Does moderate hypoglycemia affect children differently than adults?

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Hypoglycemia occurs in both children and adults, but different causes are more likely to affect each group. Adults, particularly those who have had diabetes for a number of years and those taking sulfonylurea medications, may be more likely to have episodes of hypoglycemia related to their medications. In addition, people who have had diabetes for a long time may find that their ability to notice symptoms of mild hypoglycemia is reduced, therefore making it more likely that hypoglycemia could become moderate or severe.

In children, the cause of hypoglycemia is more likely to be problems producing substances needed for proper digestion and use of sugar in the body. It is most common in newborns; it may be from errors of metabolism, hyperinsulinemia or hypopituitarism; later in life, ketotic hypoglycemia or insulin-producing pancreatic tumor may be the cause.

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Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is when your body does not release glucose stored in your liver to raise your blood sugar. This is your body's main source of energy. The brain needs sugar to do its job properly. So signs that your blood sugar level ...

is too low can include dizziness, being easily confused, having blurred or double vision, and passing out. Hypoglycemia isn't a disease. It indicates another health problem, and is most often caused by side effects from diabetes medications. Other causes of hypoglycemia include kidney and liver illnesses, eating disorders and drinking a lot of alcohol without eating. Eating or drinking something with carbohydrates can help raise the blood sugar and stop the symptoms. You can also take glucose pills. If you pass out, it's important to get immediate medical treatment.
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