Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance Questions

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by 5 · 1 minute ago

Hi, I'm new. I'm a 23 year old female. I was diagnosed with insulin resistance about 4 years ago, but I suspect I had it from much earliear (I was an overweight teen). Both my sister and mom have it, my sister has PCOS (I don't). I was put on... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · May 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I think it is pretty complicated, but paleo in all of its forms has a good track record for helping with metabolic syndrome. Though I have had many, many improvements, and my most recent ultrasound showed that my ovaries no longer contain cysts... (more)

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by 435 · 2 minutes ago

I am female, 40, with PCOS and insulin resistance. Several years ago I lost 100 pounds by eating lower carb. I could have stood to lose another 50+ more, but at the time I was having trouble embracing meat so I just focused on maintaining. ... (more)

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HuntingBears 0 · May 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

You are probably struggling because at the start it is actually hard to get into, particularly body weight exercises because you can't adjust this like you could with a machine/free weights I think you just have to persist and maybe look at what... (more)

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by 18 · 6 minutes ago

My wife just was diagnosed with insulin resistance despite she does low carb paleo. We were shocked with the results... She is pretty lean and apparently healthy. Any other causes than bad eating habits??

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Dave_S_ 0 · April 04, 2012 at 4:18 PM

A low carb diet will tend to put you into a state of physiological (or muscular) insulin resistance. This is not the same as true (diabetic) insulin resistance. It's caused by a higher level of free fatty acids in the blood. Three days of eating... (more)

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by 0 · 6 minutes ago

All, Just got my labs back after being pretty strict paleo for about 4 to 5 months. *Component Your Value* CHOLESTEROL (LAB) 276 TRIGLYCERIDES 39 HDL CHOLESTEROL ... (more)

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Steve_32 0 · March 31, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Try this formula for calculating your ldl (LDL = TC/1.19 + TG/1.9 - HDL/1.1 - 38). Probably 130 or less, roughly calculating. The Friedewald formula the lab uses is not accurate if the trigs are over 400. The lab will not do the calculation in... (more)

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by 147 · 6 minutes ago

If you are on a ketogenic or very low carb (VLC) diet (e.g. with 50-100gr carb/day and/or eating ketone producing MCT oils such as coconut oil), you may have a dilemma of having high Blood Glucose (BG) despite eating LC: If you are keto adapted,... (more)

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Namby_Pamby 0 · March 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The overall issue is insulin sensitivity and the effect is somewhat exaggerated. The prior studies cited by Jaminet and others had rather large A1c ranges: 0.5 intervals. I doubt a VLC diet will push your FBG too much above 110. If you do, you... (more)

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by 384 · 6 minutes ago

Okay, Hackers...I need your sleuthing! So on the good side, my cholesterol numbers were much better than in the past. My LDL dropped about 40 points, so my breakdown looks like this now: HDL: 57 LDL: 123 Trigs: 73 Yes, my HDL could be higher,... (more)

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Cody_1 0 · March 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

One really interesting thing I find with folks is that there can be bloodwork numbers that defy rationalization - and that is because they are a SNAPSHOT of where you are RIGHT NOW - and if your body is in the middle of some change, they can... (more)

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by 15003 · 9 minutes ago

What: The Paleo Summit (see also this post) Who: Matt Stone ??? Independent Health Researcher Topic: Matt Stone Debunks The Paleo Diet. Is the Paleo diet a short-term fix? Are there any long-term side effects stemming from this way of eating?... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · February 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Perfect illustration of the problem of Matt Stone's philosophy (paraphrasing): Matt: See I fixed her and now she's perfect! Sean: But she's still 60 lbs overweight Matt: That's ok. She's perfectly healthy and all her other numbers are perfect... (more)

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by 608 · 11 minutes ago

I recently bought a Glucose meter to test my blood sugar. I took it yesterday about 3 hours after a meal and it read 100mg/dl. This morning I took it 12 hours after my last meal, and it read 112mg/dl. These numbers seem high. From my... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · February 02, 2012 at 4:18 PM

How many carbs do you eat? According to Chris Kresser, "very low-carb diets will produce elevated fasting blood glucose levels" and "if you eat a low-carb diet and have borderline high FBG (i.e. 90-105), it may not be cause for concern." Keep in... (more)

