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From Ohio:

I just read an article that mentioned "Whipple's Triad." It had something to do with diabetes. What is Whipple's Triad?

According to Whipple's Triad, in order to document low blood sugar, one should have:

  • Appropriate symptoms (such as hungry, headachey, sweaty, shaky, grouchy feelings)
  • Documented low blood sugar reading
  • Appropriate relief from appropriate therapy (sugar should cause relief of symptoms within a half hour).

One might add another point, also:

  • Failure to respond to placebo therapy (that is, the patient shouldn't get better with something without calories, like diet soda pop)


Original posting 7 Apr 96


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