There are a number of disorders associated with the pancreas. Most people are often familiar with diabetes or problems related to the thyroid. One condition that is associated with the pancreas that many may be unfamiliar with is called hyperinsulinemia. Generally speaking, hyperinsulinemia refers to the excess amount of insulin circulating in your blood (this does not mean the same thing as hypoglycemia). Let’s take a closer look at what hyperinsulinemia is and how it relates to diabetes.
Hyperinsulinemia is basically triggered by insulin resistance. Our body is always communicating with itself to remain in balance. When we develop insulin resistance, our body does not properly accept the required amount of insulin into the cell. Therefore our body keeps on telling the pancreas to produce insulin which is what makes a surplus of insulin in our blood. After a while the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin to bring the sugar into the cells. This action is normally associated with the beginning of type 2 diabetes however; you do not have to be diabetic to develop hyperinsulinemia.
Hyperinsulinemia can also be caused either by a tumor in the cells that create insulin, or by a large number of those cells within the pancreas. Besides for its link to type 2 diabetes, there are a number of issues that can arise from having hyperinsulinemia such as:
- Higher triglyceride levels
- Weight gain
- Artherosclerosis (hardening of blood vessels)
So make sure to check for hyperinsulinemia in order to avoid any of the above complications from happening. Some symptoms of hyperinsulinemia include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hungry/craving sugar
- Consistent low blood sugars
Type 1 diabetics may have a chance of developing systemic hyperinsulinemia from taking too much insulin. In cases like these it is very careful to notice if you are developing cases of hypoglycemia or if it is in fact hyperinsulinemia. So make sure you are regulating the proper amount of insulin for your meals. Hyperinsulinemia is normally treated by either changing your diet and exercise. so make sure to manage your blood glucose appropriately to avoid any further complications from occurring in the future.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.