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Has your carb tolerance decreased with age?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Some people have always been sensitive to carbs but others may have found that as they got older their tolerance for carbs decreased.

Following from the excellent question on carb tolerance vs ethinicity, which considered differences on carb sensitivity arising from the genetics of ethnic backgrounds, I would like to ask this question from an epigenetic perspective (epigenetic state alters with age).

Have you found carb tolerance (for those of you who are carb sensitive) to decrease with age?

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on October 27, 2012
at 01:36 AM

That's a very important distinction - whether the intolerance is from the glycemic load or allergens such as gluten.

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on October 25, 2012
at 11:11 AM

Wanted to clarify that it's stress that causes the "carb intolerance" when we age, people sort of "burn out" with inflammation when they age, and that's why I had it manifest when eating something that stressed me.

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on October 25, 2012
at 10:56 AM

No, I have not, the only time my (pretty excellent to be honest) carb tolerance decreased was when eating lots of meat, and fat. It's luckily back to normal now ever since I decreased the meat and fat, and upped the carbs.

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on October 25, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Yes, I caught T2 diabetes when I was 39, and now I can't tolerate carbs at all.

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on October 25, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Actually I am not sure if my carb tolerance has changed with age. If I look at photographs of myself in my 20s, I was the most obese I ever was, even if I didn't weigh the most I ever did. My doctor was warning me about my triglycerides when I was 19. What finally pushed me over the edge into full-on insulin resistance was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which I did in my mid-40s. After that experience I had runaway weight gain, insatiable hunger, unending inflammation, worse blood markers--high triglycerides, poor CRP, high total cholesterol, fair ratios.

With a year of paleo under my belt, I feel my carb tolerance has improved and I'm in my late 40s now. I haven't had another blood test, but I assume at least my triglycerides are improved. I feel great. I'm so much stronger and more energetic. I can eat potatoes all day long and I don't feel appreciably different than if I eat meat all day long.

My carb intolerance may have been sugar, flour and wheat intolerance, a lack of protein and a lack of nutrients.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 27, 2012
at 01:36 AM

That's a very important distinction - whether the intolerance is from the glycemic load or allergens such as gluten.

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on October 25, 2012
at 02:35 PM

It sure seems like it. I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted with no noticeable effect. Today, not so much.

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on October 25, 2012
at 12:18 PM

I can't tolerate as much but I can still tolerate a lot. I heard an N=1 story years ago in Japan about rice being a good diet for his kids but not as suitable for him as he aged. I have to stay active to burn them up.

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