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Hyperinsulin levels in children

12/21/2006

Question:

My 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with having hyperinsulin. Her blood sugar is normal, inflammation hormones are normal, and liver function is normal according to her blood work results. Any ideas of what maybe causing this?

Answer:

Higher levels of fasting insulin usually are suggestive of a metabolic condition, called insulin resistance. I would not be able to comment whether your daughter has this condition or not based on the information provided in your question. Having family history of type 2 diabetes or being heavy for her age or falling out of her regular growth chart over time in addition to repeated high fasting insulin levels support this diagnosis.

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Response by:

Marzieh  Salehi, MD Marzieh Salehi, MD
Assistant Professor of Endocrinology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati