what do doctors prescribe or tell you to do if you have hypoglycemia?

is that the same thing as diabetes? I was doing research on diabetes in general, and i have almost all of the symptoms….

(weakness, numbness, my legs fall asleep at least 4 -7 times throughout the day, i can never get enough to drink, by the time i drink, my mouth is dry again, i have extremely blurred vision it looks like i am looking through fog,I pee a lot, at least every 45 minutes, )

my friend was joking 'i think you have diabetes'

but now i am scared, I want to go to the doctor and get tested to put my mind at ease, but someone told me that they will not test everyone. I don't want to waste my time if they wont test. Also, i am 17. i don't know how to tell my dad i want to be tested for diabetes. can anyone help me? thanks.

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  • **Anti-PeTA** March 23, 2009, 5:07 am

    Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)
    What is hypoglycemia?
    Hypoglycemia is a condition characterized by a glucose (blood sugar) level that is too low to effectively fuel the body's blood cells. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. According to the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the good range of blood sugar is approximately 60 to 120 mg/dL (milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood). Blood sugar levels under 60 mg/dL are too low and are considered unhealthy.

    Hypoglycemia may be a condition by itself, or may be a complication of diabetes or another disorder. It is most often seen as a complication of diabetes, which is sometimes referred to as insulin reaction.

    What causes hypoglycemia?
    Causes of hypoglycemia in people with diabetes may include the following:

    too much medication
    a missed meal
    a delayed meal
    too little food eaten as compared to the amount of insulin taken
    Other causes of hypoglycemia are rare, but may occur in early pregnancy, after strenuous exercise, or during prolonged fasting. Hypoglycemia may also result from taking certain medications, abusing alcohol, or other rare causes.

    What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia?
    The following are the most common symptoms of hypoglycemia. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. The symptoms include:

    shakiness
    dizziness
    sweating
    hunger
    headache
    irritability
    pale skin color
    sudden moodiness or behavior changes, such as crying for no apparent reason
    clumsy or jerky movements
    difficulty paying attention, or confusion
    tingling sensations around the mouth
    The symptoms of hypoglycemia may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

    How is hypoglycemia diagnosed?
    In addition to a complete medical history and physician examination, certain blood tests are used to diagnose hypoglycemia.

    When a person with diabetes has symptoms of hypoglycemia, then the cause is usually diagnosed as a complication of diabetes, or insulin reaction. It is often the result of the causes listed above.

    For those who have symptoms of hypoglycemia and do not have diabetes, the disorder is diagnosed by:

    measuring blood glucose levels while the person is experiencing the symptoms.
    observing that the symptoms are relieved when the person eats food with a high content of sugar.
    Laboratory tests to measure insulin production may also be performed.

    Treatment for hypoglycemia:
    Specific treatment for hypoglycemia will be determined by your physician based on:

    your age, overall health, and medical history
    extent of the condition
    your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
    expectations for the course of the condition
    your opinion or preference
    For persons with diabetes, the goal of treatment is to maintain a blood sugar level that is appropriate for each individual. This involves testing blood sugar often, learning to recognize the oncoming symptoms, and treating the condition quickly, based on prior instructions from the physician.

    To treat low blood sugar immediately, you should eat or drink something that has sugar in it, such as orange juice, milk, or a hard candy.

    For people who do not have diabetes, treatment (as directed by a physician) may include:

    avoiding foods high in carbohydrates
    eating smaller meals more frequently
    frequent snacks
    eating a variety of healthy foods
    regular exercise