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I have always been active my whole life and ate fairly healthy throughout my childhood, at least I thought I did. I did eat a ton of dairy and wheat but I ate vegetables, liver, bone broth, well cooked beans and lots of fruit. I was an under eater and over exerciser, though, and that really did a number on my hormones. I began dieting in 2008 to attempt to fix digestive issues and lingering skin issues, as well as other symptoms that since have been resolved on the paleo diet. I had a stint where I ate the typical bodybuilders diet of lots of chicken breast, raw oats, sprouted bread, brown rice, high fat dairy, and tuna. Quickly after I began a very low fat diet, where I ate lots of quinoa, millet, buckwheat, almond milk, legumes and only one serving of meat a week.
Why did I do all this? I don't know, I guess I just wanted good skin, and I thought this kind of diet would help. I was never overweight, not even skinny fat. Anyways the diet completely destroyed my digestion, and I quickly found BEE's Candida site, which promoted a high fat diet similar to the "Optimal Diet" to cure Candida, which I pinpointed as my new enemy and Bee, as my savior. I was a bit hesitant at first, not because I was afraid of fat, but because I was afraid of losing weight and diminishing athletic performance. She recommended very little protein and next to nothing amounts of carbs, and I was obedient, so what did I do to maintain my weight, I ate a ton of fat, 400 grams of it, my diet was close to 80% fat. My skin got better and so did my anxiety but my digestion got five times worse, I couldn't sleep at night, my breath stank, I began losing my hair, my teeth were graying, my libido was non-existant, yet I persisted for 4-5 months because she made me believe this was all candida die off, that would sooner or later go away, and open the path to perfect health.
Around that time I began to urinate frequently, my mouth was always dry, I would feel deathly tired after a meal, I guess it was bound to happen when you are eating 130grams of fat in one sitting. Lucky for me, I discovered paleohacks, and the various paleo blogs, and started slowly increasing my protein again and later my carbs. I went on a generously high carb tuber based diet for awhile and that seemed to improve a lot of symptoms, better digestion and athletic performance, but I was still urinating frequently and having some symptoms of hyperglycemia. I eat sporadically now, sometimes I binge on plain starch, other times I add a lot of fat, sometimes I skip the starch, and my symptoms come and go.
I have been reading through some of Stephan's stuff, and one of his theory's is that IR is caused by a super low carb diet (10% or less), like what I followed for a couple months. I am starting to think that maybe I gave myself diabetes for eating such a low carb diet? There is no history of diabetes in my family, I have very little body fat, and I use to never get these symptoms until I started dieting. Maybe I was exercising to intensively those couple months and not supplying enough carb and through some mechanism...I don't know...could be autoimmune diabetes or caused by some infection, bacterial overgrowth? I show no outward signs of insulin resistance, and I am very active. I guess the only way to know is by measuring my blood sugar. I bought a glucose meter, but didn't buy the strips, silly me. Either way, I get painfully obvious symptoms of hyperglycemia especially when eating a mixed macronutrient intake: high carb, high fat gives me the worse symptoms, as I pointed out in my previous question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/86237/adding-fat-to-starch-never-goes-good-for-me-how-about-you#axzz1pKIi2Cgu
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on March 17, 2012
at 09:41 PM
Yes, of course you can be lean and athletic and be diabetic. My adoptive mom is exactly like this. She was a circus acrobat in her youth (yes, really), and grew up in wartime Germany eating practically nothing. When she came to the US, she remained very active, and ate what she thought was healthy food, but was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1960. It just means that her pancreas could not keep up with the insulin demands of her diet, "healthy" as it was.
I don't know what dietary recommendation to make for you; high carb seems stupid, but low-carb apparently makes you better in some ways but worse in others. I suggest going to Jenny's Diabetes Update blog, and scrolling around her Blood Sugar 101 site. Definitely buy the strips, and test, test, test. Diabetes is nothing to fuck around with -- whether TI or TII, you could end up losing limbs or vision.
ETA: Here's a web site with a list of professional or competitive athletes who are diabetic: http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/famous_people/sports
on March 17, 2012
at 10:27 PM
Type one diabetes can come on later in life. A friend of mine is a dancer, gymnast and capoeirista who's whippet lean and rock hard. She was diagnosed with type 1 in her mid-30s.
This kind of concern is nothing to mess around with or take advice from internet strangers. See your doctor.
on March 17, 2012
at 09:47 PM
Here is a quick way of seeing if you have IR. U say u have a meter. What's the reading in the morning when you get up? What's the reading 2h after your largest meal?
Measure that for about a week before jumping to a conclusion. Better yet, go to Walmart, buy this for 10 bux, mail it in, and see what your HbA1c is. Last time I checked it was off by 0.1 to my Labcorp-calculated HbA1c. Good enough for me.
on March 17, 2012
at 09:38 PM
Did you see Stephan's first post on insulin resistance? One causational mechanism could be cellular energy excess. And obviously this could occur without weight gain as long as the body solely induced IR, rather than body fat storage, to protect against energy toxicity.
Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune in nature and any factor (like a virus) influencing that could lead to the pancreatic beta cells death. This doesn't require any degree of obesity.
I definitely think you should consider going to a doctor or looking into these symptoms further. Glucose testing would be a good start.