Hyperinsulinemia refers to having a high level of insulin in the blood stream. It is also called simply “high blood insulin”. This is typical in the most common form of Type 2 Diabetes, where insulin resistance causes the body’s muscle cells to become resistant to the use of insulin, and the body actually produces more insulin to compensate. Although many people assume that insulin would be low in diabetes, this is mainly true of Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes), but the opposite is actually common in Type 2 Diabetes. Testing of insulin levels in the blood is a relatively simple blood test. This blood test can be useful as part of the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, as it can help confirm the correct subtype of diabetes. The opposite result of “low blood insulin” is more likely in Type 1 Diabetes, although there are less common insulin-deficient subtypes of Type 2 Diabetes as well. There are also other less common causes of hyperinsulinemia, such as an insulinoma.
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- Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and the less severe of the two most common forms
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- Insulin Resistance: Insulin resistance is the disorder whereby the body’s muscle cells “resist” the insulin in the processing of glucose. This
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes is also known as Juvenile Diabetes and its full medical name is Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM)
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- Insulinoma: Insulinoma is a rare tumor of the pancreas that can cause too much insulin in the blood. This is a
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