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Ariana Grande Suffers From Hypoglycemia, Not Eating Disorder

May be Related to Diabetes; Involves Low Blood Sugar

arianagrande front Ariana Grande Suffers From Hypoglycemia, Not Eating Disorder

Ariana Grande says she suffers from hypoglycemia, but does not have an eating disorder.

Ariana Grande, who plays Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom “Victorious,” has been bombarded by so many eating disorder rumors she finally denied having “health problems,” although she admitted losing “some weight” last year and revealed she is hypoglycemic.

Grande, 19, a talented singer and dancer who debuted on Broadway when she was 15, said recent reports about alleged health problems were “blown out of proportion.”

“Yes, I lost a bit of weigh last year,” she acknowledged. But she said it’s only because she “stopped eating junk food and started making healthy choices.”

“The lifestyle change I chose to make last August is not, and was never, about being skinnier. I just wasn’t taking care of myself at all. I was making really poor choices.”

What Adriana Wrote on Her Blog

“I lost a bit of weight last year. It’s because I stopped eating junk food and started making healthy choices. I was happy with the way I was before and I’m still happy now! Just healthier!… But the lifestyle change I chose to make last August is not and was never about being skinnier. I just wasn’t taking care of myself at all. I was making really poor choices. This is about making sure the foods you put in your body will nourish you and be put to good use. The reason why I lost as much weight as I did is because I used to live on junk food. Like around the clock. So I drastically changed my eating habits, started exercising daily and I’m all around a healthier me. I’m eating as much as I was before just the content has changed.”

Because of her busy schedule, she said she “used to live off junk food.”

“I’ve struggled with awful hypoglycemia for my whole life and it’s improved a ton since I changed my eating habits,” she added.

The affliction is caused by an abnormally low amount of glucose in the blood, according to medical references. It’s commonly known as low blood sugar. It’s treated by raising the blood glucose level to normal by eating dextrose or carbohydrate foods.

Those suffering from hypoglycemia may also have to take injections of glucagon, just like diabetics need insulin injections because of high blood sugar.

In young adults, the most common cause of severe hypoglycemia is insulin injected to treat Type 1 diabetes. Grande did not say whether she suffers from diabetes. A variety of conditions, many of them rare, can also cause low blood sugar in people without diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Common symptoms include heart palpitations, shakiness, anxiety, sweating, hunger and a tingling sensation around the mouth. In more severe instances, double vision, seizures and fainting are possible, according to the clinic.

Usually, hypoglycemia is a symptom of some other problem, rather than an illness in its own right. Doctors recommend immediate treatment if the symptoms occur.

     
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