Message Number: FHL11188 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "Joan"
Date: 2010-03-28 13:36:09 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Insulin level

The level of insulin, according to Dr Jeff Jenkins article,
can fluctuate:

Begin Quote:


Insulinoma is tentatively diagnosed on the basis of history, physical signs and tests that show low blood sugar levels. The disease is confirmed by tests showing high blood insulin levels and evaluation of cancer tissue removed at surgery. These tests must be performed by a veterinarian and there is some interpretation of results required. There are times when a ferret with an insulinoma may have normal blood sugar and normal insulin levels. The tests are best performed following a two to three hour fast. Longer fasts may give a falsely low blood sugar reading. Tests taken when blood sugar is very low, especially if it has been low for some period of time, may give a falsely low blood insulin level.

--- In, "Jeff" <inner.harmony@...> wrote:

> Would an insulin level of 2,755 be indicative of a carcinoma on the pancreas, or might it just be a result of 'normal' insulinoma? Blood Glucose level at the time, after a 3 hour fast, was 63.

> Jeff
> {Notice that the number is an insulin level rather than
> a glucose level.
> --Moderator]


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