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My parents are worried about my health now that I have insulinoma. Why? Is it bad?

My parents are worried about my health now that I have insulinoma. Why? Is it bad?

It's cancer!: Any type of cancer can understandably cause anxiety and fear within patients and their loved ones. The prognosis of insulinoma depends on the stage at which it was diagnosed, and how it is responding to therapy. Surgery can often be curative, but if discovered in a later stage, it can be very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Dr. Melanie Richards
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Insulinoma (Definition)

An insulinoma is a tumor of the pancreas that secretes insulin. The beta cells in the pancrease (pancrelipase) secrete Insulin in response to high glucose levels in the blood. Since an insulinoma is a collection of abnormal cells, an insulinoma will produce Insulin regardless of the blood glucose levels and can cause profound hypoglycemia ...Read more


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Does insulinoma increase of use of hormones?

Does insulinoma increase of use of hormones?

Not sure : I'm not sure what ur asking. Insulinoma is caused by excess levels of Insulin made by pancreas. It causes low blood sugar that can make u pass out. If ur asking if using hormone increase risk of insulinoma, then answer is no. ...Read more

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Non-fasted insulin 59 when b/s is 86, and in the 18 when b/s 68, 12 when b/s Is 53. High enough to suggest insulinoma? Or congenital hyperinsulintima

Non-fasted insulin 59 when b/s is 86, and in the 18 when b/s 68, 12 when b/s Is 53. High enough to suggest insulinoma? Or congenital hyperinsulintima

Hypoglycemia: Insulinoma is extremely rare, but usually not a hard diagnosis to make once it is suspected. The blood sugar and insulin levels must be done fasting. Post prandial testing and glucose tolerance tests are worthless in making this diagnosis. You should see an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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How they remove a cyst on the pancreas called insulinoma?

How they remove a cyst on the pancreas called insulinoma?

Insulinoma or Cyst?: These are 2 different entities. Cysts are typically fluid filled benign growths that rarely require any intervention unless they are growing. Insulinoma is more serious as it is a solid tumor/growth which produces excess of Insulin which can cause serious problems due to low blood sugar levels(hypoglycemia). So try to find out which of these two diagnoses you likely have. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can cause high insulin with low blood sugar? Besides insulinomas? 54-69 blood sugar 11-22 insulin when low.

What can cause high insulin with low blood sugar? Besides insulinomas? 54-69 blood sugar 11-22 insulin when low.

Not much: Really besides insulinomas(which are exceptionally rare, so rare that even the largest of academic instutions have seen a large number of these cases) and people accidentally or purposefully administering too much insulin. But to be able to better interpret the data you provided, more information around the circumstances when these numbers were acquired is necessary. ...Read more

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With an insulinoma how low do blood sugars have to fall between meals? Mine fall to 3.0 - 3.4 (55-65). Insulinoma?

With an insulinoma how low do blood sugars have to fall between meals? Mine fall to 3.0 - 3.4 (55-65). Insulinoma?

They Don't Have Too: What you are describing is more consistent with reactive hypoglycemia, it is a bit more controversial and does not have set dx criteria. It is more a clinical dx based on the doctors eval, labs as support & tx response helpful. An insulinoma is very diff and has more strict criteria for presumptive dx inc a FASTING BS<40, with innap insulin, c-peptide, pro insulin levels & other lab tests. ...Read more

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Ate lunch sugar around 100, went out to build snowman with daughter, felt horrible after 15 min., went in, sugar 45. Scared if insulinoma.

Ate lunch sugar around 100, went out to build snowman with daughter, felt horrible after 15 min., went in, sugar 45. Scared if insulinoma.

Low risk: If you had a normal sugar (100) and this happened after a meal and some work, it is more likely something in your meal triggered excessive Insulin release. Work with your doc to sort this out. The condition reactive hypoglycemia is a real one and much more common than an insulinoma. ...Read more

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Ate lunch, went out to build snowman with daughter, felt horrible, came in sugar 45. Scared to death of insulinoma. Had cptide a year ago negative.

Ate lunch, went out to build snowman with daughter, felt horrible, came in sugar 45. Scared to death of insulinoma. Had cptide a year ago negative.

You have simple : Hypoglycemia from eating sugar. When you take sugar you release a bolus of insulin. The brain becomes sensitive to the ingestion of sugar and you get set up for the next episode of hypoglycemia. Stop eating sugar and sweeteners. ...Read more

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What symptoms can insulinoma bring about?

Low glucose: Thses usually cause symptoms of hypoglycemi? It can lead to weakness, a feeling of passing out and even sudden bout of bad temper that all gets better with the ingestion of sugar. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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What other symptoms of an insulinoma apart from feeling hypoglycemic?

Many others: may have weight loss, diarrhea, sweats, bloating need CT scan to assess possible liver damage ...Read more