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Insulin assay

ISSN 2398-2950

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  • Plasma concentrations of glucose Blood biochemistry: glucose and insulin are usually tightly linked.
  • Alterations in [glucose] result in rapid alteration of [insulin] to bring [glucose] back to normal range.



In combination


Source of test material

Quantity of test material

  • 1 ml whole blood.

Sample collection technique

Step 1

  • Fast animal for 12 hours prior to testing.
  • Collect blood sample plain tube labeling sample with time and owner's name.
  • Ideally perform insulin assay in conjunction with glucose assay Insulin: glucose ratio.
  • Ideally collect second set of samples at a different time.

Quality control


  • Label sequential samples with care. Easy to mix up.

Sample storage

  • Separate serum from sample for insulin assay prior to storage.
  • Store samples in refrigerator prior to despatch.

Sample transport



  • Many commercial laboratories.

Result Data

Normal (reference) values

  • Normal fasted 6-22 IU/ml.

Abnormal values

  • Values > normal in face of hypoglycemia (inappropriate response) may   →   Insulinoma.

Further Reading


Refereed papers