Hypoglycemia

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Exogenous Hypoglycemia
  • Factitious Hypoglycemia
  • Fasting Hypoglycemia
  • Iatrogenic Hypoglycemia
  • Infantile Hypoglycemia
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Neonatal Hypoglycemia
  • Reactive Functional Hypoglycemia
  • Reactive Hypoglycemia, Secondary to Mild Diabetes
  • Spontaneous Hypoglycemia
  • Tachyalimentation Hypoglycemia

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Hypoglycemia is a common condition characterized by an abnormally low blood sugar (glucose) level. Glucose is an important fuel for the body. A low level of glucose in the blood (hypoglycemia) produces symptoms such as tiredness, weakness, shakiness, paleness, confusion and dizziness.

In many cases, hypoglycemia occurs as a complication of diabetes treatment. As a result, it is important for people with diabetes to learn to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia and know what to do when those symptoms occur.

Insulin is the hormone produced in the pancreas that regulates the metabolism of sugar. Since hypoglycemia may be an indication that there is too much insulin in the blood, the condition is sometimes called an insulin reaction.

Occasionally, hypoglycemia may indicate the presence of underlying disease, including inherited metabolic disorders. It may also occur as a result taking certain medications, including some that are not for diabetes.

Resources

NIH/National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
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Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
Tel: (301)654-3810
Fax: (301)907-8906
Tel: (800)891-5389
Email: nddic@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
Tel: (301)654-3810
Fax: (301)496-7422
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

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