycemic index is a measurement used to rank how fast and how high a particular food can raise blood sugar. Carbohydrate foods with a high glycemic index are more likely to cause reactive hypoglycemia. To avo Continue reading >>

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  1. greedo5150

    OGTT Lab Results--Reactive Hypoglycemia or just pre-diabetes??

    So confused are reactive hypoglycemia lead to diabetes or are they entirely different. I went to a popular dr that does research and he thinks i have insulin resistance and didnt think i had it. However everything i read about reactive hypoglycemia points me to that direction I even had another popular doctor converted to natural health told me it was reactive hypoglycemia. I trust both doctors as they both have a lot of credentials and seem to be experts in their fields. Here are the labs below for glucose and Insulin and i posted the them together on a graph to see what is going on in relation to eachother.
    30 min -145
    1 hr- 193
    2 hr-117
    3 hr.-56
    4 hr-60
    INSULIN uIU/ml
    1 hour-9
    2 hr-57
    3 hr-25
    Why would my insulin go back up after hour 3? Did my adrenaline think my sugar was too low and raised my blood glucose, thus my insulin?

  2. Lloyd

    What should have happened is your glucose should have dropped to something like the mid 80's, then stayed there until next time you ate. Your pancreas releases insulin to allow you to get the glucose out of your blood stream, into the cells of your body that need it for energy. Part of the process is your liver stores some of the glucose, and releases it slowly as needed, think of it acting like a sponge.
    So, it seems you have a problem with the regulation of your pancreas, it over reacted and released too much insulin. Then your liver released glucose to raise your blood glucose back to where it should be (we can't see if it got there from your tests, just that it was heading back up).
    Diabetes is about not making enough insulin, or not being able to use insulin efficiently, that is not what is going on for you.
    Can people with reactive hypoglycemia later end up with diabetes? Yes.
    How often does this happen? I don't know.

  3. smorgan

    Not sure (and definitely not a doctor), but I think your numbers are just fine. A tad "wide" both ends but as long as you don't go around drinking huge glasses of glucose I think you'll be just fine.
    Of course, its a good time for you (and anyone for that matter) to start decreasing carbs and increasing fats (leave proteins moderate) as it is healthier in general and also to forestall any worsening since your number are borderline.

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