Reactive hypoglycemic tendency among arsonists

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1984 May;69(5):445-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1984.tb02517.x.


A reactive hypoglycemic tendency during the glucose tolerance test was connected with fire-setting behavior. These hypoglycemic arsonists not only fulfilled the criteria for either intermittent explosive disorder or violent antisocial personality, but also those for borderline personality disorder. They seemed to differ from other arsonists in alcohol abuse and behavior during the fire-setting acts, and, in personality profile in MMPI, also differed from classical violent offenders with intermittent explosive disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / psychology*
  • Firesetting Behavior / blood
  • Firesetting Behavior / psychology*
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemia / blood
  • Hypoglycemia / psychology*
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • MMPI
  • Male
  • Violence


  • Blood Glucose