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From Lancashire, UK:

I am trying to find information on pseudohypoglycemia.

Answer:

Pseudohypoglycemia is a term that has been used to describe the situation where a patient experiences symptoms similar to hypoglycemia but doesn't have a low blood sugar. These symptoms are related to release of the stress hormone epinephrine, which causes the same symptoms of anxiety, sweating, tremor, pallor, nausea, and rapid heart beat, whether the epinephrine is being released due to low sugar, or due to other causes.

Such symptoms can, of course, occur in anybody who has a high-stress situation which causes the release of epinephrine, but in people with diabetes, it's particularly important to recognize when to treat the symptoms with sugar (if the blood sugar is documented to be low), and when to consider that maybe the situation is due to a stressor, and (if the blood sugar is normal), no treatment with sugar is to be recommended.

By the way, a search of PubMed found six articles that mentioned the term.

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Original posting 29 Aug 1998
Posted to Hypoglycemia

  
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