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From Placerville,California, USA:

A non-diabetic friend passed out the other day when drinking. When she was found, her blood sugar was 10 mg/dl [0.6 mmol/L]. Does alcohol cause low blood sugar? If a non-diabetic passes out and has a severely low blood sugar, can I administer glucagon to them?


Yes, alcohol can cause decreased output of glucose by the liver in non-diabetic patients. She must have had a lot of alcohol to get that effect. Glucagon may help overcome the drug effect of the alcohol to prevent glucose output by the liver.


Original posting 12 Mar 2006
Posted to Hypoglycemia and Other


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