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Tue Nov 13 22:09:53 UTC 2012

3 hour glucose test(not pregnant) by the end I almost passed out and could not think at all
Asked By: holliister  
Category: Prediabetes

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I have been struggling with what I thought was hypoglycemia for almost 15 years. Today I was finally given a 3 hour test and at first I was a little woozy * i guess from the sugar rush * but by the third hour I was miserable. I could not think, things were spinning and I almost passed out. Even after I ate I was still bad off for at least another hour and a half. Will my glucose test be able to show this or is it only for checking high levels? I am miserable and I cannot keep my sugar up anymore for more than 2 hours. I just want to make sure that this would actually throw up flags for my doctor because my Ac1 is normal. They called me 3 hours after the test but I missed the call and cannot call back to morning. What would the next steps be? How do you help control hypoglycemia?
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2012-12-02 13:16:42.0

Hello holliister
Thank you for bringing your question to dLife. Hypoglycemia does put a person at high risk for future Diabetes. The hypoglycemia may be indicating that the pancreas is producing more than the usual insulin in response to eating. Why? Well it is hard to say. Could your body be developing insulin resistance? Possibly. I think it was a very good idea to have you do the three hour glucose tolerance test. This will give your provider much information as to how your body reacted to a known carbohydrate load. This test, along with a complete metabolic chemistry and an insulin level can clue your doctor into how your body is metabolizing your meals.

Hypoglycemia is best managed by eating frequently. Small meals every two or three hours will help you maintain a normal glucose level. Exercise is great too but try to exercise at the same intensity everyday so you can best determine how much food you will need to prevent lows.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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2012-12-07 10:38:29.0

I have also found it helpful with some patients to avoid eating concentrated sweets. These seem to cause a rapid spike in blood sugar which contributes to hyperinsulinemia(excessive production of insulin) which then causes yet another low blood sugar.
Answered By: jcolville

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