Between May 2011 and May 2012 I started eating high (healthy) fat and continued with my low carb., very low sugar and high protein diet. I got yearly labs done and I improved significantly in all areas of Cardiovascular risk. Total cholesterol has gone down since eating higher saturated fat!! Love that. All measures are in the optimal range in this area. However my fasting Glucose and Insulin are both too high (98 and 9.00)
My ND kept repeating that its from Carbs and sugar... sigh. Its not. I asked her to think about it more because in this case, that is not the answer.
Unfortunately my Hgb A1C was not tested this time but it was 5.70 (high according to my ND) when tested a year ago. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks
98 for fasting glucose is not really that high, IMO. Also you probably need to do more tests, that is have more samples to work with. If you have a glucose meter you can test yourself every AM for a few days and see what your average really is.
However, as i said, 98 is not all that high. IMO you are not doing any internal organ damage at that level. With your meter, you might want to check your postprandial readings, that is say one hour and two hours after eating.
If you stay LC and paleo, you probably will not do further harm to your pancreas beta cells.
Good advice here so far -- excessive protein can raise blood glucose (and therefore insulin), but how much is "excessive" is an individual thing. I agree that a fasting BG of 98 isn't super high, but it could stand to be lower. Is the 98 you cited from only one test? If you're concerned, get yourself a meter (can be bought at most drug stores these days) and test on a regular basis. If it was just the one day's result, it could just be an aberration.
How stressed out do you normally feel? High stress levels - especially for long periods of time - can elevate blood glucose even if you're following a lower-carb plan. (Due to the effects of cortisol.)
Peter at Hyperlipid has something interesting to say about this here. Essentially, your muscles and other tissues are becoming insulin resistant, since they can run on fat, in order to save glucose for the brain which needs it more.
It is probably too much protein. See:
The High Blood Glucose Dilemma on Low Carb (LC) Diets [http://paleohacks.com/questions/108225/the-high-blood-glucose-dilemma-on-low-carb-lc-diets#axzz1y3v57ipl]
: The High Blood Glucose Dilemma on Low Carb (LC) Diets http://paleohacks.com/questions/108225/the-high-blood-glucose-dilemma-on-low-carb-lc-diets#axzz1y3v57ipl
Your liver releases glucose while preparing your body to wake up and begin the day. My morning glucose reading is always higher than it was before I went to bed. If you are insulin resistant, your cells won't take up the glucose any better than if you were to eat a doughnut.