Aug 16, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
Whats the difference between Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia, and how do I know if I have either or?
FirstKnight saidHypoglycemia is low blood sugar (glucose)....symptoms are light headiness, weakness, excessive sweating, mental confusion and possibly passing out....there are several causes, but the most common is a diabetic whose blood sugar drops drops too low due to using an excessive amount of diabetic medication or not eating an adequate amount of calories.. Two other causes are a rapid transit of food through the GI tract (alimentary hypoglycemia) or a pancreatic tumor that secretes insulin (insulinoma).
Hyperglycemia is an elevated blood sugar..... if the sugar is high enough this would indicated diabetes mellitus. The most common symptom is excessive thirst and urination. Weight loss can occur and there may be difficulty fighting infections.
Both are diagnosed by checking the amount of glucose in the blood.