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From Montreal, Quebec, Canada:

My seven year old daughter has severe mood and energy swings which seem to be related to when and what she eats (e.g., a couple hours after lunch, she will 'droop' and say she is not feeling well -- a snack perks her right up). Her doctor suspects hypoglycemia and has asked that I monitor blood glucose levels with a home monitor, but I recently read they are not accurate and won't really tell us much. What do you recommend be done to determine if she has hypoglycemia?

Answer:

There are very formal and some not-so-formal ways of determining hypoglycemia. Personally, I employ the approach that has been recommended to you. After all, if you wish to know whether or not your child is experiencing low blood sugar as a cause of her "spells", then you should measure her blood glucose during the episode. Granted, it is a screening test and not definitive, but if the glucose levels are smack-dab normal during the episodes, it is a safe bet the "spells" are not due to low glucose.

The monitors do have limits, especially for very low readings or even very high readings, and you have to use the monitor correctly, but for the purposes that you describe, I think that you will likely get good information. Be sure that your doctor's office staff, a pharmacist, or a diabetes nurse educator, instructs you well in using the meter and the strips. I'd recommend a meter that measures "whole blood glucose" and has a down-loadable memory for this project.

DS

DTQ-20010430211436
Original posting 7 May 2001
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms and Hypoglycemia

  
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