ZocdocAnswersWhat could cause low blood sugar when you do not have diabetes?

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What could cause low blood sugar when you do not have diabetes?

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Thank you for your question. I recommend that you speak with your doctor. While diabetes and other versions of that, including pre-diabetic states, can be some of the factors that affect blood sugar, they are not the only reasons that people have high and low blood sugar. The pancreas is very involved in the regulation of glucose (sugar) in the body. It secretes many hormones, among them insulin, which control the levels of blood sugar at any given time. It does this in response to levels of sugar in the blood stream. As you can imagine, the levels of sugar in the blood stream are affected by how much sugar is taken up by the cells in the body. All of this is quite complicated, but can be monitored with simple testing in the right situation. A visit to your doctor will be valuable to help establish what testing you may need to have done to explain the reasons for your low blood sugar and to determine if you are at risk of having similar problems in the future. An endocrinologist is the specialist who may be able to offer the most specific advice and direction. Please speak with your doctor.

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