Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin Sensitivity Questions

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by 1523 · about 1 hour ago

I came from the LeanGains camp where you probably shouldn't be consuming anything above 10 or 15 calories during your fasting period. I've noticed a lot of people talk about using coffee, or coffee with MCT oil or butter, until they "break" their... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · December 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I agree. I believe the real benefits of fasting come from the autophagy process. When you consume pure fat, even though it does not illicit an insulin response, it still provides useable exogeneous energy for your body, so it doesn't have to tap... (more)

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by 2407 · about 1 hour ago

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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thhq 0 · June 17, 2013 at 3:43 AM

Last year my insulin resistance (LPIR) was extremely low. Possible causes: -healthy weight, constant within 5 lbs. -high seafood diet, especially high in clams and oysters. -daily exercise, averaging 3 hours/day walking or biking. -daily... (more)

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by 1097 · about 1 hour 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 292 · about 1 hour ago

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 · about 1 hour ago

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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NewPaleon 0 · May 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Not sure that a squeeze of lime juice is the problem. Do you exercise? 30 minutes of daily exercise and sunlight in addition to proper vitamin supplementation helped my hubby shed 25 lbs in 2 mos. But I notice that his weight loss is stalled when... (more)

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by 100 · about 1 hour 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 3150 · about 1 hour ago

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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Kashkillz 0 · March 29, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Tim Ferriss discusses this in 4-Hour Body. Through n=1 experimentation he was able to determine optimal timing for best results. Which he found to be 15 minutes before eating and again 45 minutes after eating. Just light body-weight stuff to get... (more)

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by 9402 · about 2 hours ago

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 · about 2 hours ago

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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J_Lock 0 · January 09, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I feel as though "carb" refeeding is not exact enough. If you are eating a low GI food or a high GI food makes a difference. What is happening with a refeed is you are restoring glycogen. You can do this safely by eating something that does not... (more)

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by 10994 · about 2 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 2 hours ago

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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karstyl 0 · December 21, 2012 at 9:14 PM

The things that I think help: Cut back on fructose. If you must sweeten use a glucose syrup. I posted this article on another thread, fructose does cause more insulin resistance then glucose: http://www.jci.org/articles/view/37385 Fast... (more)

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by 298 · about 2 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 1213 · about 2 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 4283 · about 2 hours ago

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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paleohacks 0 · October 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM

I am surprised that you weren't informed by your doctor how frequent this is. Typical reason why I think people shouldn't depend on doctors opinion alone. It has nothing to do with stuff Trevis mentioned here and medications might be a problem,... (more)

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by 15 · about 2 hours ago

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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The_Quilt 0 · October 23, 2011 at 4:36 AM

CLA is worthless as a supplement. You need to get it from food because most supplements have omega 6 oils as a source of the CLA. You need higher oral and topic sources of Magnesium. You need a lot of things to optimize mitochondrial... (more)

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by 20411 · about 2 hours 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 12407 · about 2 hours ago

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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Ron_Rosedale_M_D_ 0 · April 27, 2011 at 1:23 AM

The merit worthy "grand theory" of obesity and health will unlikely be new, but will likely be connected with insulin, leptin and leptin resistance. The point missed by most everybody concerning leptin resistance is that leptin levels and leptin... (more)

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by 545 · about 2 hours ago

I use a fair amount of stevia extract (drops). I add it to my morning coffee, sometimes I make stevia-sweetened gelatin for snacks. I have read various places that certain artificial sweeteners can cause an insulin release- so if there isn't... (more)

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Dana_1 0 · March 20, 2011 at 11:11 PM

You can't exist without any sugar in the blood. You will always have some sugar in your system because some of your tissues have no mitochondria in the cells, or not enough to get by on fatty acid metabolism, so they need glucose instead. A few... (more)

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by 11111 · about 2 hours 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 2399 · about 2 hours ago

I read somewhere that the combo of high glucose and low insulin may indicate that there isn't enought being insulin produced but (again) I can't seem to find the ref so if anyone has anything to share, please do. My numbers (after a 12 hour fast)... (more)

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Dave_S_ 0 · November 10, 2010 at 7:36 PM

"Are elevated glucose and low insulin problematic?" Nope. In fact your numbers are excellent and typical for a low carb eater. For a complete analysis, I defer to Peter at... (more)

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by 1159 · about 2 hours ago

I'm thinking about going very low-carb and therefore considering ditching fruit for at least one month, for gut healing purposes and to become more insulin sensitive. The only thing that is holding me back is the idea that if i cut on fruits i... (more)

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pfw 0 · August 06, 2010 at 11:08 AM

For a month? You'll be fine. I did a year without much trouble. As already noted, Stefansson did a year without any trouble. People at ZIOH have done it for longer. Don't worry about cutting out fruit - fruit doesn't contain anything you can't get... (more)

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by 2254 · about 2 hours ago

Are there any tell-tale signs that your body is adequately insulin sensitive (as opposed to insulin resistant)? And more generally, that you have the much-touted "healthy metabolism" (whatever that may be)? Some ideas I've heard: you're insulin... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · June 27, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Best way to know? Next time you get a complete blood panel, ask if insulin will be measured (your blood glucose will). after looking at the reference ranges, THEN test your blood sugar after meals (15 min, 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour -- YES 3 hours). ... (more)

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by 295 · about 2 hours ago

There seems to be conflicting ideas about how to approach weight loss if you are highly insulin resistant and overweight. PANU recommends 80% fat diet while Robb Wolf advocates 1g of protein per pound of bodyweight a day for overweight people.... (more)

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Suzan_1 0 · March 16, 2010 at 3:25 PM

I have no good answer to this question. That's the problem! There are so many conflicting ideas within the low-carb and Paleo community regarding weight loss that I think there is no pat answer. It is extremely frustrating for those of us who are... (more)

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by 13983 · about 2 hours ago

I was listening to the Robb Wolf podcast yesterday and he talked about how we'll likely sleep more in the winter and less in the summer (Ep 5 or 17?). It reminded me of a question I'd had a few days ago: Is insulin sensitivity seasonal; and if... (more)

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Mady 0 · March 16, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Temperature affects your body's sugar uptake. I believe that it is not insulin sensitivity so much as non insulin basal glucose uptake. Type 1 diabetics have a tendency toward low blood sugar in very hot weather, and high blood sugar in cold... (more)

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by 10994 · October 30, 2014 at 4:32 AM

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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