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The American Dietetic Association
National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics
216 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-366-1655 or 312-899-0040

The American Dietetic Association is a professional organization for registered dietitians. It publishes a variety of materials for patient and professional education and supports an information and referral service for the general public.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International
120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005-4001
212-785-9500 or 800-JDF-CURE
Fax: 212-785-9595

The JDF is a private, voluntary organization that promotes research and public education in diabetes, primarily insulin-dependent diabetes. Local chapters, located across the country, are listed in telephone directories or can be found by contacting the national office.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
1 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3560

The NDIC is a service of NIDDK. The clearinghouse distributes a variety of diabetes-related materials to the public and to health professionals.

Additional Readings

Bennion, L. J. Hypoglycemia: A diagnostic challenge. Clinical Diabetes, July/August 1985, pp. 85-90.

DCCT Research Group. Epidemiology of severe hypoglycemia in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. American Journal of Medicine, vol. 90, April 1991, pp. 450-459.

Field, J. B. Hypoglycemia: Definition, clinical presentations, classifications and laboratory tests. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America, vol. 18, no. 1, March 1989.

Foster, D., & Rubenstein, A. Hypoglycemia, insulinoma, and other hormone-secreting tumors of the pancreas. In Principles of Internal Medicine. E. Braunwald, K. J. Isselbacher, R. G. Petersdorf, J. D. Wilson, J. B. Martin, & A. S. Fauci (Eds.). McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1987, pp. 1800-1807.

Metz, R. J. Is the problem hypoglycemia? Patient Care, Oct. 15, 1983, pp. 61-89.

Nelson, R. L. Oral glucose tolerance test: Indications and limitations. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, vol. 63, 1988, pp. 263-269.

Palardy, J. et al. Blood glucose measurements during symptomatic episodes in patients with suspected postprandial hypoglycemia. New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 23, 1989, pp. 1421-1425.

Service, F. J. Hypoglycemic disorders. New England Journal of Medicine, April 27, 1995, pp. 1144-1152.

Service, F. J. Hypoglycemia and the postprandial syndrome. New England Journal of Medicine (Editorial), Nov. 23, 1989, pp. 1472-1474.

Service, F. J. Hypoglycemia. In Cecil's Textbook of Medicine. J. B. Wyngaarden & L. H. Smith, Jr. (Eds.). W. B. Saunders Company, 1988, pp. 1381-1387.

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