Uncommon Causes of Hypoglycemia

If your lows are baffling, consider these possible triggers
By Erika Gebel, PhD
The shaky, sweaty, super-unpleasant symptoms of hypoglycemia may seem even worse if you can’t pinpoint what caused the low blood glucose. You ate the same, you exercised the same, you took the same medication doses, so what could it be? Well, there are other possibilities. While these less common hypoglycemia triggers may not be on the tip of your tongue, they deserve consideration if you’ve gone down the list of usual suspects and still can’t identify the culprit.

Tip No. 1, according to Belinda Childs, APRN, MN, BC-ADM, CDE, director of clinical and research services at Mid-America Diabetes Associates, is that “having a low isn’t reason to panic.” The key is to start doing some detective work to see if you can find the cause of a low. “If you can identify that common thing, then you try to prevent it next time,” she says. “If you are having lots of lows, you are going to want to increase blood glucose monitoring. If you start developing patterns or notice an increase in the frequency of lows, that’s when you’ve got to start looking at the less common triggers.”

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