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Insulin level

05/15/2008

Question:

What is a person`s insulin level supposed to be? My son`s level was 76.3.

Answer:

I would need to know more information in order to tell you how to interpret that.  Insulin levels are lowest when people are fasting (haven't eaten overnight for at least 8-10 hours) and they rise in response to meals.  They are higher in people with insulin resistance because the body is making more insulin to overcome that resistance; insulin resistance is more commonly found in people that are overweight, than in people who are not.  When normal people develop a low blood sugar, the insulin level should fall below the normal fasting levels.  The insulin level is usually interpreted in relation to a simultaneous blood sugar (glucose) level.

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Response by:

Robert M Cohen, MD Robert M Cohen, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati