Because I don’t really want to write what I know about Hyperinsulinism I’m just going to post the resources about it for you to read through.
In short Hyperinsulinism is:
Congenital hyperinsulinism (HI) is a disorder in which the insulin cells of the pancreas (beta cells) secrete too much insulin and at the wrong time. Excess insulin causes low blood sugar. Ordinarily, beta cells secrete just enough insulin to keep the blood sugar normal. With HI, the secretion of insulin is not properly regulated, causing excess insulin secretion and low blood sugar.
Normal blood sugar is 70 – 100 mg/dL. Anything less than 60 mg/dL is low, although severe symptoms due to hypoglycemia are not likely unless the blood sugar is below 50 mg/dL. Prolonged or severe low blood sugar can cause seizures or permanent brain damage
Kaylee, Annabelle and myself all have Hyperinsulinism. We have a form called Diffuse and our genetic mutation is a dominate mutation of the ABCC8 gene.
Only Kaylee requires medication. Annabelle is monitored and maintained through diet.
I wasn’t officially diagnosed until I was about 28 or so. Obviously I had no issues with it as a child. Kaylee is expected to “outgrow” it hopefully by the time she becomes a teenager. There is a possibility though that she never will be cured.
For more info check out the Hyperinsulinism category. It goes more into detail about our struggles with the disorder and our daily lives with it.
Congenital Hyperinsulinism International Parents Support Forum – This is a private group. You will have to request to join or be invited.
Genetic Test Results (coming soon)