REACTIVE / FUNCTIONAL HYPOGLYCEMIA QUIZ
Reactive / Functional Hypoglycemia: Do You Have It?
The quiz is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding hypoglycemia or any other medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. Hopefully, what you learn here can help you realize potential symptoms of hypoglycemia and prepare you for a more informed discussion with a qualified healthcare provider.
If you have the condition provided in the spaces provided below, please score:
(1) if mild (2) if moderate (3) if severe
If you do not have the condition, leave it blank.
The accuracy of this questionnaire depends upon complete honesty and serious objective thought in answering the questions.
Taking can give an unpredictable effect and therefore it is worth checking with the doctor the dose and contraindication.
(Many of these symptoms may relate to other health problems, for example, if medications are missed or delayed).
You may also choose to print this quiz here and score.
____Abnormal craving for sweets, pastries, cake, etc.
____Crave starches (pasta, potatoes, bread, crackers, white rice, popcorn, etc.)
____Need coffee/caffeine to start morning
____Crave coffee / caffeine in afternoons
____Drink more than three cups of coffee or cola a day
____Hungry or feeling faint unless eating frequently
____Nibbling between meals because of hunger
____Eating when nervous
____Feeling faint if meal is delayed
____Fatigue relieved by eating
____Irritable before meals, “hangry”
____Getting “shaky” if hungry
____Sleepy after meals
____Symptoms of low blood sugar appear before eating
____Heart palpitations if meals are missed or delayed
____Difficulty making decisions, indecisiveness, mental confusion
____Bad dreams, nightmares
____Unable to work under pressure
____Dizziness, giddiness, or lightheadedness
____Anxiety, Fearful, Phobias
____Moods of depression, “blues” or melancholy
____Poor concentration, focus
____Forgetfulness, poor memory or ability to concentrate
____Rages or violence
____Worrying, feeling insecure
____Crying spells, crying for no apparent reason
____Allergies: tendency to asthma, hay fever, skin rash, etc.
____Awaken after a few hours sleep/difficulty getting back to sleep
____Aware of breathing heavily
____Brown spots or bronzing of skin
____Indigestion, Nausea, “Butterfly stomach,” cramps
____Severe fatigue, exhaustion, feeling tired, lack of energy, weakness
____Hand tremors (or trembles)
____Drowsy during the day
____Dizziness, fainting spells
____Night sweats, cold sweats
____Lack of sexual energy
Add the total of all answers.
A total score of less than (20) twenty may indicate you are within normal limits.
A higher score may be evidence of metabolic derangement and that reactive / functional hypoglycemia may be affecting you, indicating a need for examination by qualified medical personnel.
Correlating these symptoms with a diet-symptom diary may be a valuable next step in understanding what is driving your symptoms – and may be useful information for your health care provider. Google form: not editable (click file, save a copy, then use). Excel (.xlsx version available here for download.
I value using the HSF Reactive / Functional Hypoglycemia Quiz as part of my comprehensive psychological evaluations and in my Health and Wellness coaching. For both, I include what I call a Well Care Assessment that considers Quality of Life and nutritional impacts to an individual’s functioning. The Reactive / Functional Hypoglycemia Quiz is one important component of this brief assessment and is so helpful to my clients and to those responsible for them in identifying possible contributions to their symptoms, and has assisted me in clarifying diagnoses and in making meaningful and relevant recommendations. I am so thankful to have use of it – and for the benefit to my clients.