Does moderate hypoglycemia affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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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