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Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance Questions

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by 0 · about 10 hours ago

Hi all, I've been paleo off and on for about a year, but strictly gluten free since I began. Within the last few weeks I've really gotten much stricter about macros, whole foods, soaking any nuts/seeds I eat, etc, and I have some questions... (more)

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Beth_15 0 · April 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM

I would say it's the move away from all non-paleo food. If a person comes to paleo from a meat-avoidant lifestyle, she feels better for a while...say, 6 months? At some point, however, the body tells us very clearly what it wants. I think we... (more)

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by 0 · about 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 45 · about 10 hours ago

Most of the time I eat lower-carb. 2 meals per day, <40g per meal from veggies and the occasional nuts/legumes. I do periodic carb-ups sometimes timed around workouts, sometimes the night before, and sometimes just because. I have no... (more)

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Hepoberman 0 · September 01, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Just keep an eye on your blood sugar. A cheap glucose meter from walmart is under $20. Depending on the individual, a glucose bolus can be terribly harmful. Once serum glucose goes over 140, serious and most likely permanent damage is being... (more)

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by 0 · about 10 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 10 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 10 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 1974 · about 10 hours ago

I have been Paleo for about a year but recently fell into a couple months of cheating. For about a week now I have been back to a healthy diet. 90% of my cheats were sugar related - candy and icecream. I get extreme sugar cravings. I have been... (more)

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NewPaleon 0 · July 09, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Like you, I've always been in the healthy weight range for my height. Paleo helped me get rid of dermatitis and digestive issues but I had terrible cravings for sweets and cookies every afternoon. Then I read in Perfect Health Diet that you can... (more)

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by 50 · about 10 hours ago

I am pretty convinced the the American diet of too many grains and fully of antinutrients has made so many people defficient leading to so many health problems with obesity and skin. What I don't understand is if these anti-nutrients leach... (more)

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harnessedinslums 0 · June 02, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Soaking, sprouting, and cooking removes the lectins but apparently not all of the phytic acid, which inhibits the absorption of the minerals in the grains and other food that the grains come into contact with in the digestive tract. Fermentation... (more)

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by 103 · about 11 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 100 · about 11 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 125 · about 11 hours ago

Hi, can someone provide a complete noob desription in laymans terms as to why carbs make us fat and how paleo can help? In particular how do we become insulin resistant? I've read a few descriptions but it's made me confused (maybe i'm a bit... (more)

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Mash 0 · March 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I had the morning off so thought I would answer this. Carbohydrates don't directly make you fat any more then consuming any macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein, fat) can directly make you fat. What you need to understand though is that the... (more)

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by 10 · about 11 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 11 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 697 · about 11 hours ago

Some of these conditions seem to have overlapping symptoms; so I'm wondering which ones are true regarding each-other. I'm sure you've heard people explain them many times, so there seems to be a general consensus, but which ones are they. Here... (more)

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by 10994 · about 11 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 697 · about 11 hours ago

I'm trying to figure out the metabolic reason for my weight-loss despite my thyroid on the verge of going hypo. I eat LC paleo, only carbs are rice and starches from veggies Light excersise - i'll shoot hoops or walk around campus daily (more)

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Christina_13 0 · December 17, 2012 at 4:12 AM

So, let me get this straight, you want to gain weight? If that is the case, I highly suggest increasing your carbs! Could you give more info though? I am kind of confused.

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by 208 · about 11 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 10994 · about 11 hours ago

This question is important to me and I plan on giving it a bounty after the necessary waiting time passes (48 hrs), please tell me what you think. Have I found the ultimate Health Hack? When this question is through I hope to convince you that... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · December 09, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Yes it is, and I have been saying this since the first day I signed up here. It is why I am adamantly opposed to high fat, ketogenic diets as they do not increase insulin sensitivity. Aside from probably exacerbating insulin resistance, they don't... (more)

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by 5 · about 11 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 15400 · about 11 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 298 · about 11 hours ago

I've been searching for, but could not find any research-based proofs on the role of chromium supplements and their effects on increasing insulin sensitivity in humans. Are there any? I know that there was some controversy as to the fact that... (more)

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PhysiqueRescue 0 · October 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I've been supplementing with Chromium Polynicotinate. When I first started Paleo, I noticed it did help with any sugar cravings I had (not sure if placebo or not, but it's still an effect). Here is writeup on it with some links to studies.... (more)

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by 20 · about 11 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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