Congenital Hyperinsulinism (HI)

HI is the most common cause of severe and recurrent blood sugar drops in babies and young children.

In congenital hyperinsulinism, hypoglycemia is caused by “defects” in the mechanism of insulin secretion.

We could say that in HI, insulin is “blind” to the level of blood glucose and continues to be released even though the body is running out of energy.

The excess of insulin also prevents the usage of other alternative sources of glucose in those affected by HI.

Therefore, congenital hyperinsulinism, in addition to being the most frequent cause of recurrent blood sugar drops, is also the most serious form.

The brain is the organ that consumes the most energy of all our organs. Consequently, it is also the one that suffers the most through lack of an energy supply.

As in all diseases that cause hypoglycemia, with HI it is essential to find an early diagnosis and give adequate treatment to prevent incidence of neurological damage among those affected by congenital hyperinsulinism.

Did you know that a baby with congenital hyperinsulinism needs 5 times more blood sugar than a normal child?

HI ASSOCIATIONS

If you are looking for more information on congenital hyperinsulinism (HI), we recommend that you contact associations and patient groups. These are the associations we know that work in supporting and helping treat HI around the world…

Spain and Latin America
Internacional
Germany
Italy
Austria
United Kingdom
Argentina
Brazil
Colombia
France

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Did you know that continuous hypoglycemia can cause changes in brain structures?

YOU NEVER KNOW HOW STRONG YOU ARE,
UNTIL BEING STRONG IS YOUR ONLY CHOICE.

Bob Marley

Chloe the Rabbit has hyperinsulinism

Follow Chloe and find out what it is like to have Hyperinsulinism. Find out about what this means for her day to day; for example blood sugar testing and dealing with hypoglycaemia.

Also follow her as she goes to hospital for a controlled fasting test.

A fun rhyming story with bold and colourful pictures.

Perfect for any children who have Hyperinsulinism or their parents, siblings and peers.

Adventures on the Planet Sugar

At The Hippo House we are working on a collection of short stories about congenital hyperinsulinism (HI).

Thanks to the titles of Paula and the Giant Cake, The Secret of the Yellow Goblins and The Attack of the Itis, we will learn in an entertaining way: the mechanism of HI, basic concepts of nutrition and factors that influence optimal glycemic control.

HI Parents Books

Mamá «especial. Un camino a la felicidad
CRISTINA PINDADO GONZÁLEZ
Language: Spanish
Sugar: A Tale of Motherhood & Medicine
RAISSA HACOHEN
Language: English
Getting (HI)gh
ROBERT SMITH
Language: English

Thanks to new technologies we can get information faster to its destination.

At The Hippo House, we want to put our efforts on families to find each other as quickly as possible.

Feeling supported at the time of diagnosis is paramount. Facing alone the “grief of the healthy child” is very, very difficult.

For that reason, we hope we have helped you in this road that you are starting to walk along.

Brain damage from continued hypoglycemia can cause learning difficulties, seizure disorders, vision problems, etc.

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