Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance

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by 0 · about 20 hours ago

I have been on a low-carb (<75g) gluten and grain-free Paleo-style diet (55% fat-35% protein-10% carbs) for some time now, but don't understand why my fasting BG levels are still elevated: https://app.box.com/s/oy9o9ryuu18ugtk3f5ua In... (more)

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Yuki 0 · August 15, 2014 at 7:43 AM

I am the same - I started paleo to combat my high blood sugars, and it did bring it down, just not far enough. I took metformin for a while, and it messed me up so bad! I was so nauseous I couldn't make it through a workday, and I wanted to crawl... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

So I went to the organic store and saw this little box contaning about 100 tiny licorice pellets. It's sugar-free, gluten-free and made with only one ingredient : 100% licorice extract. So it's not exactly a candy : they taste really strong and... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · April 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Well if they aren't sweetened them I'm to assume they are low carb, unless you know otherwise. That being said, No, eating a low carb snack will not delay any progress you've made on a low carb diet, since the snack is, well, low carb. Eating... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

I'm really struggling with headaches, feeling low energy and not being able to think clearly and would really appreciate some thoughtful perspective on what you all think I should try next. Very quick history: I used to eat mostly carbs in my... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · April 03, 2014 at 12:02 AM

I'm a big believer in VLC for treating insulin resistance (it has helped me immensely!), but I agree you may need to back off a little to give your body time to adjust. I'd take the carbs up between 50 and 100 total using starchy veggies and... (more)

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by 15 · about 21 hours ago

is it normal for my blood glucose to rise to 150 after a meal only of protein, fat and veggies? I???m not eating VLC, I eat veggies, one/two servings of fruit and one sweet potato. Should I be concerned? Why does this happen? I though this... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Blood glucose spikes are normal after eating.

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by 1097 · about 21 hours ago

So, hello everyone! I've been busting around the boards suggesting people not be afraid of carbs, and that's kind of funny. Because just last thursday I started confining my carb count to 75 per day in a final stretch-style attempt to literally... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

My Dr. (a naturalist/endocrinologist) ran my labs, discovered I do not make the chemicals needed for my thyroid to function due to lack of iodine. Placed me on iodine supplements, then said my cholesterol is high, and my cortisol levels are too... (more)

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Ciara 0 · August 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Can I just say be careful with Iodine supplements unless your Dr did a 24 hour iodine urine output test/challenge you could be taking the wrong thing especially if you are TPO antibody positive...( you really need to find this out). Just because... (more)

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by 60 · about 21 hours ago

I was reading a post on this website by Stephen Ross called "the ultimate hack" that included a number of studies linking poor insulin sensitivity to various health conditions. Now I'm wondering how related insulin sensitivity is to conditions... (more)

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by 333 · about 21 hours ago

I have been eating lots of protein, avoiding carbs and sugars fairly well, and adding magnesium to help with insulin resistance and (ergo) weight loss. Now I remember why I quit taking it the last time I tried this miracle macro mineral. The scale... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 20, 2013 at 3:33 AM

It is definitely not bone density, as the difference would be minuscule. It's probably excess water. Any increase in the alkaline minerals such as potassium, sodium or magnesium will cause the body to hold a little more water in the cells to... (more)

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

Hello, this is my first question here :) Anyway, can you guys recomend some good paleo friendly shake options - nothing to sugary since I have insulin resistance and I'm looking to lose some weight. Thanks Everyone! Julia

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Janknitz 0 · May 20, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I make it up as I go along. The base is usually coconut milk or almond milk and crushed ice, then I add some instant (decaf!) coffee crystals, cinnamon, almond butter, sometimes protein powder or an egg (yes, pastured and RAW). Sometimes I'll... (more)

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by 103 · about 21 hours ago

Hi I was told recently that grapefruit juice helps with insulin resistance? Has anyone else been told this before?

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Crowbar_1 0 · April 19, 2013 at 11:01 PM

I just found out it can really mess with medications, which, well, who knew??

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by 0 · about 21 hours ago

I'm a 24 year old female, 5'8'', 242 pounds. I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance and probable PCOS (I'm waiting on a follow-up appointment to confirm the latter). I'm now taking metformin, and it really is a wonder drug. The pounds... (more)

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CD 0 · April 16, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Probably not, but don't be overly concerned about going over that amount. It might have worked today, but you are going to get hungry. And if you push too far you will have to binge which makes staying on the plan hard. Eat for health, not... (more)

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by 100 · about 21 hours ago

Made the mistake of going too low carb and stubbornly sticking with it for a year despite rapid weight gain. Just realized that my symptoms (lack of energy, cold extremities and puffy face) was from a sluggish thyroid. Even have slight darkening... (more)

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Lumifer_1 0 · April 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Um, go to a doctor and ask for a thyroid panel blood test. Make sure it includes free T3 beside TSH and the other usual stuff. If you think you have serious problems with your thyroid, get the hard data, don't rely on "it seems my symptoms could... (more)

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by 10 · about 21 hours ago

Hello there Paleo Hackers - I went VLC on the Paleo Diet 1 year ago and I loved it, save for one symptom: very dry skin. My hands looked like scales, I got dandruff, and I developed painful cracks at the corner of my mouth (Angular cheilitis). I... (more)

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Michael_17 0 · February 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Dry skin can be a sign of not eating enough PUFAs.

