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DIABETES >> Insulin Test

Insulin is a hormone, which is produced and released by the pancreas; it plays a very important role in the body as it is responsible for controlling blood glucose levels and levels of fats and carbohydrates stored in the body. Levels of insulin and glucose must be balanced; in people with diabetes, the body cannot regulate glucose levels and treatment is needed to stabilise blood glucose concentrations. Insulin is vital because it allows cells to take in glucose, which is then used for energy; any remaining glucose is then stored by the body as an energy source; if the cells cannot take in the glucose, it remains in the blood and this can cause blood glucose levels to rise to dangerous levels.

The insulin test may be carried out to determine the cause of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels); it may also be used to diagnose insulomas (tumours which produce insulin).

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