Reactive Hypoglycemia

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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. 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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