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Nondiabetic Hypoglycemia

What is non-diabetic hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is the condition when your blood glucose (sugar) levels are too low. It happens to people with diabetes when they have a mismatch of medicine, food, and/or exercise. Non-diabetic hypoglycemia, a rare condition, is low blood glucose in people who do not have diabetes. There are two kinds of non-diabetic hypoglycemia: Reactive hypoglycemia, which happens within a few hours of eating a meal Fasting hypoglycemia, which may be related to a disease Glucose is the main source of energy for your body and brain. It comes from what we eat and drink. Insulin, a hormone, helps keep blood glucose at normal levels so your body can work properly. Insulin’s job is to help glucose enter your cells where it’s used for energy. If your glucose level is too low, you might not feel well. What causes non-diabetic hypoglycemia? The two kinds of non-diabetic hypoglycemia have different causes. Researchers are still studying the causes of reactive hypoglycemia. They know, however, that it comes from having too much insulin in the blood, leading to low blood glucose levels. Types of nondiabetic hypoglycemia Reactive hypoglycemia Having pre-diabetes or being Continue reading >>

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  1. denofhc

    I have been warned by my doctor that I may be headed toward diabetes because of my family history.
    I have tried to keep my weight under control. I exercise every day and watch what I eat.
    Never-the-less, I bought a glucose meter and was surprised to find that my fasting glucose reading is between 100 and 118 (average 109).
    I have redoubled my effort by almost totally eliminating sugar, white bread, potatoes, rice, etc. But the over 100 readings continue.
    Should I be concerned?

  2. ElkHunter

    I was told my doctor that a "normal" reading was between 90-105. ANYTHING, above and below that, you should be concerned with. I agree with what the doctor said, being just outside those numbers, you are stretching it.
    You say you watch what you eat. Seriously cut down on everything white. No Sugar, no white bread, nothing with white flower, no white rice, etc.
    Then, start looking at your carbs. Carbs equate to Sugar. I keep my carb intake to 100 carbs a day. Normal person can have 200 carbs a day. But, being diabetic, I'm not normal.
    You sound like you are off to a good start, but now you need to get serious about it. Get a book on carbs and start keeping track of carb intake. Start looking at diabetic cookbooks and what you can and cannot eat.
    You CAN improve what you are eating and reduce the numbers. You are not out of tolerance that far, but you are starting to get into a bad trend.
    Good luck.
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  3. SouthernBelleInUtah

    No alcohol. I was told to keep my carbs at 90 or less per day.

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