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From Columbus, Ohio, USA:

One evening, about three hours after supper, my 12 year old daughter was very sleepy and cranky, and complained of a severe headache so we checked a blood sugar which was 37 mg/dl [2.1 mmol/L]. Since then, we have been checking it periodically throughout the day (mostly when she gets that "yucky" feeling) and have gotten readings of 53-124 mg/dl [2.9-6.9 mmol/L], with most being 70-90 mg/dl [3.8-5 mmol/L]. The highest reading was about 30 minutes after a big carb meal.

She has been following a hypoglycemic diet, which I am sure keeps it from falling too low. We have a family history of diabetes on both sides, and my husbands levels have been in the 50s mg/dl [2.8 mmol/L] a few times, so he may have hypoglycemia.

We do not have health insurance, but I have applied for Healthy Start on the advice of the doctor. What is your opinion on continuing to see specialists? Since it has been staying up, am I worrying too much? I don't want to put her through unnecessary testing.


It would be more appropriate to review this situation with your daughter's pediatrician rather than going straight to a specialist. Your pediatrician will best be able to direct you to any testing or specialty care that may be necessary to help your daughter.


Original posting 30 May 2002
Posted to Hypoglycemia


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