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From Illinois, USA:

Could you also show what the levels of insulin in the body should be at various times of the day?


If you have access to a medical library there is one rather old article in which serum insulin levels together with growth hormone and glucose levels were measured in obese and non obese normal subjects every half hour throughout the day. The reference is entitled Twenty-four-hour serum growth hormone levels in maturity-onset diabetics, by Kjeldsen H, Hansen AP, Lundbaek K, in Diabetes 1975 Nov;24(11):977-982.

Any major commercial clinical laboratory would also have this data, though as far as I can tell no one has felt that it would be worthwhile compiling it. Most insulin levels are done either in a fasting state to find out if they are above or below the normal range or in association with an intravenous glucose load and these tests are predominantly done in the morning and of course a high proportion are not in normal people.


Original posting 18 May 1998
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