Hyperinsulinism Info

What is Hyperinsulinism?

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

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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.

Articles:

Global Genes: Doctor’s Miss Hyperinsulinism Diagnosis At Birth…(2012)

Living with a child with a medical disorder (2007)

Preparing your child for surgery (2007)

Preparing your childred for the dreaded blood draw (2010)

Demystifying Exendin

Green Tea: Possible HI/HA Treatment

Resources:

CHOP Hyperinsulinism Center

Cooks Children’s Hospital – Hyperinsulinism Center

Athena Diagnostics (Genetic Testing For HI)

CHI Blog

Congenital Hyperinsulinism International Parents Support Forum – This is a private group. You will have to request to join or be invited.

Global Genes Project

Genetic Test Results (coming soon)

Kaylee’s School Plan 2011-2012

Kaylee’s Summer Camp Plan 2012

School Plan Kaylee 2012-2013

School Plan Kaylee 2013 – 2014 

About Me

Hello! My name is Pamala!

I am a divorced, single mother of two beautiful girls, Kaylee and Annabelle.

I blog to write out my thoughts and opinions on my own life and issues that interest me. I do not write to please anyone and don't censor for the sake of others.

What you read here is me, no lies, no exaggerations. If you don't like it, simply don't read it.

Kaylee

Kaylee is my oldest daughter and she's 10 years old.

Kaylee enjoys drawing, playing, reading, watching movies, and playing with her sister, Annabelle.

Kaylee currently is in 5th grade. She also enjoys reading, writing, computers, Minecraft and plays the Sax and Volleyball.

Kaylee has a disorder called Hyperinsulinism. She takes medication to maintain her blood sugar but other than that she's perfect in every way.

Annabelle

Annabelle is the youngest and most wild of the family! She is 6 years old!

Annabelle loves her sister Kaylee more than anyone in the world. She enjoys running after her sister, playing with toys, and yelling at family!

Annabelle is in 1st grade and kicking butt in school. She plays Softball and Soccer in her free time. She says when she grows up she wants to coach Softball, be a police artist, a chef, and a teacher. She has goals.

Annabelle has Hyperinsulinism but requires no meds to remain within a healthy range (just like Mommy). She just requires us to pay attention to when she's sick or growing to make sure she's fine.

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