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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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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...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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My daughter of 31 has had bloods taken and her insulin level is 2. What could this mean?

My daughter of 31 has had bloods taken and her insulin level is 2. What could this mean?

Nothing: There is no correlation between Insulin levels and the many reasons that women may have blood clots. Ask your doc why an Insulin level was drawn. ...Read more

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If you have a low cpeptide and insulin level would an insulon pump help with highs and lows?

If you have a low cpeptide and insulin level would an insulon pump help with highs and lows?

It may..: Low cpeptide suggests that your body is not making enough Insulin and so providing your body with Insulin via a pump or injections may help better regulate your sugar. The pump provides better control because it provides a constant preset-levels as well as meal coverage better than injections can. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My fasting insulin level is 18 and blood sugar is 4.5. What does it mean?

My fasting insulin level is 18 and blood sugar is 4.5. What does it mean?

Normal: These are normal levels. Why were they done to begin with? If they were done looking for Insulin resistance, you cannot make this diagnosis based on Insulin levels. One needs to see the clinical features, lipid levels, blood pressure. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have an insulin level of 14 where the normal should be 10. What does this really mean and what can I do to normalize it.

Exercise & lose wt: Losing about 10% body weight regular aerobic exercise of at least 150 minutes/week would improve sensitivity to insulin.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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After every meal I feel very dizzy n weak hands shake every day for 2 month random glucose norm insulin level low doc said viral infection what is it?

After every meal I feel very dizzy n weak hands shake every day for 2 month random glucose norm insulin level low doc said viral infection what is it?

Hypoglycemia: Shaking of the hands after meals can be due to various reasons u are wondering if it is due to low blood sugar in order to rule that out u should have your blood sugar checked at time of shaking on a few occasion if below 60 it suggests low sugar and then u ned's an oral glucose tolerance test u doctor who knows u well is the ultimate judge. ...Read more

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Fasting blood test showed insulin level 31.9- what does this mean. And I will go see my doctor in a couple days but just want to be educated.

Fasting blood test showed insulin level 31.9- what does this mean. And I will go see my doctor in a couple days but just want to be educated.

31.9: Are we looking at insulin level or blood sugar level? If you mean blood sugar level you MUST go as soon as possible. If not, how are you checking your insulin level.
While waiting to see your doctor please go online and look at both blood sugar level and insulin level. I may be wrong but I think you are not measuring your insulin level.
Please let me know how things go.
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41 yr old female, healthy weight and moderately active. Postprandial insulin level is 66. Glucose is normal. Eating a low carb, low sugar diet but feel shaky and hungry after eating. What to do?

41 yr old female, healthy weight and moderately active. Postprandial insulin level is 66. Glucose is normal. Eating a low carb, low sugar diet but feel shaky and hungry after eating. What to do?

Sounds backwards: Google my name & then go to my website: Go gluten free, avoid all dairy, transition slowly to at least 80% unprocessed "foods EXACTLY as they grow up out of the ground and in the field' = (*0%) vegetarain. Hi protein diet causes high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, cancer. ...Read more

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I have pcos. My glucose tolerance test was perfect. My insulin level was so low it couldn't be found. I was told that's not good. Why is that bad?

It's not good: Or bad -- just a test that should have never been ordered since the test is meaningless in that situation and most labs can't do accurate Insulin levels to begin with. If you didn't have insulin, you would have lapsed into a coma from high glucose levels long ago. The diagnosis of pcos is not made by a GTT or Insulin levels. ...Read more

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Am I diabetic? So worried. A1c 5.2 CPeptide 1.5. Insulin level 4.3 uIU/mL Estimated Mean Plasma Glucose 87.16. Are the numbers normal? I am so afraid to eat sugar and carbs. 51 years 120 lbs.

Am I diabetic? So worried. A1c 5.2 CPeptide 1.5. Insulin level 4.3 uIU/mL Estimated Mean Plasma Glucose 87.16. Are the numbers normal? I am so afraid to eat sugar and carbs. 51 years 120 lbs.

