insulin tolerance test

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insulin tolerance test

a test of the body's ability to use insulin, in which insulin is given and blood glucose is measured at regular intervals. Thirty minutes after the insulin is administered, blood glucose level is usually lower but not less than half of the fasting glucose level. Glucose levels usually return to normal after about 90 minutes. In people who have hypoglycemia, the glucose levels may drop lower and be slower to return to normal.

insulin tolerance test



A test to determine a patient's hormonal responses to induced hypoglycemia. After 0.1 IU of insulin/kg is given intravenously, blood is drawn at regular intervals to measure serum cortisol in patients with suspected adrenal insufficiency or growth hormone in suspected growth hormone deficiency. The goal of the test is to stress the body with low blood glucose levels (> 40 mg/dl).


The test should be administered only by experienced professionals in order to reduce the risk of severe hypoglycemic reactions.
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