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The troubles on the set of The Simple Life – Nicole Richie collapsing on set late last week and being hospitalized for dehydration earlier this month – are the result of something new, her rep says.

Hypoglycemia. Which we all know does not exist.

Much like “exhaustion” or “chronic fatigue.”

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“In her ongoing effort to focus on her well-being, Nicole has recently been diagnosed with hypoglycemia” or low blood sugar, her spokesperson said.

Nicole Richie, 25, announced in October that she was seeking treatment for what her rep described as an “inability to put on weight.”

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likes to call it “being an anorexic waif.”

And though she and Paris Hilton work as counselors at a health camp on the fifth season of their E! reality show, Richie’s own physical “issues” have recently taken center stage.

“Despite the efforts of Brody Jenner, a source says, “Four or five times she’s felt really faint and almost passed out. She has to go into her trailer for a good part of the day.”

But Richie’s representative tells the media that since the “actress” got her hypoglycemia “diagnosis,” she is taking steps to manage it.

Adds a Simple Life spokesperson: “Nicole has reported to work each day and the results have been fantastic.”

We’re guessing by fantastic, they mean boring, staged and utterly unwatchable. Not unlike just about anything Keanu Reeves stars in.

Meanwhile, Richie is due to appear in court on April 2 to face misdemeanor charges stemming from a December DUI arrest in Los Angeles. She pleaded not guilty on February 20.

She weighs 85 pounds.

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