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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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Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I have hypoglycemia and by itself, taken care of, it's not usually a big deal. My doctor warned me against eating sugary things - like candy bars and cookies- to balance my blood sugar when the symptoms manifest as that will heighten my risk for diabetes in the long run ... instead, I will eat protein rich foods like nuts or jerky. I do have to eat at certain times and pay attention when the small symptoms start to avoid a full blown attack. She has enough resources that she should be fine if she's diligent about taking care of it, like any other condition.
ilove2ski ilove2ski 9 years
this is sad. poor girl
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
My mother is hypoglycemic. If she eats too much sugar, she gets drunk from it, literally. she is giggly and silly, and gets real warm. she can't drink alcohol. Also, she must take snacks with her when she goes out. When she gets sick from say a virus, it is hard for her because she can't eat right, so then she gets sick from the hypoglycemia and is poor shape. she can't drive a car or days until she gets herself back under control. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
yogini yogini 9 years
She should eat small and frequent meals. I can get hypoglycemia symptoms as well, even though my blood sugar levels are clinically "normal". This confuses the heck out of doctors. I just eat frequently and balanced diet.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Hmmm, yeah, maybe if she tried *gasp* eating something, she wouldn't have this condition!
amyfinke amyfinke 9 years
not surprised after reading this from the mayo clinic's website: Long-term starvation, as may occur in the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, can result in the depletion of substances your body needs in gluconeogenesis, causing hypoglycemia.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 9 years
Let's hope we see her order food at all! Why is it not surprising that someone who is anorexic-thin has low blood sugar?
vrico2005 vrico2005 9 years
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Hmm, a symptom is blurred vision, eh? Is THAT why she was driving on the wrong side of the street in LA? EAT SOMETHING you twig!
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
when i was little doctors thought i was hypoglycemic, so when ever I started to feel dizzy I had to go to the nurse's office and drink like a slimfast shake or something with enough calories. I still get dizzy fits, but not as much anymore. You just can't go without eating for like 4 or 5 hours or you'll start to get dizzy again.
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