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What Can Cause Low Blood Sugar In Non Diabetics?

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Drug-induced Low Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is common in people with diabetes who are taking insulin or other medicines to control their diabetes. All of the following can cause blood sugar (glucose) level to drop: Drinking alcohol Getting too much activity Intentionally or unintentionally overdosing on the medicines used to treat diabetes Missing meals Even when diabetes is managed very carefully, the medicines used to treat diabetes can result in drug-induced low blood sugar. The condition may also occur when someone without diabetes takes a medicine used to treat diabetes. In rare cases, non-diabetes-related medicines can cause low blood sugar. Medicines that can cause drug-induced low blood sugar include: Bactrim (an antibiotic) Beta-blockers Haloperidol Insulin MAO inhibitors Metformin when used with sulfonylureas Pentamidine Quinidine Quinine SGLT2 inhibitors (such as dapagliflozin and empagliflozin) Sulfonylureas Thiazolidinediones (such as Actos and Avandia) Continue reading >>

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  1. snusnuMV

    What is normal for a non-diabetic?

    For fun, I decided to test my non-diabetic boyfriend's blood sugar. He's usually in the low 80s, but tonight I tested him at 54 mg/dL. He had dinner about two hours before I tested him, but his dinner was very small and contained virtually no carbohydrates. I know that non-diabetics can go into the "hypo" range all the time and not necessarily feel any symptoms, but how low is too low? He only complained of being very hungry. He wasn't shaky or dizzy. He did seem a little tired, but it was late. So, I'm just wondering if this number is concerning. He was a 67 mg/dL two days ago.

  2. bluecanary81

    As long as he's not symptomatic, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Mention it at his next doctor's appointment (if he even has a doctor) and they might want to do some fasting labs on him to get a baseline. Even non-diabetics go a little low sometimes, but they are better able to rebound from it from the release of glycogen by the liver.
    I would say too low for a non-diabetic would be symptomatically low.

  3. snusnuMV

    Thanks. I thought so. He was a little cranky, too, but that's typical. I am trying to get him into the doctor for blood work because I suspect his cholesterol is high, and I'll make sure his doctor tests his fasting BG, too.

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