• whyme whyme
    October 22, 2010
    Hi, Non-diabetic, frequent hypo's which seem to come mainly a few hours after meals, particularly when having roast dinners etc. What could be the problem?
    whyme whyme
    October 22, 2010
    Since last year, dietician advised to test BGL and BP when symptoms of shaking and feeling if going to faint happened. Found BGL tends to drop about 1 1/2 - 2 hours after food. The testing has shown that the BGL symptoms start with my eyes going funny and then shaking and can vary between 2.3 and 3.8, with the eyes starting when dropping to 3.8. April last year, had 2 hypos when in hospital (1st was 3.6, just before tea, so tray rushed in to me and told to eat as quicly as possible. 2nd two days later, 11.30pm and given some gel stuff) and they also tested my A1c and I was told a few weeks ago that it was 2.1 then. In August, they done some tests for Addisons desease because as well as having problems with low blood sugar, I also have problems with extremely low BP (78/49 last week). The results for addison were negative but they said my glucose results were 2.9, 3.9 & 4.2. Last month, I had 2 hypo's within few hours, which was very scary. The first, my BGL was 2.6, so girls gave me lucozade, sweets and also had 3 dextrosol tablets. Half hour later, had a jacket potato. Felt OK, so went to an appointment in town. Only problem was 90 minutes later, eyes went all funny, shaking etc. BGL taken and it was 3.4! Just do not know what is wrong or how to deal with this as it is now scaring me and making me less willing to go out places. Any ideas as to what the problem could be? READ MORE


  • Ann Bartlett
    Health Guide
    October 25, 2010
    Ann Bartlett
    Health Guide
    October 25, 2010

    clearly, the doctors have not figured out the problem. How frustrating for you! Are you seeing an endocrinologist?  You need to see someone who specializes in the endocrine system!  


    I asked a diabetologist friend if there were any thoughts that came to mind on this issue and the response was they need to rule out non-ketotic hypoglycemia vs ketotic hyperglycemia (usually this is seen in children).  If nothing else one more farfetched possible is insulinoma.


    Here are a couple of links to information about Ketotic hypoglycemia for an adult.



    Keep us posted!  I would love to know what they discover!  

    • whyme
      November 08, 2010
      November 08, 2010

      Thank you for that information.


      I saw an Endocronologist and they did tests for Addisons Disease. I was told that the blood levels then were 2.9, 3.4 and 4.2, so they are not concerned about the blood sugar levels - however, I understood from one of the nurses that was doing the testing that they could not do a glucose tolerance test because the stuff used for the Addisons test has glucose in, so now concerned that the readings may be false.


      I then was told by the endocronologist that there are people who have low blood sugar and they never know why and I would just have to accept that I was one of those people.


      I asked the gastroentorologist if the frequent bowel movements could be casuing the low blood sugar - he referred me to the dietician. When I saw the dietician, she told me that I was reactive hypoglaceamic and that this would be controlled via my diet so have to eat more carbohydrates and startchy ones.

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