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by 2944 · about 21 hours ago

[edit] this turned out and looks quite the lenghty post, I hope you aren't deterred :) I obtained a meter a couple of months ago and have been testing a lot since. Fasting levels seem to average about 5 (90), randomly throughout the day is often... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · January 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I read your entire post. :) It seems you are just asking if eating only in a 4 hour evening window each day might be harmful. From listening to Robb Wolf's podcast, I think it can be stressful on your body to fast 20 hours every day. Whether... (more)

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by 10994 · about 21 hours ago

There is an easy-read version at the bottom. Part 1 is summarized below and the full text can be found here. I basically say that insulin resistance is bad. I show 30-ish epidemiological studies correlating insulin resistance with: Hair... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · December 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I would agree that improving body composition is the ultimate hack. Hands down I agree. I'm almost 23 years old now, but when I was 12-15 years, I was extremely depressed, had terrible self esteem, body dismorphia, and severe anorexia. In my third... (more)

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by 208 · about 21 hours ago

first, I have been scouring PH for previous posts, none seem to address my question or they made me have new questions. This is my second day of monitoring BG. I am a non-diabetic, overweight female. I have also slipped significantly in my... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · December 08, 2012 at 6:57 PM

No, it isn't unusual to have your fasting BG be the highest, especially when eating low-carb. Research "dawn phenomenon;" your liver prepares you for waking and can cause a spike.

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by 5 · about 21 hours ago

I went raw vegan almost a year ago now on a whim. I was and still am suffering from tremendous neck and back pain and bought into the idea it was from too much protein. After 10 months of starving and loosing a lot of muscle and not feeling right... (more)

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Eugenia 0 · November 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Seeds and nuts should be eaten in moderation, not as a staple. You don't mention green leafy vegetables, which are the ones Paleo mostly endorses. As for fruits, try berries for a while with rarely any other type of fruit. So go for: fish,... (more)

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by 825 · about 21 hours ago

I've lost weight effortlessly on a very low carb diet, but I have liver disease and feel awful on that type of eating plan. I also can't tolerate more than 20 grams of carbs per meal. Obviously, I need calories from fat or carbs but can't tolerate... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · November 21, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Tubers, fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables equaling greater than 50g and bellow whatever level leaves you with ill effect (150g is a good enough starting point to work from).

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by 15400 · about 21 hours ago

I watched this video: The Battle of the Diets and around 42:00 the professor explained that people with insulin resistance did better on LC diet, but people with insulin sensitivity did better on higher carb diets. What is the difference... (more)

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Gareth_1 0 · November 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Insulin resistance is a condition where your body does not respond to insulin and insulin sensitivity is the degree to which cells respond to insulin.

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by 20 · about 21 hours ago

Hey, I wasn't sure what to title this post as. Basically I'm wondering what the best diet is for someone with diabetes type 2, they used to take injections but now have drugs instead. This person is overweight with various other ailments. ... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · October 04, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Dieticians and doctors routinely tell diabetics that they "need" the carbs so that they won't become hypoglycemic. This is because they have them on so much medication that hypoglycemia becomes an issue. Eliminate the carbs and blood sugars... (more)

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by 25 · about 21 hours ago

I had been playing with Paleo for a few weeks and kept putting it off because I am waiting to do blood tests on day 3 of my next cycle for PCOS, including a fasting glucose blood test. I didn't want a low-carb-ish diet to interfere with the... (more)

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jessica_11 0 · February 14, 2013 at 8:36 PM

what is rob wolfs protocol? from personal evidence i would suggest going super low carb, ala a keto diet with an emphasis on fertility inducing healthy fats, omega threes and a good dose of vitamins. it has restored my periods to normal in two... (more)

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by 5 · about 21 hours ago

Frustration... I recently had a very bad reaction to a series of Hep B vaccine - bad polyarthritis, eye, ear problems, dizzy, etc etc. I had no insurance at the time (pre-Medicare) so I went on an elimination diet for it. In Feb of 2012, I ended... (more)

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miked_2 0 · August 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Chris Kresser has a good piece on this. The basic point is that A1C is just a measure of the fraction of blood cells that are "runined" by sugar. The rate of reaction of ruining the blood cells goes up as blood sugar goes up. However, as blood... (more)

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by 1213 · about 21 hours ago

After I came across Chris Kresser's article (here), I bought a glucometer and strips and checked out my BG according to his protocol. The first two days, everything was gravy. Fasting BG is around 79, and the highest I saw it hit was 116 1 hr... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · July 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

My first recommendation is to stay away from the Waffle House. My second recommendation is to experiment on yourself. It is very possible that you created physiological insulin resistance by being low-carb. You can flesh it out by experimenting... (more)

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by 4413 · about 21 hours ago

I know there are other threads on this topic and I have read a lot of them. I just wonder if there is anything more current than this article from 2007 to help me understand this. Perhaps its still current and valid.... (more)

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Big_Kitty 0 · June 19, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Increase your carbohydrate (ie,acceptable starches) intake. By avoiding carbohydrates you are decreasing your insulin sensitivity by not giving your body a chance to adapt and process this macronutrient. Think: Would you become a more efficient... (more)

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by 15 · about 21 hours ago

Hi, My girlfriend has PCOS and although she has always had a little bit of spider veins on her thighs (since she was a teenager or so), she now started having new ones on her derriere. Could it be related to PCOS? Insulin resistance? Does any... (more)

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Paleomofo 0 · June 19, 2012 at 6:43 AM

I heard dabbing vinegar helps. Not sure if it's true though. Butter with their K2 content may help. Overall, butter is good anyway. Food for thought: http://paleohacks.com/questions/24900/supplements-coq10-vitamin-k2-are-they-needed (more)

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