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What are the symptoms of non-diabetic hypoglycemia?

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The symptoms of non-diabetic hypoglycemia include hunger, shakiness, drowsiness, anxiety, dizziness, confusion or nervousness, sweating, irritability, trouble speaking and weakness, according to the Hormone Health Network. Beta blockers, a common medication prescribed for high blood pressure and rapid heartbeat, make it difficult to notice the symptoms of hypoglycemia before they become severe, according to the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

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According to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, causes of low blood sugar include pregnancy, stress, intense exercise, eating simple carbohydrates, binge drinking, fatigue, a poor diet and some illnesses.

The two types of nondiabetic hypoglycemia are reactive hypoglycemia and fasting hypoglycemia, according to Drugs.com. Reactive hypoglycemia happens when blood glucose levels spike sharply and then fall in response to a high carbohydrate meal. This type occurs two to four hours after eating. Fasting hypoglycemia happens when blood glucose levels drop in response to fasting eight or more hours.

People who have issues with low blood sugar should eat a diet consisting of 50 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats and 20 percent proteins, according to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, along with swapping simple carbohydrates for complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are foods such as whole-wheat bread, oats, brown rice, beans and peas, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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