Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Low Glucose Underlying Cause

The most common cause of hypoglycemia is treatment with insulin or oral medication for diabetes. These medications reduce glucose levels in the bloodstream.

The cause of hypoglycemia in those with diabetes includes:

  • The dose of insulin or other diabetes medication is too high:
  • Missed or skipped meals
  • Changing the diet:
    • Reducing the number of calories in the diet
  • Increasing the level of physical activity without a corresponding increase in calorie intake.

Additional causes for hypoglycemia in those who do not have diabetes include:

Continue to Low Glucose Types

Last Updated: Feb 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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