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Can someone have Normal insulin level but high blood sugar?

Can someone have Normal insulin level but high blood sugar?

Yes: With pancreatic disease and with diabetes, insulin levels are low in proportion to the sugar stimulus. Also, insulin levels fall 1-2 hours after a glucose challenge but depending on dietary intake, glucose may still be somewhat elevated. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more


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Did a nonfasting blood test-insulin level was high at 16.4 and my glucose was 85. Put on Aldactone for PCOS...help? Never been diagnosed w/ PCOS.

Did a nonfasting blood test-insulin level was high at 16.4 and my glucose was 85. Put on Aldactone for PCOS...help? Never been diagnosed w/ PCOS.

PCOS: PCOS is a complex problem and need much more information. Discuss with the Dr. Who gave it to you for PCOS. I recommend going to uptodate to get good information. That will likely help ease your worries. ...Read more

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My wife insulin level is high, but blood glucose levels are normal, does she have diabetes?

My wife insulin level is high, but blood glucose levels are normal, does she have diabetes?

NO: But she is probably Insulin resistant and on the way to diabetes in the future. The exact name you put on it is of no importance, the risk is the same. She needs diet, exercise and weight reduction. By the way, tests for Insulin levels are notoriously inaccurate. ...Read more

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How will a type I diabetic appear when their insulin levels are high?

How will a type I diabetic appear when their insulin levels are high?

Sounds like type 2: Type 1 is caused by lack of Insulin and a high Insulin would be related to its treatment with insulin. In type 2 there is Insulin resistance and the pancreas is "told" to produce more of the hormone to "try to overcme the resistance". It is the major way in which types I and 2 are differentiated. ...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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Congenial hyperinsulintima on onset in adulthood? How is it diagnosed. I have had 12-22 insulin levels and high c-peptides while my glucose was 55-65.

Congenial hyperinsulintima on onset in adulthood? How is it diagnosed. I have had 12-22 insulin levels and high c-peptides while my glucose was 55-65.

High insulin levels: The most common cause of high insulin is insulin resistance, due to obesity, or a family history of type 2 diabetes where insulin resistance is hereditary. From your question, I am not sure what condition is being treated. Do those glucose levels cause you symptoms? See an Endocrinologist. An inappropriately high insulin with low glucose could be from an insulinoma, although this is rare. ...Read more

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Possible Reasons for high insulin level (28.41 uU/ml)?

Possible Reasons for high insulin level (28.41 uU/ml)?

Not fasting: Most common reason for high insulin is a non-fasting state. If one is fasting at time of blood draw, then high insulin is worrisome for insulin resistant state or pre-diabetes. In this case, A1c might be useful to further assess glycemic (sugar) control. Assuming good kidney function, metformin would be useful in treating those w/insulin resistance. Should also check blood pressure & cholesterol 2 ...Read more

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What is the relationship between insulin levels and high cholesterol?

What is the relationship between insulin levels and high cholesterol?

No direct relation: People with early type 2 diabetes have high Insulin and later may have high cholesterol. Generally these two chemicals are independent of each other. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, I found out recently that iam having high insulin level in my body, so what all precautions should I take?

Less sugar: Try to eat less sugar and processed foods since they cause high insulin levels. Increasing fiber in your diet will decrease the absorption of sugar into the blood and help regulate insulin levels as well. If overweight, try to lose weight and increase activity to decrease insulin levels. ...Read more

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I am a diabetic and on insulin I am also HIV + why is it that when I take insulin, bm levels are high but when I skip insulin bm levels become normal?

I am a diabetic and on insulin I am also HIV + why is it that when I take insulin, bm levels are high but when I skip insulin bm levels become normal?

Has nothing to do...: With hiv

but high numbers with Insulin and when you skip Insulin bm levels become normal, suggests your on too much Insulin which sends sugars too low- brain sees low sugar, tells liver to make sugar eg: rebounds sugar to too high levels

you likely need less insulin

must talk to md who understands this- if necessary, see endocrinologist. ...Read more

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My doc says my insulin levels are too high. I am constantly urinating even at night. Hands keep swelling. What should I do.

My doc says my insulin levels are too high. I am constantly urinating even at night. Hands keep swelling. What should I do.

Is that your doctor': Opinion or a lab result? Insulin levels are generally inaccurate when sent to a conventional clinical laboratory, and are most often useless anyway for clinical medicine. If you're overweight, your insulin levels may be high due to insulin resistance, which resolves with weight loss. The other symptoms are separate. Maybe you need a second opinion? ...Read more

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What can I do if my insulin level was 123. Dr. Said to eat better and exercise. How high is 123?

What can I do if my insulin level was 123. Dr. Said to eat better and exercise. How high is 123?

It's high: The Insulin level by itself is unhelpful. Patients with Insulin resistance are already known to have high Insulin levels to keep blood sugars in check. My greater concern for an insulin-resistant patient is knowing the glucose tolerance. Pre-diabetes? Diabetes? ...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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How can high insulin levels harm my baby?

