I found this on the Mayo Clinic website.
Hyperinsulinemia means you have too much insulin in your blood. It isn’t diabetes. But hyperinsulinemia is often associated with type 2 diabetes.
Insulin is produced by your pancreas and helps regulate blood sugar. Hyperinsulinemia is a sign of an underlying problem that is causing your pancreas to secrete excessive amounts of insulin.
The most common cause of hyperinsulinemia is insulin resistance, a condition in which your body is resistant to the effects of insulin and your pancreas tries to compensate by making more insulin.
Rarely, hyperinsulinemia is caused by:
- A tumor of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (insulinoma)
- Excessive numbers of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas (nesidioblastosis)
Hyperinsulinemia causes no signs or symptoms unless it causes low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Treatment of hyperinsulinemia is directed at the underlying problem.
Have you been tested to see if your blood sugar is high immediately (half an hour or so) after eating carbohydrates? That can also cause excessive insulin release and your BG goes low. That’s what used to happen to me and it can be the beginning of diabetes. It does cause burn out of Beta cells so you are wise to follow a diet that prevents a big insulin release. Are you following a low carb diet? If so, there are some great sources for recipes etc. on the web. You might want to check out Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution which is very informative on preventing pancreas burn-out.