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Nicole Richie Diagnosed with Hypoglycemia: What's That?

Nicole Richie Diagnosed with Hypoglycemia: What's That?

Nicole Richie has been having a tough time of late, especially with her health. While shooting episodes for the 5th Season of The Simple Life with her buddy Paris Hilton, she has been fainting and passing out. YIKES!!! The good news is she now knows the reason for her extreme dips in energy. It is being reported that Nicole has been diagnosed with hypoglycemia.


Ok, so what is hypoglycemia? The National Diabetes Information site explains it like this:

Hypoglycemia, also called low blood sugar, occurs when your blood glucose (blood sugar) level drops too low to provide enough energy for your body's activities.

Although hypoglycemia is often associated with diabetes a wide variety of conditions, many of them rare, can cause low blood sugar in people without diabetes. Often, it is an indicator of a larger health problem. Which has me worried for Nicole.

Since your brain needs sugar to function, having low blood sugar can leave you confused, give you double vision or make speaking difficult. The most common symptoms, however, are: dizziness or light-headedness, hunger, nervousness and shakiness, perspiration, and sleepiness.

The best way to diagnose hypoglycemia is by a blood sample. Two types of hypoglycemia can occur in people who do not have diabetes: reactive (postprandial, or after meals) and fasting (postabsorptive). Reactive hypoglycemia is not usually related to any underlying disease; fasting hypoglycemia often is. People with hypoglycemia are usually advised to follow a healthy eating plan recommended by a registered dietitian. The glycemic index can be used as a tool for trying to understand how food affects blood sugar levels.

Nicole is "taking steps to manage" her hypoglycemia and hopefully this will help keep her on her feet and healthy. Some suggest eating a diet high in protein and low in carbs can help, so hopefully we will see her ordering a steak soon.

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