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Hypoglycemia diagnosis


Hypoglycemia diagnosis can be done in one or more of several ways. Please consider though, that it ought to be done by a medical professional who has the proper tools and information to make such a diagnosis.


If the person's overall health is still good, and symptoms of hypoglycemia are not particularly strong, then diet modification may be sufficient to take care of the situation. This also requires that the individual be able to fast during the night. A blood glucose meter may be used by the person in order to check at certain times to see whether his blood sugar actually is low.

Diagnostic fast

This diagnostic method is generally done at a hospital, and is frequently recommended in cases where the symptoms of the supposed hypoglycemia are more severe. In a healthy, non-hypoglycemic adult, it is usually possible for him to keep a blood glucose level of higher than 50 mg/dl over a 72 hour fast. It can be inconvenient and costly, but in the case of some forms of hypoglycemia, it may be the best way to either confirm or reject a potential diagnosis.

Oral glucose tolerance test

Although previously used, it is no longer held in as high regard for hypoglycemia testing purposes. A major reason for this is that studies have shown that even healthy individuals can have blood sugar dip below 60 during a prolonged test, which lasts up to 5 hours. Additionally, many kinds of hypoglycemia may be undetected using such a test.

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