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by 60 · August 17, 2013 at 5:34 AM

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 · July 26, 2013 at 4:13 AM

So this may have been the biggest binge I've had since going Paleo: my stomach for reference is SO FULL that I can't breathe. Nothing I ate was considered "SAD" but it was a lot nonetheless. I've been doing IF for the past week 16 hours fasted 8... (more)

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Riceball 0 · July 26, 2013 at 3:20 AM

IF seems to have mixed results for women, as they are more sensitive to this. I have tried IF, but it was a no-go. I'd go nuts on food. Try Eat, Stop, Eat. It works for me because the next day I can eat my three meals a day at conventional times.... (more)

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by 2401 · June 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

So, was hoping to start a list of all known supplements, foods, activities, and techniques to increases insulin sensitivity. Fire away.

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raydawg 0 · June 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I'd add to the above, doing intermittent fasting, and then on the days you do work, work out fasted, and don't have a post workout meal for about an hour, and follow that by a high carb, high protein meal, as per Art De Vany. Both IF, and not... (more)

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by 1032 · June 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

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 288 · June 07, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Hey guys, I'm training in the gym a lot and am working on fat loss.. For this i am trying to become more insulin sensitive so my body uses my stored fat as it's source of energy! I love fruit though! But have cut it out for the past week... (more)

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Hannah__1 0 · June 07, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I am a type 1 diabetic and I find that the fruits that require the least insulin for me are strawberries, blue berries, lemon, and limes. In moderation of course. Hope this helps!

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by 10 · June 08, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I've been VLC Paleo for 6 weeks. I was already gluten and dairy free. I am also practicing IF -- my eating window is 2pm to 8pm. I was excited to weigh myself after the first 4 weeks, expecting some fabulous weight loss results. I lost 4 pounds. I... (more)

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Mr_Snowman 0 · June 08, 2013 at 9:29 AM

If you are quite obese and quickly switched to a VLC diet, then I would expect you to lose more than 4 lbs. A lot of people will lose 2x that much in just water weight, and continue losing up to 10% of their weight without much trouble. Could... (more)

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by 100 · June 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

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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Dragonfly 0 · May 29, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Physiological insulin resistance from going vlc will reverse itself in a matter of days, once you add carbs back in. This is assuming you were metabolically insulin-sensitive pre-vlc. While you are getting your thyroid tested, get your D3 level... (more)

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by 3157 · July 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

A little background: I was more or less obese when I was child because I ate a lot of crap and didn't almost move from the sofa. Then at 22 I started doing fitness/endurance running and improved a lot, but always struggled to get 'ripped to the... (more)

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DeadMan 0 · July 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I tried doing this religiously for years and now I'm dying. I have lost muscle mass, have no energy, and all bodily functions seem to be operating at a senior citizen level. I must have been eating wrong and doing the wrong exercises it seems. (more)

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by 9387 · January 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

My understanding is that one of the principles behind CBL is that muscular insulin sensitivity is relatively low in the morning and relatively high in the evening. Is that true? Why? My own layman's explanation would be that using your muscles... (more)

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BigPapaChakra 0 · January 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM

You have it reversed. Kiefer says Insulin sensitivity is highest in the morning, which is why lot's of people recommend eating carbs in the morning, but get it wrong. If you don't eat in the morning, and break fast with no carbs, you remain in a... (more)

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by 148 · April 19, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Carb cycling seems to work amazing for reaching a very low body fat percentage, but I can't find any convincing arguments for how it might work, and if it might be a healthy thing to do long term. Any ideas? I initially lost 50lbs going very low... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · January 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM

I'm sure this book would explain the science behind it: http://www.amazon.com/The-Carb-Nite-Solution-Physicists/dp/1419613103/ I haven't read it, but from listening to Kiefer on podcasts, I believe it recommends almost exactly what you're doing:... (more)

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by 10 · July 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Im already attacking this problem the best i can with diet & exercise, but im looking to give myself any boost i can with non-prescription supplements. I already have a list of supplements that im currently looking through peer reviewed lit... (more)

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Nasty_Brutish_and_Short 0 · July 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM

http://examine.com/topics/Insulin+Sensitivity/

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by 11011 · December 17, 2012 at 5:19 PM

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 11011 · May 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

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 208 · December 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I decided to start testing my blood sugar. I am non-diabetic but overweight. 1) as a non-scale way of measuring my progress 2) I like to collect data anyway 3) I think seeing the stark numbers will reinforce dietary discipline. When I am... (more)

