Adverse Reaction To Delayed Meals

What Causes Adverse Reaction To Delayed Meals?

Adverse reaction to delayed meals can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose adverse reaction to delayed meals, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "adverse reaction to delayed meals" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Dehydration
  • Hypoglycemia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high coffee consumption
severe afternoon/evening fatigue
high diastolic blood pressure
allergies to certain foods
inner trembling
frequent 'chills'
indoor allergies
caffeinated soft drink consumption
regular bizarre dreams
very angry/hostile disposition
severe tinnitus
weak appetite
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of adverse reaction to delayed meals:
Cause Probability Status
Dehydration 94% Confirm
Hypoglycemia 51% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about adverse reaction to delayed meals:
Do you feel shaky, headachy, tired, faint or nauseated when meals are delayed?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Occasionally / moderately
→ Often / severely
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate adverse reaction to delayed meals, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:

When we skip meals, we often also skip the drinks that go with the food.  If your hydration status is already marginal, a delayed meal may be enough to trigger dehydration symptoms.


Skipping a meal causes blood sugar levels to drop, triggering a release of hormones that compensate for low glucose levels.  These can narrow the arteries, increase blood pressure, and result in headaches or migraines.  Low blood sugar also leads to fatigue and the feeling of weakness.

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