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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Insulin Shock

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Dr. William Walsh
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Shock (Definition)

A condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen and nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more


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Is it possible for insulin levels to cause hypovolemic shock?

Only injected: Only injected Insulin is capable of causing that. Your body's own Insulin isn't sufficient, unless you have a vanishingly rare tumor that secretes insulin. Check w/your doctor. They've probably never even seen one of those tumors as they're very, very rare. ...Read more

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Is it possible that hypovolemic shock be caused by unstable insulin levels?

Is it possible that hypovolemic shock be caused by unstable insulin levels?

Insulin and shock: If you mean can hypovolemia be caused by low Insulin levels, the answer is "yes". Patients with low Insulin levels can have a large urine output that, if not corrected by giving enough insulin, can dehydrate a patient. This is what happens to those diabetics who go into ketoacidosis, type1, and those that go in a hyperosmolar state, type 2. Fluids and Insulin administration are required to treat. ...Read more

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Could reducing dose of non-selective beta blocker cause insulin surge while still blocking compensatory sugar control and induce hypoglycemic shock?

Could reducing dose of non-selective beta blocker cause insulin surge while still blocking compensatory sugar control and induce hypoglycemic shock?

Insulin surge: I don't fully understand your question! Insulin, if given in too high a dose, can induce hypoglycemia. A beta blocker is unlikely to cause an "insulin surge". Can you please try and give me some more information. ...Read more

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Is it possible that hypovolemic shock be caused by an unbalanced glucagon/ insulin level?

Is it possible that hypovolemic shock be caused by an unbalanced glucagon/ insulin level?

Hypovolemic shock: Hard to answer your question. In diabetic ketoacidosis, Insulin is absent/low, glucagon high, and you can have hypovolemic shock (along with high blood glu, ketones, acidosis, etc). If you have hypovolemic shock from something else (eg. Sepsis), many hormones react to the situation. A minor "imbalance" in insulin/glucagon may alter blood glucose but does not cause shock. ...Read more

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What are the causes of an insulin spike in our bodies?

What are the causes of an insulin spike in our bodies?

Glucago: Ingesting refined sugar carbohydrade will cause the liver to release glucagon which is a homone that pushes the pancrease (pancrelipase) to release insulin. Other things can do this but the major source is refined sugars. ...Read more

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Will insulin shock kill someone?

Will insulin shock kill someone?

Insulin coma: A little piece of history here. Many years ago (pre-ect) Insulin coma ("ict") was a form of treatment for people who were psychotically depressed, schizophrenic, etc. This was done on special units in psychiatric hospitals, and level and length of coma were strictly regulated so that people did not die. Much safer, more effective treatments exist today. http://tinyurl.com/n6cloku. ...Read more

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What causes high insulin levels?

What causes high insulin levels?

Insulin resistance.: High blood sugar will cause Insulin levels to rise, but i suspect you are referring to Insulin resistance. This is a phenomena in which your muscle cells have reduced sensitivity to insulin. This results in higher blood levels of Insulin for any given level of blood sugar as compared to those without Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Can heavy lifting daily/over training cause high insulin level?

Can heavy lifting daily/over training cause high insulin level?

Insulin: High endogenous insulin levels may be due to an insulin secreting tumor or spikes in blood sugar, but I don't think that exertion raises the insulin levels unless blood sugar rises. However if you have had problems with low blood sugar after exercise,consult an endocrinologist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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What would cause the b/p to be higher on the right side such 190/119, and the left 169/90? I have am a insulin dependnet ty0e II diabeteis, chronic renalfailure, which at this time is under control at this time

What would cause the b/p to be higher on the right side such 190/119, and  the left 169/90? I have am a insulin dependnet ty0e II diabeteis, chronic renalfailure, which at this time is under control at this time

Coarct v cholesterol: Coarctation is a congenital defect in the main artery handling heart outflow. Depending on where the defect is it could cause different pressures from R to L. This is typically found at a young age. Something similar can happen if a plaque (which is kind of a cholesterol build up) causes a similar defect. Diet can have a huge impact on cholesterol, but talk to your doctor to see if more is needed. ...Read more

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Can chronic insulin administration, by itself, cause insulin resistance?

Can chronic insulin administration, by itself, cause insulin resistance?

Insulin: Insulin resistance can occur but not when you are taking proper care of your diabetes. Are you checking your blood sugars regularly? Are you taking too much or too little insulin? Your doctor can teach you but you have to learn to take care of yourself. Many doctors offices have group treatment for this. ...Read more

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In the near future, will there likely be a 'smart' insulin that will not cause hypoglycemia?

In the near future, will there likely be a 'smart' insulin that will not cause hypoglycemia?

Since insulin: Lowers blood sugar, there will always be the potential for hypoglycemia whenever Insulin is administered, even if by a mechanical mechanism such as a pump. It's hard to make a protein that thinks and can turn itself off and on when it has no brain, sensor, nervous system etc. ...Read more

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What causes excessive first phase insulin release?and how is it treated??fasting normal to prediabetic level.

Insulin: Unless your pancreas is not working you will always have insulin! Why are you worried about "excessive first phase insulin"? I am not a fan of the term "pre-diabetes" (most of my colleagues love it!). Do you have diabetes? When you measure blood sugar (if you do) is your blood sugar high. If so you have diabetes. Please make a visit to a diabetes educator. ...Read more

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What causes low glucogon? Mine is 33 on a scale from 40 to 150. Insulin is 8.9 (5-25). Fbs under 100. Non-diabetic

Why was it measured?: There are very few reasons to measure a blood glucagon. There are very rare tumors that make too much, but i doubt you have that. Glucagon raises blood sugar and is important to keep our blood sugar up while fasting. The normal range is not accurate. Your glu is normal and you are not diabetic. You don't need additional hormone measurements. See an endocrinologist if you have more questions. ...Read more

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Can increased prolactin cause insulin resistance?

Can increased prolactin cause insulin resistance?

Probably not: I am not aware of high prolactin causing Insulin resistance. However, some people with Insulin resistance and polycystic ovarian syndrome can have high prolactin levels. ...Read more

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Could getting stabbed by a used insulin needle cause hiv?

Could getting stabbed by a used insulin needle cause hiv?

HIV: This is possible, but the needle would have had to been used by an hiv+ individual and you would then have had to have used it very shortly thereafter. If there is a major question in your mind you should be receiving prophylaxis and being tested for HIV with pcr for viral rna. Go and see someone with expertise in this area. Good luck and hope all is well. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

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