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Observations on Ethanol-induced Hypoglycemia.

James B. Field, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_1):332. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-332_1
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Hypoglycemia observed following ingestion of ethanolic beverages has frequently been attributed to nonethanol ingredients. Study of one such patient and normal control subjects demonstrates that ethanol itself produces hypoglycemia in association with fasting or poor nutrition. Fasting 44 hours followed by 30 to 45 ml of 95% ethanol diluted to 400 ml with water orally invariably produced hypoglycemia over the ensuing 2 to 3 hours. Blood sugars as low as 25 mg/100 ml were obtained. Changes in serum transaminase were not produced. Similar amounts of alcohol did not produce hypoglycemia after an overnight fast nor inhibit the hyperglycemic response to


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