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by 1327 · 13 minutes ago

And what has been the process? I have suffered on and off from sugar crashes. They are fine now, but before I sorted my stuff out they were daily. It actually wasn't my main focus though, when I decided to make changes - I was primarily... (more)

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Nance 0 · January 07, 2012 at 6:52 PM

My experience matches yours almost exactly. What I don't know at this point is whether or not I have actually reversed/cured my pre-diabetic, leptin-resistant issues or whether I am in remission due to improved eating patterns. I mean, I don't... (more)

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by 2954 · 15 minutes ago

I bet this has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything. Okay, so I really fell off the Paleo wagon, REALLY BAD for a while, and now I am becoming insulin resistant again. I get hungry twice at night time, for example, even when I have a... (more)

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staceychev 0 · November 26, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I made coconut bark and my husband devoured it. Got the idea off another thread. It did have fruit in it but you could omit that along with the maple syrup. I eyeballed all the ratios, so you'll have to experiment. I melted coconut oil and... (more)

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by 499 · 16 minutes ago

I know there's a contingent of ladies with PCOS on PaleoHacks, and I was hoping some of y'all might be able to help me out here. Basically, I have PCOS, and for my adult life, without medication (the Pill until a few years ago, more recently... (more)

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syrahna 0 · November 18, 2011 at 11:24 PM

I had mild PCOS. After my initial diagnosis, I found paleo, put in a few months of fairly laid back paleo (I do well with dairy) with about 75-100 grams of carbs daily, depending on my activity level, and then went back for a follow up... (more)

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by 828 · 18 minutes ago

I'm about to embark headfirst into Dr. K's leptin reset due to the fact that I've been steadily gaining weight and exhibit many of the LR symptoms. I have PCOS and am probably insulin resistant. My basic take on the leptin reset is that if you... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · November 07, 2011 at 7:26 PM

If you are concerned, you could swap out NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) for your Metformin. I have no idea what effect Metformin will have on the Leptin Reset, but for women with PCOS, NAC outperformed Metformin and didn't have the side effects or price... (more)

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by 499 · 20 minutes ago

I'm new here, and looking into paleo as a way of helping to manage my PCOS (and concurrent insulin resistance). I've been cutting simple carbs and industrial oils out of my diet and increasing my fat consumption, though I'm still eating legumes... (more)

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Alchemille 0 · September 15, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I recently learned that glycemic problems (whether hyper/diabetes or hypo) are the result of a lack of chromium and/or vanadium. I've been having hypoglycemia since childhood and since I started taking these in colloidal form (a couple weeks ago),... (more)

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by 20411 · 22 minutes ago

If I understand Dr. K's blog post below, that is what he is asserting: http://jackkruse.com/gnolls-com-opens-the-door-to-obesity-fight/ It seems plausible, and of course as a T2, I'm very interested... Any papers that support this? (Wow, Dr K.... (more)

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free3337 0 · August 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Here's a few relevant studies: Mg in diabetic rats: better glucose control and less diabetes development. Low Mg diets in healthy humans for 4 weeks: 25% reduced insulin sensitivity. Mg in diabetics: increased insulin sensitivity.... (more)

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by 39841 · 23 minutes ago

As a preface, let me confess that in spite of the fact that people are talking about leptin everywhere I go on the internet, I have spent zero time looking into it (beyond initially finding a simple definition) until this morning. I've always... (more)

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donat 0 · August 13, 2011 at 6:32 AM

The most interesting questions often tend to get buried on PH. I could barely find this again today. I'm just wondering if you tested your hypothesis / yourself with a fruit + extra vitamin C challenge? In particular does the extra ascorbic acid... (more)

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by 5 · 24 minutes ago

how to gain weight on paleo? I am mexican, 33 years old, used to eat lots of fast carbs, lots of bread, pasta, rice, and saturated fat of the mexican traditional food, suffered hypertension 140/110, fatigue, anxiety due to reactive hypoglicemia,... (more)

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Erica_5 0 · July 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Hi, Victor. 8.3 % body fat is low for most men, but it's not a harmfully low amount. I wouldn't worry about it, especially since your overall health has improved so much on paleo in just few months. One of the symptoms of celiac is weight loss,... (more)

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by 539 · 25 minutes ago

If someone is insulin resistant and uses fasting to help rebuild sensitivity (let's say a 1-meal-a-day approach), would their insulin levels really quickly become sensitive again, or would it adapt to these long fasting periods (and remain a bit... (more)

