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When To Call A Professional

Call for emergency medical assistance whenever anyone is unconscious or obviously disoriented. Severe insulin reactions can be fatal, so it is important to seek treatment immediately.

People with diabetes should contact their doctors promptly if they experience frequent episodes of hypoglycemia. They may need to adjust their daily doses of insulin, oral hypoglycemic medication or their meal plans.

Nondiabetic people who experience symptoms of hypoglycemia should contact their doctors for evaluation of the problem.


In people with diabetes, the outlook is excellent if they follow their prescribed insulin dosage, recommended diet and exercise guidelines.

Most patients with insulinomas can have them removed successfully by surgery. However, in about 15% of these patients, the insulinoma is cancerous and has spread, so it cannot be removed completely. These patients may still suffer from hypoglycemia after surgery.

Most patients with other forms of hypoglycemia can be treated successfully with changes in diet.

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National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Disorders Office of Communications and Public Liaison Building 31, Room 9A04 31 Center Drive, MSC 2560 Bethesda, MD 20892-2560 Phone: (301) 496-4000 E-Mail: niddk_inquiries@nih.gov http://www.niddk.nih.gov/

American Diabetes Association ATTN: National Call Center 1701 N. Beauregard St. Alexandria, VA 22311 Toll-Free: (800) 342-2383 E-Mail: askada@diabetes.org http://www.diabetes.org/

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