Hypoglycemia Without Diabetes

Hypoglycemia Without Diabetes

In the 1980s I was teaching an evening math class in a summer session at a community college. I had a student who told me she had hypoglycemic episodes, but she did not have diabetes. I gave a math test one evening, and she had low blood sugar. I agreed to give her a make-up test at a later date. She wanted to take the test on a weekend, and I found that she did not live very far from my house. I scheduled the test at my house on a Sunday afternoon. She knocked on our door, and she was sweating. It was a very hot summer day. I did not realize that she did not have transportation, and she had walked about two miles from her home. She took the test, but she had low blood sugar. I don’t think she would have been able to walk home, so I drove her to her house. We compared our conditions. Her pancreas was overactive, and it produced too much insulin to compensate for anything that she ate that contained sugar. She avoided food with sugar. She could not use sugar when she had a hypo since that would cause her pancreas to produce too much insulin, and her blood sugar would drop even lower. Her diet consisted of a lot of protein, and food that had slower acting carbs. I was very sorry for her, and I did everything I could to help her through the summer session.

The link below gives more information about hypoglycemia, without diabetes.

“Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when the sugar levels in your blood are too low. Many people think of hypoglycemia as something that only occurs in people with diabetes. However, it can also occur in people who don’t have diabetes.
If you don’t have diabetes, hypoglycemia can happen if your body can’t stabilize your blood sugar levels. It can also happen after meals if your body produces too much insulin. Hypoglycemia in people who don’t have diabetes is less common than hypoglycemia that occurs in people who have diabetes or related conditions.”


You exactly described a relative of mine.

We were able to temporarily get her onto a Dexcom for a few weeks which provided a significant level of insight which aided her greatly in discussions with her Doc.


When I think about the amazing number of processes that go on in the body, I am humbled. Having a condition like hypoglycemia that couldn’t be treated with sugar would be tough. Perhaps they could give a touch of glucagon for the testing.

While my son having diabetes isn’t a walk in the park, we are blessed in that it is so manageable. Thanks for posting @Richard157


We actually did this with a mini-dose. Our thought was the response might help to show whether or not the liver was responding (at least to the glucagon) as expected. The response looked typical to us.


one of my best friend’s mom has this. She would make us treats, and never eat them-- she always had to eat things with lots of protein and fat.

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I experienced occasional hypoglycemic episodes throughout my early childhood (my earliest memories are from pre-school) but we really didn’t know what it was until after my Type 1 diagnosis as a teenager when I experienced it as a diabetic.

It was an epiphany of sorts.

I used to describe it to my parents as “feeling hot and cold” before we knew it was low blood sugar…