How can high insulin levels harm my baby?

Gestational diabetes: If you have gestational diabetes, the high glucose levels in your blood makes the unborn baby respond by increasing his own Insulin in order to keep the glucose at bay. Once the baby is born, and he is not in that "high sugar" environment, his insulin, being high before birth may make his own glucose drop. Nurseries are well equiped to deal with this. ...Read more

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I cannot lose weight. I eat very healthy and do a lot of cardio. Last year I did blood tests which said I have very high insulin levels. What do I do?

I cannot lose weight. I eat very healthy and do a lot of cardio. Last year I did blood tests which said I have very high insulin levels. What do I do?

Need more work up: Insulin and glucose are opposites. You may have difficulty losing weight because of pre diabetes. You could have hypothyroid. Need alot more info to recommend a weight loss program. See a doctor for complete exam, labs and rule out of any medical condition that may make weight loss more difficult. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with high insulin levels with normal blood sugar?

Diagnosed with high insulin levels with normal blood sugar?

Insulin resistance: Normal sugars don't rule out Insulin resistance, because as long as the pancreas can make enough Insulin to overcome the resistance, sugars will stay normal. The high Insulin levels often lead to high sugars and diabetes, though, so working on diet & exercise & losing weight will help keep your future healthy! ...Read more

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What can cause my body to produce low blood sugar and high insulin levels?

What can cause my body to produce low blood sugar and high insulin levels?

Pre or type 2 DM: The most common cause of high Insulin levels and low blood sugars in adults is Insulin resistance/hyperinsulinemia. Those with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes have high Insulin levels to compensate for the body's resistance. However, the body loses its ability to guage how much Insulin one needs and can overshoot to cause low blood sugar. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal blood sugar levels and high insulin levels? If blood sugar is normal, do drs routinely test insulin levels?

Is it possible to have normal blood sugar levels and high insulin levels? If blood sugar is normal, do drs routinely test insulin levels?

Insulin resistance: Patients with resistance to insulin, including early type 2 diabetes have high Insulin levels with normal or elevated blood glucose. We do not routinely test for Insulin levels as it is usually not relevant to diagnosis or management. ...Read more

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Glumetza was prescribed to me - I don't have type 2 according to my doc but high insulin levels. .. I also had a severe vertigo 10 days back. ..advise?

Glumetza was prescribed to me - I don't have type 2 according to my doc but high insulin levels. .. I also had a severe vertigo 10 days back. ..advise?

Metabolic syndrome?: Glumetza (metformin) is used to treat diabetes as well as other disorders related to Insulin resistance, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome (also called dysmetabolic syndrome). Waist size greater than 40 in., BP >130/85, triglycerides >150, HDL chol 100 are criteria for this disorder. Having high Insulin levels alone, is not a reason. ...Read more

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I had a fasting insulin level done and it was low 1.5 is that normal?

I had a fasting insulin level done and it was low 1.5 is that normal?

Yes: In the context of fasting, I'm doubtful that insulin has to be there at all. High levels would imply either a start of type II diabetes or uncontrolled insulin secretion from an insulin secreting tumor (non-cancerous moslty). ...Read more

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I had an insulin level 0.44 20% of norm is this serious? Is it diabetes?

I had an insulin level 0.44 20% of norm is this serious? Is it diabetes?

Insulin levels: Insulin levels are related to your blood sugar levels you should always use it in reference to glucose values if your glucose is high and the Insulin low then it could suggest diabetes in a fasting state Insulin levels could be very low diabetes should only be diagnosed if u have high blood glucose. ...Read more

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Is low insulin level harmful?

Is low insulin level harmful?

Not like high,,: Low Insulin causes glucose levels to stay high or rise which means the glucose can't get into the cells and serve as nourishment. This is seen in type I diabetes (no insulin) and in type ii diabetes (insulin resistance). This means that the body's fat and later muscle reserves are used. However, if there is too much, like in an insulinoma, hypoglycemia can rapidly result causing coma and death. ...Read more

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What medications can raise the insulin level?

What medications can raise the insulin level?

Diabetes?: Are you asking this question in terms of treating diabetes?

One class of medicines called sulfonylureas are used in diabetes to increase Insulin production by your pancreas. ...Read more

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My fasting insulin level is 18. Is that abnormal?

That is elevated: But we need more information. What was your glucose (sugar) level? We need both pieces to have better information. But in general, that Insulin level is elevated. ...Read more

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My insulin level is less than two. How bad is that?

My insulin level is less than two. How bad is that?

Meaningless: Get your money back from whomever ordered an Insulin level on you in the first place. They are almost always meaningless, and the routine lab assays are notoriously inaccurate, even when ordered appropriately.
If you truly had a low Insulin level, you would have already been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. ...Read more