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Hypoglycemia

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Written By Lesleigh

Hypoglycemia is also known as low blood sugar or glucose and occurs when the bodys glucose level drops low enough to provide energy for the body. It usually occurs in children 10 years and older and in adults, or as a side effect of diabetes treatment but it can result as a side effect of tumors, medication and hormone/enzymes deficicenies.
 
   After a meal glucose molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream and carried to cells where they are used for energy, Insulin which is made by the pancreas which allows glucose to enter the cells  The body stores extra glucose in the liver and uses it when needed between meals.
 
  When blood glucose begins to fall, glycagon, another hormone prodiced by the pancreas signals the liver to start breaking down glucagon and release glucose to help the sugar levels return to normal. If a person suffers from Hypoglycemia. this ability may be impaired, especially is one has Diabetes.
 
 
  Symptoms of Hypoglycemia.
 
  • hunger
  • nervousness and shakiness
  • perspiration
  • dizziness or light-headedness
  • sleepiness
  • confusion
  • difficulty speaking
  • feeling anxious or weak
  • Hypoglycemia can also happen while one is sleeping. A person might

    • cry out or have nightmares
    • find that your pajamas or sheets are damp from perspiration
    • feel tired, irritable, or confused when you wake up

     

       Causes of Hypoglycemia

    People who take glucose lowering medications can have blood sugar fall for a number of reasons such as

    ~ meals or snacks that are too small, delayed, or skipped

  • excessive doses of insulin or some diabetes medications, including sulfonylureas and meglitinides (Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, biguanides, and thiazolidinediones alone should not cause hypoglycemia but can when used with other diabetes medicines.)

  • increased activity or exercise

  • excessive drinking of alcohol

     

        Hypoglycemia does not only occur in people with Diabetes. There are two types of Hypoglycemia in non-diabetic paitents, these are Reactive Hypoglycemia (postprandial, or after meals) and Fasting Hypoglycemia (postabsorptive) Reactivee Hypoglycemia is not usually related to an underlying problem, but Fasting Hypoglycemia is.

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    Reactive Hypoglycemia

    Fasting Hypoglycemia

    Hyperinsulinemia

    Hyperinsulinemia is being placed under Hypoglycemia under the defense that It does tend to be a cause of Hypoglycemia among children under the age of 10 years, However it may appear on other pages as well.

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