Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
March 13, 2002
Research: Causes and Prevention
Question from Nutley, New Jersey, USA:
I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia two years ago, which resulted from my body's inability to produce cortisol or carnitine to regulate the release of insulin after I ate. My blood sugars seem to be in the low normal range with a regular eating pattern, but they often go out of range (anywhere from 40-180 mg/dl [2.2-10 mmol/L]) Could this possibly lead to my developing diabetes later in life?
I am not sure. If you have Addison’s disease (adrenal insufficiency) and are on replacement, this should take care of the problem. If not, I am not sure if this is a usual cause of reactive hypoglycemia or a more special type of problem.
There is a concern that hypoglycemia may lead to type 2 diabetes, and that the lows are the result of dysregulation of insulin secretion. I am not sure that particular concept has been rigorously studied in people.