What's the problem?: Your HgbA1c and glucose are fine. Diabetes at your age is genetic and not caused by eating sugar or carbs. You're right to fear it, but even if you have the genes for it, you can hold it at bay by staying physically fit. Be less afraid of sweets and more afraid of not exercising. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A1c 5.2 -CPeptide 1.5- Insulin level 4.3 uIU/mL. MPGlucose 87.16. One doc told me to start Metformin because of low insulin level. 2nd doc said I was NOT prediabetic. Fasting runs86-93. Do any of these numbers say prediabetes or am I normal? Anxiety!

A1c 5.2 -CPeptide 1.5- Insulin level 4.3 uIU/mL. MPGlucose 87.16. One doc told me to start Metformin because of low insulin level. 2nd doc said I was NOT prediabetic. Fasting runs86-93. Do any of these numbers say prediabetes or am I normal? Anxiety!

Anxiety: Two things:
1: I hope you are seeing your Gynecologist to monitor your hormone levels at your age.
2: In my opinion "pre-diabetes" is a meaningless term. Either you have diabetes or you do not. Seems you don't have diabetes - well done!!
3: Anxiety needs care. Have your doctor refer you to a Psychologist. No you are not crazy but you do need care. ...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

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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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Can you please discuss the consequence of the raising up of insulin level (after taking food)?

Can you please discuss the consequence of the raising up of insulin level (after taking food)?

Insulin: The Insulin level rises in order to store excess carbohydrates that were consumed at your last meal. The body only uses about 35 grams of carbs at one sitting. The rest get stored and Insulin is responsible for making the storage happen. ...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?

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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My fasting insulin level is 28. .. Why could it be like that? And how dangerous and serious is it?

My fasting insulin level is 28. .. Why could it be like that? And how dangerous and serious is it?

Insulin 28: Do you mean fasting insulin or fasting blood glucose? There is no need to measure insulin. If you blood sugar level is normal, relax! If the blood sugar is high you need more insulin. If the blood sugar is low you need less insulin. I presume you have Type 1 diabetes. If so you should consider continuous insulin infusion. Your primary doctor should be able to help you with this. ...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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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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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

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What is the effect of dairy (plain milk, plain yogurt, cheese, butter) on insulin level.

What is the effect of dairy (plain milk, plain yogurt, cheese, butter) on insulin level.

Insulin release: Hi. Most dairy products have some sugars in them, and they stimulate insulin release accordingly. Butter has no sugars, but is usually put on things that have sugars/carbohydrates, and as such, insulin is still released in response to the whole package. I advise nonfat dairy for everyone, not just diabetics. Heart disease is twice as likely in diabetes as it is in matched non-diabetics. Good luck! ...Read more

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Insulin level was 24 two years ago, then 6 months later was128, then 6 months ago was 465. Finally dr. Put me on metformin. Is it going to go down?

Maybe..: More important is your weight -which if increasing, increases Insulin resistance, which is most likely cause increase Insulin level
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what your blood sugars are- if diabetec, get sugars controlled. ...Read more

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6 months ago insulin level was 34 mu /l, today results is 122.1, glucose been between 115 - 120, am I diabetic, is results bad. Fmhx type 1 dia?

6 months ago insulin level was 34 mu /l, today results is 122.1, glucose been between 115 - 120, am I diabetic, is results bad. Fmhx type 1 dia?

You are not diabetic: You are not diabetic based on this. Type 1 dm is problem with complete lack of insulin. High Insulin level can be sign of resistance but Insulin level is not used to diagnose dm the blood sugar is. Ask the doctor to check a fasting blood sugar and and a1c if has not already been check to see if you are diabetic or prediabetic. ...Read more

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How does type 1 diabetes affect pro-insulin level?

How does type 1 diabetes affect pro-insulin level?

Pro-insulin: Pro-insulin is a building block for insulin. Pro-insulin levels are increased in patients with Type 1 Diabetes. Patients with Type 1 Diabetes lose the ability to create insulin from pro-insulin. More about pro-insulin https://www. Urmc. Rochester. Edu/encyclopedia/content. Aspx? Contenttypeid=167&contentid=proinsulin_blood ...Read more