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February 1998 Issue

Hypoglycemia Frequently "Diagnosed" But Rarely True

Q. I'm healthy, but often feel shaky and lightheaded after eating sugar. Does this mean I'm hypoglycemic? A. Most likely, no. True hypoglycemia is an abnormally low blood sugar, below 50. That's very unusual in people without diabetes, says Mayer B. Davidson, M.D., an endocrinologist and professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, though it can also hit those who've had stomach surgery, those with rare tumors, conditions of the pituitary,

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