Understand Your Test

Insulin

Formal Name

 Insulin, serum

Why Get Tested?

To help evaluate insulin production by the beta cells in the pancreas; to help diagnose the presence of an insulin-producing tumor in the islet cells of the pancreas (insulinoma); to help determine the cause of low blood glucose(hypoglycemia); to help identify insulin resistance, or to help determine when a type 2 diabetic might need to start taking insulin to supplement oral medications.

When To Get Tested?

When you have low blood glucose levels with symptoms such as sweating, palpitations, dizziness, fainting; when you have diabetes and your healthcare practitioner wants to monitor your insulin production; sometimes when it is suspected that you have insulin resistance.