Exercise-induced hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia

What is exercise induced hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia?

Exercise induced hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia is characterized by a sudden and exaggerated spike in insulin and drop in blood sugar levels. The condition is triggered by vigorous exercise. Signs and symptoms include fainting (syncope), shakiness, nervousness, sweating, dizziness or light-headedness, sleepiness, confusion, difficulty speaking, anxiety, and weakness.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might exercise induced hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia be treated?

There is limited information regarding the treatment of exercise induced hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. The following treatments were effective in treating individual patients:

Diazoxide therapy (a drug that lowers insulin production)
Diazoxide therapy and partial pancreatectomy (surgical removal of a portion of the pancreas)
Exercise avoidance

Last updated on 05-01-20

What are some other causes of breathlessness and exercise intolerance?

Breathlessness and exercise intolerance can have many causes. These symptoms could be a sign of an undiagnosed heart or lung condition/abnormality, exercise-induced bronchospasm, or exercise-induced asthma. To know for certain the cause of your student's symptoms we strongly recommend that he/she speak with his/her healthcare provider.

Last updated on 05-01-20


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