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The Pancreas and Its Diseases.

Reactive Hypoglycemia

Cystic Fibrosis
Glucagon Production
Pancreatic Insufficeny
Pancreatic cancer

Written by Lesleigh

 Reactive Hypoglycemia (Symptoms will appeat within 3-4 hours of eating)


 To diagnose whether a person has this type of Hypoglycemia, a doctor will normally ask about symptoms, test the glucose level while a paitent is having symptoms, take a blood sample and send it to a laboratory for analysis. (A personal glucose moniter can NOT be used to help diagnose this type of Hypoglycemia)

 Treatment and Causes

Gastric (stomach) surgery, for instance, can cause hypoglycemia because of the rapid passage of food into the small intestine. Also, rare enzyme deficiencies diagnosed early in life, such as hereditary fructose intolerance, may cause reactive hypoglycemia.

Some researchers suggest that certain people may be more sensitive to the body's normal release of the hormone epinephrine, which causes many of the symptoms of hypoglycemia

Others believe that deficiencies in glucagon secretion might lead to hypoglycemia.


To relieve reactive hypoglycemia, some health professionals recommend taking the following steps:

  • eat small meals and snacks about every 3 hours

  • exercise regularly

  • eat a variety of foods, including meat, poultry, fish, or nonmeat sources of protein; starchy foods such as whole-grain bread, rice, and potatoes; fruits; vegetables; and dairy products

  • choose high-fiber foods

  • avoid or limit foods high in sugar, especially on an empty stomach



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