Introduction: Hypoglycemia


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Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is a low level of sugar in the blood. When you haven't eaten recently, the body will usually produce sugar in the liver to avoid blood sugar levels falling. However, this mechanism does not always work perfect. Some people have mild hypoglycemia where they occasionally get the shakes when hungry, but are not seriously afflicted. Other people have chronic hypoglycemia where a hypoglycemic episode occurs regularly and may need medications or dietary management. When this occurs shortly after a meal it is called "reactive hypoglycemia" and when it occurs after a long period of non-eating it is "fasting hypoglycemia". Sudden and actue hypoglycemic episodes (or "hypos") are also very common for diabetics, in reaction to an imbalance between insulin or diabetes pills, level of food, and level of exercise or activity.

Hypoglycemia: Glucose, a form of sugar, is the body's main fuel. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, occurs when blood levels of glucose drop too low to fuel the body's activity. 1

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1. excerpt from Hypoglycemia: NIDDK

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