Reactive Hypoglycemia Following Gastric Bypass Surgery

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  • Reactive Hypoglycemia Following Gastric Bypass Surgery
    The benefits of bariatric surgery are impressive. It is an effective
    approach for addressing obesity as well as the accompanying health risks
    associated with obesity
    . Weight loss can alleviate or minimize health
    issues, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep
    apnea, and cardiovascular problems.

    Overall, bariatric procedures have been shown to decrease the mortality
    rate in the obese population
    . As the popularity of the procedure has
    increased in the last decade, so has the rate of complications. Among
    these complications is reactive hypoglycemia. 

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    What Is Reactive Hypoglycemia?
    Reactive hypoglycemia is one of two types of hypoglycemia that can occur
    in people who do not have diabetes. Reactive hypoglycemia is also called
    postprandial hypoglycemia and occurs within four hours after meals.

    Most people who develop the condition have had their digestive tract or
    digestive system damaged
    from some type of surgery. This condition
    causes blood sugar levels to drop after a meal due to an increase of
    insulin production in the digestive tract or the body. So much of the
    hormone is released into the blood stream that the distribution of
    glucose to body cells increases to the point that the available blood
    sugar becomes depleted. Too much insulin in a glucose depleted system
    creates a hormonal imbalance known as hypoglycemic state.

    Symptoms of Reactive Hypoglycemia
    The symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia will present in the aforementioned four-hour window after meals. The illness can be difficult to diagnose because other illnesses have similar symptoms, although blood testing will produce an accurate identification.

    Symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia include hunger or nausea, weakness,
    anxiety, clammy hands and sweating, dizziness, headaches, sleepiness,
    mental confusion, irritability and mood swings. All of these symptoms
    are indicative of low blood sugar. 

    What To Do
    Mealtime changes can normally keep blood glucose levels under control
    and prevent the symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia.

    Eating five or six small meals per day can help, whereas going too
    long without eating can bring on unwanted symptoms. High fiber and low
    glycemic index foods can help keep blood glucose levels in check.
    High fiber foods include lentils, dried beans, peas and whole grains.
    Plenty of fluids should be consumed if the amount of fiber in your diet
    is increased. Low glycemic index foods include lentils, kidney beans,
    chickpeas, apples, plums and oranges.

    Protein foods should be had at each meal and as snacks and include meat,
    poultry, fish, eggs, dried peas, tofu, peanut butter, milk, yogurt and
    Sweet foods such as juice, sugar, jam, candies and honeys should be
    limited or avoided, as should alcohol. Some conversation with a doctor
    should be had regarding alcohol use.

    Caffeine should be avoided altogether because it can make symptoms
    worse. Talk with your doctor if you're experencing hypoglycemia.


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    Glycemia 101
    Keck School of Medicine of USC
    National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
    National Institute of Health

Published On: March 21, 2014