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Insulin Sensitivity

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by 60 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

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 2407 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 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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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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 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 292 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 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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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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 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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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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

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 10 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 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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MathGirl72 0 · January 05, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Cinnamon helps with insulin sensitivity. It is sold in capsules or you can mix it in with foods.

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by 1523 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

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 10984 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 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 10984 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 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 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 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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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 15400 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 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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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 10 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

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 298 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 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 1213 · September 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM

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 145 · September 16, 2014 at 7:38 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 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

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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Paleo2_0 0 · November 04, 2011 at 1:50 PM

According to the papers in Jaminet's latest safe starch post, the cultures that eat the most carbs seem to have the best insulin sensitivity. I believe Carbsane has also reviewed quite few papers showing that glucose increases insulin... (more)

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by 4273 · September 16, 2014 at 7:32 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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dzone 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 · September 16, 2014 at 7:32 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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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 193 · September 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

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 20411 · September 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

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)