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Insulin Reaction (cont.)

Insulin Reaction Symptoms

The symptoms of an insulin reaction are due to decreased brain cell function because of lack of glucose within the bloodstream. The longer the hypoglycemia persists, the more severe the symptoms.

Mild Symptoms of Insulin Reaction

  • dizziness

  • irritability

  • hunger

  • shakiness

  • sweating

  • rapid heartbeat

Moderate Symptoms of Insulin Reaction

  • confusion

  • headache

  • poor coordination

Severe Symptoms of Insulin Reaction

  • unconsciousness

  • seizures

  • coma

  • stroke like symptoms

  • hypothermia (low body temperature) may occur if the hypoglycemia persists for a prolonged period of time

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In the 1930s, Somogyi speculated that hypoglycemia induced by insulin could cause a counter-regulatory hormone response that produces hyperglycemia.

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