Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance Questions

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by 0 · about 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 10 · about 8 hours ago

Hi. I have recently seen my leptin resistance go away as my appetite has normalised (first time in my life). I'm really enjoying being free from the constant hunger and worry about food. What I wanted to know is if anyone knows how closely... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · August 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

As far as I know (no doc here, just an educated layperson, based on Dr Kruse ideas and some others), it seems that leptin resistance precedes insulin resistance. Leptin receptors at the hypothalamuns account for the body status of energy. If this... (more)

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by 333 · about 8 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 1097 · about 8 hours ago

Or is it not really possible to 'fix' it once you've got it? I started at 255 lbs on a 5'7" female frame, with undiagnosed (but really obvious) insulin resistance. (PCOS, fat, skin tags, dark skin around my neck, etc.) I'm very (as in, 1 lb) close... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · June 13, 2013 at 3:26 AM

Do you test your blood sugar levels? I reversed my IR by losing 85 lbs and check my levels every few days. I still have another 70 or 80 to go. I cannot eat more than 50 grams of carbs a day without my numbers creeping up over a few days.... (more)

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by 103 · about 8 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 8 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 0 · about 8 hours ago

Hello! First I would like to start with a bit of history to give you all my current situation: I was physically active and seemingly in good shape until I was 13. From 13-15 I started having very small issues with eczema (inside of forearms),... (more)

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VB 0 · April 01, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I have a question for you, do you have any food cravings? If you do, can you list them? Like what kind of foods do you crave?

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by 125 · about 8 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 8 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 25 · about 8 hours ago

I am on the Paleo to get health and to lose weight. I know that certain foods should be avoided to help, such as high fructose fruits. I was wondering if is okay to eat tomatoes when on the paleo, having a few a day, some for lunch and some for... (more)

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Eric_13 0 · January 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I don't think that tomatoes are a problem as far as weight loss - no one gets/stays overweight due to too many tomatoes. Even being insulin resistant and having struggled with weight loss for more than 9 years, I don't think it's necessary to... (more)

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by 10994 · about 8 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 10994 · about 8 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 8 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 20 · about 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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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