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Bill1102inf 0 · December 24, 2011 at 1:36 AM

While your body is 'adapting' to fasting its tissues are becoming more sensitive to insulin. I honestly do not know if there are any clinical studies that can correlate adaption to fasting and sensitivity to insulin, or even if that is possible. ... (more)

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by 95 · 27 minutes ago

Since being on Paleo, I am aware that I am one of the few that is very insulin resistance, and if I don't consume low enough carbs, <20g per day, it would be very difficult for me to lose weight. My question is, is this a condition that will be... (more)

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ben61820 0 · June 21, 2011 at 12:53 PM

I hesitate to put this as an "answer" rather than a comment but lets see: Generally the fitter one is the more carbohydrate they can consume. Similarly, the less fit one is the less carbohydrate they should consume. So, once you are fitter than... (more)

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by 4283 · 27 minutes ago

Would injecting insulin into insulin resistant fat help eliminate it?

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miked_2 0 · June 20, 2011 at 8:53 PM

No, I think you're misunderstanding insulin resistance. First, the role of insulin: Insulin (very simply) is just a signal to tell your liver, fat, muscles to pickup sugar, fat, nutrients and store them. Think of it this way. Your pancreas... (more)

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by 20411 · 29 minutes ago

Okay, so last night I was making a batch of spiced burger patties for the week and just dumped what was left of my "Celtic Sea Salt Experiment" in with all the other spices. I kinda overdid it, cuz they are so salty I can hardly stand it. But I'm... (more)

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Alex_9 0 · May 16, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Eating a lot of salt results in water retention which can dilute glucose concentration. Thus, you may transiently appear to be hypoglycemic while you have retained water since a glucometer measures the concentration of glucose in serum rather than... (more)

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by 1906 · 31 minutes ago

On a recent Robb Wolf podcast, it was mentioned that some significant percentage (33%?)of autoimmune diseases appear to be linked to gluten sensitivity, insulin resistance, and/or intestinal permeability. Other autoimmune disease have not yet been... (more)

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Stacy_1 0 · April 01, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Robb has noted that in particular Celiac, Multiple Sclerosis, depression, Schizophrenia, Hashimoto???s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, thyroid dysfunction, Scleroderma, Sarcoidosis, Crohns, Cushing???s, Lupus, eczema, acne,... (more)

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by 435 · 34 minutes ago

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15297079 I'm still new to the paleo lifestyle so when I see a study like that, it worries me a little, even though I know it's probably hogwash. What do you guys think of the conclusion they drew? That saturated... (more)

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thaneverbefore 0 · February 24, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Stephan has a post on the subject: Saturated Fat and Insulin Sensitivity Edit: and another: Saturated Fat, Glycemic Index and Insulin Sensitivity: Another Nail in the Coffin (more)

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by 359 · 37 minutes ago

I've been paleo for about 18 months now, and pretty strict about it for the most part. I eat pretty low carb, probably between 40 and 60 grams of carbs a day. But my blood glucose is persistently on the high side, around 6.0 mmol in the morning... (more)

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David_Moss 0 · November 25, 2010 at 9:17 AM

That low carbers will become physiologically insulin resistant, as Eva has mentioned and that this is a normal adaptation, has been well established by Peter and Stephan. Still, while it is obviously evolutionarily sensible for your body to spare... (more)

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by 11111 · 37 minutes ago

I have been Paleo for over 3 months now. Was told I am 'pre-diabetic' so I have started testing my blood glucose levels recently. What I have noticed is my morning levels are usually around 90 (approx 6:30am) but 5-6 hours later (approx 17 hours... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · November 16, 2010 at 5:37 PM

The answer is here with Peter. Search also his other tags on the right-hand side on the same topic. We've addressed this and things related to this on paleohacks here and here. (more)

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by 20787 · 38 minutes ago

I have heard some say that insulin resistance is helped by low carb diets. I have seen studies showing improved fasting blood glucose levels after eating lowcarb for even only a few weeks. I have also heard some say that eating lowcarb causes... (more)

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Kamal 0 · October 09, 2010 at 5:05 AM

While there's a lot to chew on for this topic, the good doctor Harris explains it well: "Peripheral (muscle) insulin resistance is a normal response to VLC as your muscles are running on fatty acids- otherwise you would get hypoglycemic. The... (more)

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