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Does glucose cause hypoglycemia?

In some situations, yes. Glucose is a natural sugar present in food. In the body, it provides cells with energy. When food is eaten, the nutrients (including glucose) are absorbed into the blood. The presence of glucose in the blood stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin. The insulin facilitates the transport of glucose from the blood into the cells where it is used. When the blood glucose level starts to fall, the liver is stimulated to produce and secrete new glucose to bring the level back up to normal. If too much of the glucose goes into cells without being replaced, then the glocose blood level could fall too much, resulting in hypoglycemia.

Among the symptoms of hypoglycemia are: 

  • Hunger
  • Shakiness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Feeling anxious or weak

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