Hyperinsulinism Symptoms Lead to Other Diabetic Health Risks!

Hyperinsulinism, also known as hyperinsulinemia was first diagnosed back in 1924 by Dr. Seale Harris. This condition according to Dr. Harris, can be subdivided into two less subtle categories.

The first category is called hyperglycemia - which refers to diabetics that have high blood glucose levels and a reduced sensitivity to insulin.

The next category that falls under a hyperinsulinemia disorder, is hypoglycemia.

Under this category we find diabetics that have problems with excessive insulin secretion and very low blood glucose levels.

Reduced sensitivity leads to hyperinsulinism because of diabetes!

There are many factors that can increase the frequency of your insulin secretion. This means that your diabetes management, will depend greatly on your ability to properly control the amount of blood glucose leaving your blood stream and entering your beta cells (pancreas).

Your pancreas will increase its insulin production level, when the cells that are responsible for removing glucose from your blood, becomes less sensitive and more insulin resistant. This can become a serious health risk for you because it usually leads to hyperglycemia.

Whenever you have a blood glucose level that is consistently elevated, you are normally diagnosed as having diabetes mellitus. If your resistance turn out to be more severe, it means that your fasting insulin under this type of hyperinsulinismic condition could exceed 100uU/ml. Normally it is above 20uU/ml.

Health risks that are caused by hyperinsulinism!

Typically hyperinsulinemia that happens as a result of insulin resistance, is a very big risk factor. In fact - anything that pose a threat to your overall health is a big problem. As I was saying, hyperinsulinemia is a serious risk factor that can cause type 2 diabetes.

On the other hand, this health risk can also cause your blood pressure to elevate significantly. The elevation in your blood pressure is due to a direct attack on the lining of your vascular endothelial cells. These are the cells that line our blood vessels.

Hyperinsulinemia according to some researchers, is a contributing component in the production of excessive amounts of androgens, found in poly cystic ovary syndrome.

Hyperinsulinism as it relates to hypoglycemia!

Hyperinsulinemia disorders are commonly referred to by different forms hypoglycemia. These different forms of this health risk condition are caused by excessive insulin production. Children and adults that are healthy and normal, should have minimal secretion of insulin when their blood glucose drops below 70 mg/dl.

Whenever hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia is caused by excessive insulin production, it can develop into other forms.

Different forms of hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia!

Hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia can be transient, mild, or severe. This health risk factor when diagnosed in infants and young children, is called congenital hyperinsulinism.

This is a medical emergency that refers to a variety of congenital disorders that are usually present at birth.

Severe forms of congenital hyperinsulinemia, can cause severe health problems in an infant during the first hour of their life. The milder cases of this health problem can go undetected; however, it can show up when an individual reaches adulthood.

Treating congenital hyperinsulinism!

Typically acute hypoglycemia can be reversed immediately, by simply raising the blood glucose of the individual. Unfortunately re-occurrences of most forms of congenital hyperinsulinemia hypoglycemia can happen. Some of the following steps in treatment are often tried to combat this re-occurrences:

  • Shorter feeding intervals.
  • Continuous feeding with a formula through a nanogastric tube or gastronomy.
  • Formulas with higher calorie densities.
  • Continuous intravenous dextrose.
  • Hydrocortisone or other glucocorticoid.
  • Diozoxide by mouth.
  • Octreotide (somatostatin analog) by subcutaneous injections or infusion.
  • Glucagan by continuous intravenous infusion.
  • Ninepins or other calcium channel blocker.
  • Partial pancreatectomy.

Each of these individual treatments have its own limitations and potential hazards. One of the limitations for these treatments is that they can not maintain a satisfactory blood glucose level, in cases that are severe. Also, most of these treatments, apparently exasperate the poor feeding behaviors that often come with congenital hyperinsulinemia.

Causes of hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia in adults!

In adults severe hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia is mostly caused by insulinomas. Insulinomas are insulin secreting tumors within the pancreas. If your blood glucose level is under 50 mg/dl, insulin levels that are above 3uU/ml will be inappropriate.

These readings can be an indication that your hypoglycemia is caused by hyperinsulinemia disorders. Treating this type hyperinsulinemia depends on two factors. They include:

  • The cause of the hyperinsulinemia.
  • The severity of your hyperinsulinemia.

In some cases, you may require medical surgery to remove the source of the insulin secretion. Drugs like diazoxide or Octreotide are also used to reduced insulin secretion.

Insulin injection can cause hyperinsulinism!

Managing diabetes mellitus through insulin therapy, may result in diabetic hypoglycemia. A diabetic individual may experience this health problem, because they are having difficulties in balancing their insulin delivery.

Hyperinsulinism or low blood glucose can also occur when insulin is injected by non-diabetics. This is usually done by athletes who are trying to enhance their overall anaerobic performances.

Cure for hyperinsulinism or low blood glucose!

According to Dr Seale Harris, the remedy for hyperinsulinemia was not some high priced fancy drug. He suggested that the cure for low blood glucose was self government of your body. Dr Harris stated that diabetics that suffer from hypoglycemia, should be prepared to give up certain things that contributed to their condition.

As part of your treatment, you should be prepared to:

  • Give up refined sugars.
  • Give up candy.
  • Give up Coffee.
  • Give up soft drinks.

the above mentioned items according to Dr. Harris, are the cause of your problem. Therefore as a diabetic, you should always monitor your diabetes treatment closely. By doing so, you can avoid the risk of becoming a victim of hyperinsulinism.

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