Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin Sensitivity Questions

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by 1523 · about 8 hours 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 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

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 · about 8 hours 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 292 · about 8 hours 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 8 hours 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 8 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 3150 · about 8 hours 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 8 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 8 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 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 208 · about 8 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 15400 · about 8 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 1213 · about 9 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 145 · about 9 hours ago

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 · about 9 hours ago

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 4283 · about 9 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 9 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 193 · about 9 hours ago

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 · about 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 155 · about 9 hours ago

Hello, I am not diabetic but I was interested if anyone had any advice or could point me to some articles regarding the practical steps that may be required when transitioning to a paleo diet as well as any dangers that may arise? Can a T2... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · September 20, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Forgive me if you know already, but Dr. Bernstein's book is the usual source for this. There's also another book focused on diet, which is maybe more appropriate for your or your friend's concerns. (more)

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