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Fri Nov 09 12:58:01 EST 2012

My 16 year old daughter has been sick her glucose levels are always low, but her insulin level is a 76 and doesn't go down I'm concerned and confused
Asked By: kristieg3  
Category: Insulin

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2012-12-02 12:39:39.0

Hello kristieg3
Thank you for bringing your question to dLife. It sounds like you are concerned that you teenaged daughter has low blood glucose level, an insulin level that does not change. Is your daughter diagnosed with diabetes? Does she have type one or type two? Is she overweight or obese? This information would give a clearer picture of what is going on with her. Most people with type two diabetes have some level of insulin resistance. Their pancreas is producing insulin but it is not able to work properly. The insulin cannot open the receptors to allow glucose to enter the cells and be used as fuel. The circulating insulin levels in a person with insulin resistance will be high. The pancreas keeps producing more and more insulin until the glucose levels go down. Eventually, the pancreas wears out and the production of insulin decreases. Could this be what is happening with your daughter? Maybe. Metformin helps decrease resistance. Daily exercise and a healthy weight helps also. If your muscles are active the insulin works better and glucose levels are low.

Since you report that your daughter has been sick, it is important that she is examined by her primary care provider. Please have her seen by her doctor.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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