Functional hypoglycemia is the excessive production of insulin by the pancreas, which causes low blood sugar. This is not a disease and is often misdiagnosed. It is not a common medical condition except in diabetic patients.
Causes of Hypoglycemia, Functional
Functional hypoglycemia probably results when the pancreas produces too much insulin. This is in response to sugars and other carbohydrates, heavy exercise, pregnancy or unknown causes. The following drugs may decrease blood-sugar levels in some persons: tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, aspirin, sulfonurea medications, phenformin, haloperidol, propoxyphene, chlorpromazine, propranolol, pentamidine, disopyramide. Other uncommon causes are tumor in the pancreas and chronic renal failure.
Signs and Symptoms of Hypoglycemia, Functional
Symptoms include: weakness,faintness, sweating, excessive hunger, nervousness, trembling hands, headache, confusion, personality changes, seizures (sometimes), heartbeat irregularities (rare), and loss of consciousness (rare).
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Medical Content Last Updated on 07/12/2008
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