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Do my insulin values indicate pancreatic cancer?

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Answered by

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Medically reviewed by

Dr. K. Shobana

Published At July 5, 2018
Reviewed AtJuly 6, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My lab tests are as follows. Seven months ago, I had blood glucose of 105 mg/dl, GTT one hour 160 mg/dl, two hours 118 mg/dl, morning insulin 6.2 μU/ml, HbA1c 5.2 %, A1 6.1 %. This month I had BG 110 mg/dl, GTT one hour 184 mg/dl, two hours 115 mg/dl, morning insulin 5.3 μU/ml. Every other blood test within normal ranges. I am a 32 year old male with a height of six feet and 425 pounds having 13 to 14 % body fat athletic with healthy nutrition habits. No history of diabetes in the family. Could I be having cancer in pancreas judging from the insulin values you are seeing? I have had many years to do a blood test and with this random one seven months ago. I was told by my doctor that I had to keep monitoring my blood glucose since I could develop diabetes later on, and since I have never had a problem with blood sugar as a kid and no family history of diabetes, I was wondering what might be going on cause insulin levels dropped from my last test and since my diet was pretty much same with healthy choices why is this happening. My doctor for the last seven months kept telling me to calm down and that I do not have anything cause stressing is bad for my blood glucose too. Should I be telling him to get a pancreas MRI done?

Answered by Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I just read your query and from what you have mentioned I would like to say that the reason that your insulin levels are dropping levels are dropping is because of your beta cells of the pancreas are getting exhausted and are not gradually decreasing the production of insulin. Pancreatic cancer does not have these manifestations at all. So testing for cancer without any strong family history or clinical manifestations is just not recommended. Continue with your healthy lifestyle and try to workout more as they reduce insulin resistance and thereby decrease fatigue of your pancreatic cells.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf
Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Endocrinology

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