Low Blood Sugar or Thyrotoxicosis

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Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, triggers the very same adrenaline rush reaction that can occur in a panic attack. Low blood sugar can be measured, and a reading below 50 mg/dl (or in Canada, 3.5 mmol/L) is considered too low. But many people assume they suffer from "low blood sugar" even when their blood sugar levels are normal because they feel shaky and irritable when hungry, which is relieved by food. In fact, the common feature to panic attacks and true hypoglycemic attacks is a rapid activation of the adrenergic system (adrenaline release), the same system enhanced by thyrotoxicosis. In this way, thyrotoxicosis can be confused for both panic attacks and hypoglycemia. Treatment of these adrenergic symptoms by beta-blockers can relieve most of these symptoms, and correction of the underlying thyrotoxicosis relieves the rest of them.

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