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Diagnostic Tests for Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia: Diagnostic Tests

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Hypoglycemia includes:

  • Blood glucose test
  • Successful response to sugar

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Hypoglycemia:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Hypoglycemia:

To diagnose hypoglycemia in people who do not have diabetes, the doctor looks for the following three conditions:

  • The patient complains of symptoms of hypoglycemia
  • Blood glucose levels are measured while the person is experiencing those symptoms and found to be 45 mg/dL or less in a woman or 55 mg/dL or less in a man
  • The symptoms are promptly relieved upon ingestion of sugar.
For many years, the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was used to diagnose hypoglycemia. Experts now realize that the OGTT can actually trigger hypoglycemic symptoms in people with no signs of the disorder. For a more accurate diagnosis, experts now recommend that blood sugar be tested at the same time a person is experiencing hypoglycemic symptoms.

The doctor will also check the patient for health conditions such as diabetes, obtain a medication history, and assess the degree and severity of the patient's symptoms. Laboratory tests to measure insulin production and levels of C-peptide (a substance that the pancreas releases into the bloodstream in equal amounts to insulin) may be performed. (Source: excerpt from Hypoglycemia: NIDDK)

Diagnosis of Hypoglycemia: medical news summaries:

The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis of Hypoglycemia:

 

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