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texas210 0 · December 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

To answer your last question your number should be involved with time of day/time since last meal/what kind of meal. Check this out http://www.foodloversdiet-s.com/blood-sugar-levels-chart.html (more)

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by 15380 · December 04, 2012 at 9:47 PM

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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Colin_1 0 · December 04, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Interesting video thanks VB, so I've always experienced negative side effects when dropping carbs and have attributed this to poor metabolic health possibly poor liver gallbladder function. But I'm not so sure anymore maybe I'm just really insulin... (more)

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by 10 · November 01, 2012 at 5:20 AM

I just heard Tim Ferriss talk about perfectly timing his post-work out shake recovery properly by having it before his work out depending on particular work outs. He says, "during the window within which I had maximal insulin sensivity and best... (more)

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by 293 · October 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

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 1206 · December 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

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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primallykosher 0 · July 28, 2012 at 2:54 AM

You could try upping your protein a bit and may ditch the white rice. See if it spikes as much.

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by 145 · February 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Probably a basic question, but... I have PCOS (insulin/testosteron issues) and just lost about 17 pounds in a few months. I think i've cheated once in the past 6 months by having a breakfast croissant. For some reason, probably becasue I'm going... (more)

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Aglaee_the_Paleo_RD 0 · February 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Congrats on your achievements! It is normal to gain weight after increasing your sugar intake but be aware that a large proportion of this weight will be water weight. A one time 25 g of extra carbs shouldn't set you back too much in your... (more)

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by 691 · September 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM

What anti-inflammatory strategies and or food/supplements improve your improve insulin sensitivity? There is so much discussion and research being done on the link between inflammation and in the development of insulin resistance. Scientists now... (more)

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Harmen 0 · September 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory and improves insulin sensitivity. Magnesium, chromium improve sensitivity aswel, and exercise is king.

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by 4240 · October 31, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I'm curious if anyone else is having this issue. I've been on a paleo diet for almost a year and a half and have had great success with it as it relates to controlling my diabetes. I have been a type 1 diabetic for almost 26 years and have never... (more)

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Typeonepointfive 0 · October 31, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Sorry, this is a technological answer, but I really don't think it's to do with any particular type of diet. It's almost part and parcel of having T1 for a while. If you've had a lot of hypos recently you will be less likely to feel them, this... (more)

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by 15 · October 23, 2011 at 12:20 PM

I've read about CLA and ALA (alpha lipoic acid) to help treat insulin resistance. Anyone have any experience with or knowledge of these supplements? I know diet and exercise are huge factors in increasing insulin sensitivity but I was wondering if... (more)

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Ipso_Facto 0 · October 23, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Drink some green tea in the afternoon. You'll find that green tea works better than ALA or Chromium combined in dopping blood sugar. I never saw much hypoglycemic effect from ALA nor Chromium, supposedly insulin mimetics. The effect is huge... (more)

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by 166 · November 11, 2012 at 2:33 AM

I've done experiments with taking fruit in and out of my diet for a while now. I discovered that when I'm low carb or zero carb I always look thinner and feel better. Is this the tell tale sign that I have insulin senstivity?

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Rogue_Nutritionist 0 · June 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I'm the same way...when the only carbs I eat are low sugar veggies, I look and feel better in every way...I inevitably slip into eating some fruit in the summer, and then usually add some nuts, before I know what hit me, I'm baking cookies with... (more)

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by 20222 · May 18, 2014 at 6:09 AM

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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pone 0 · May 18, 2014 at 6:09 AM

I am using both the NIPRO TrueResult and Abbott Freestyle Lite glucometers. What I have discovered is that when I supplement sodium (and potassium) at about 150 mg in 12 ounces of water, eight times a day, the TrueResult starts to read glucose... (more)

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by 12048 · April 27, 2011 at 1:23 AM

stephan announced on his blog that he will release his idea on "a method that goes beyond symptomatic treatment and allows the body to naturally return to a lower fat mass". being that he has written extensively about leptin in the past, i'm sure... (more)

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Ducks 0 · April 25, 2011 at 7:16 PM

It does not have to be an either/or. Everything in your body has some modest amount of coordination. Insulin and leptin could have a strong physiological link. (Not to use the above to endorse any pseudoscience craziness like acupuncture, just... (more)