What are the signs and symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia?
This is different from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that occurs while fasting. Signs and symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia may include hunger, weakness, shakiness, sleepiness, sweating, lightheadedness and anxiety.
Can you have reactive hypoglycemia without actually having low blood sugar?
It’s possible to have symptoms that are similar to reactive hypoglycemia without actually having low blood sugar. True reactive hypoglycemia symptoms that are caused by low blood sugar occurring after eating are uncommon.
What is postprandial hypoglycemia?
What can I do for my symptoms? Reactive hypoglycemia (postprandial hypoglycemia) refers to low blood sugar that occurs after a meal — usually within four hours after eating. This is different from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that occurs while fasting.
How is hypoglycemia elicited in the research setting?
In the research setting, the disorder can easily be elicited with the oral glucose tolerance test. However, to establish clinical relevance, the hypoglycemia needs documentation in the home setting with measurements of blood glucose during a postpradial symptomatic episode.
What is a medical evaluation for hypoglycemia?
Generally, a medical evaluation is done to learn if symptoms are caused by low blood sugar and if so, whether symptoms get better when blood sugar returns to normal. Additional testing may need to be done if you have more-serious symptoms. Reactive hypoglycemia usually doesn’t require medical treatment.
How can I manage reactive hypoglycemia at home?
Most people don’t need medical treatment to manage reactive hypoglycemia. Instead, there are changes you can make at home. Often changing your diet can help your symptoms. Eat small meals and snacks about every 3 hours. Choose a variety of foods including protein (meat and nonmeat), fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and whole grains.