Reactive hypoglycemia: What causes it?
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) usually occurs while fasting.
But reactive hypoglycemia is low blood sugar that occurs after
a meal — usually one to three hours after eating. Often, the
cause of reactive hypoglycemia isn't clear.
So how does the sugar in the blood
The most common
causeof this is when a person goes
hungry for a long period of time or is in a state
of fasting. Basically the
body needs food to keep all its functions going
correctly, so if a person is fasting the body does not
have the necessary fuel and so the sugar levels
Though there are some people who
experience this state even if they are not fasting, and the
blood sugar drops irrespective of there food intake--this
condition is referred to as reactive
There has been quite a bit of research done on this subject and
many researchers and experts have come to believe that this
condition is mainly caused by the lack of a
Glucagon. This hormone is the one that is
mainly responsible for keeping the balance levels of
sugar in the blood. There are others who have a different
opinion though. Some believe this is caused
too much insulin production
, tumors in the body or being too sensitive
. The debate is still on!