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High insulin, normal blood sugar levels. What is it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 07, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Is it hypoglycemia? What do I eat with that?

I know how to cure type 2 diabetes (Newcastle study) but not sure if it is the same for high insulin levels.

I have checked all hypoglycemia plans and it seems that they say to have a snack every 2 hours plus a serving of grain with every meal.

Is there anybody here who took care of their hypoglycemia with Paleo and devised a special meal plan?

Thanks!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 10, 2013
at 05:31 AM

Within range. Not diabetic.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on August 09, 2013
at 03:28 AM

I eat low carb (below 20 g net, about 40 -45 g total carbs) high fat primal--pastured meats and eggs, organic veggies, limited dairy (butter, heavy cream, full fat yogurt and kefir). Weight loss 65 lbs, no blood sugar issues,feel great!

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

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on August 09, 2013
at 12:44 AM

What do you mean normal? Normal doesn't mean anything. You know better than that, right? There are gradations.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 08, 2013
at 06:52 PM

Okay, I checked A1c - it is NORMAL. FBG is normal too, but I did not check C-Peptide yet.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 08, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Also, could you please explain what are FBG (fasting blood glucose?) and A1c?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 08, 2013
at 06:24 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ANSWER!!! What is sub 150 gram Palo? Can I still have beets, carrots and rutabaga! Thanks again - sorry I had to pick the best answer.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 08, 2013
at 06:22 PM

Could you please list what you eat on a daily basis - are carrots okay?

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

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on August 08, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Bread? Gluten-free or some nut flour variety? And potatoes shouldn't really move you toward diabetes unless you had pre-existing prediabetes ... at this point, I would recommend sub 150 gram Paleo. No need to do VLC but limit your carbs. 250+ grams of natural carbs like potatoes and white rice could still promote insulin resistance when combined with even a modicum of sugar and/or what Dr. Weil calls "pulverized flour", especially gluten white flour.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 08, 2013
at 04:19 AM

Thank you very much! I will!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 08, 2013
at 04:18 AM

I re-introduced potatoes and even had some bread occasionally. No more of that.

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

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on August 08, 2013
at 03:29 AM

Exactly how high was your insulin?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 07, 2013
at 07:59 PM

Thanks, I will. I had the test done at the independent lab.

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on August 07, 2013
at 07:39 PM

or your insulin was high when you took the test. All good reasons to see a doctor who knows how to administer/ review tests

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 07, 2013
at 07:05 PM

OMG. I better take that glucose tolerance test.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:56 PM

if glucose tolerance in normal than it's insulin resistance/ borderline pre-diabetes. If it's high then it's type 2.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:46 PM

@Mscott - what if you have high insulin but normalglycemia?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:46 PM

I did not have a glucose tolerance test, it was like some blood panel from an independent lab. Insulin was among some of my markers and it was way higher than it suppose to.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:45 PM

No, not glucose tolerance. I had a blood test and on the panel it says "insulin" and it is like really high. What does it mean?

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:35 PM

Normal blood sugar is normoglycemia, low blood sugar means hypoglycemia.

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on August 07, 2013
at 06:33 PM

did you get a glucose tolerance test?

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on August 08, 2013
at 01:55 AM

High insulin can mean insulin resistance. Your cells don't respond to the normal amount of insulin secreted, so you secrete more and more, until the cells finally respond. This is common in Syndrome X and women with PCOS. It's probably the first step onto the diabetes spectrum.

Some people with high insulin levels experience hypoglycemia, because the insulin climbs so high before the cells finally respond that once they do, the blood glucose falls down fast and goes very low--now you are experiencing hypoglycemia.

A low carb diet reduces the insulin spikes by keeping the blood glucose more even. I have insulin resistance and reactive hypoglycemia that respond very well to LCHF paleo. My insulin levels are down, my blood sugar levels are normal and steady as a rock. I don't have to eat every few hours--that's for the poor unfortunates that are told to eat lots of "healthy whole grains" and carbs to keep their blood sugar up. What's really happening is that they are constantly spiking their blood glucose and subsequently their insulin and experiencing the ups and downs of poorly controlled blood sugar as a result.

I can go 9 or 10 hours between meals, and feel great since I'm off the blood sugar/insulin roller coaster.

If you're not experiencing blood sugar ups and downs, you may be in the very early stages of insulin resistance--a great time to get a handle on things through diet.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 08, 2013
at 06:22 PM

Could you please list what you eat on a daily basis - are carrots okay?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 08, 2013
at 04:19 AM

Thank you very much! I will!

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on August 09, 2013
at 03:28 AM

I eat low carb (below 20 g net, about 40 -45 g total carbs) high fat primal--pastured meats and eggs, organic veggies, limited dairy (butter, heavy cream, full fat yogurt and kefir). Weight loss 65 lbs, no blood sugar issues,feel great!

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on August 10, 2013
at 01:57 AM

bloodsugar101.com has most of the info you need re: reference ranges, etc

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D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

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on August 08, 2013
at 03:44 AM

Yes, I agree with Janknitz that you're on a fast lane highway to diabetes if your fasting insulin is higher than the reference range but your fasting BG is normal. You're insulin resistant, only that your BG isn't reflecting it. Your BG is normal but it takes more insulin to achieve normal blood sugar. At some point, your body will give up and that's when you will lose BG control and reach diabeteshood. Most doctors only look at BG and A1C; unless they know how to interpret fasting C-Peptide or fasting insulin with fasting BG, you'll never get a warning. You'll get a clean bill of health and never know that T2 diabetes is right around the corner.

I'd get my A1c tested, then measure fasting C-Peptide and FBG once more; see where they are. If you're over or around 5.5, which I think you're and your C-Peptide is high or high normal with high or normal (i.e., sub 100) BG, then you're prediabetic. You could be sub 90 but you're still prediabetic. The FBG is really useless at this point as a marker of insulin resistance. The only symptom you may have is tiredness after a meal, becoming hungry after 2-3 hours, the typical reactive hypoglycemia symptoms ... obvious since BG will drop lower than normal in a dilatory response to insulin.

I don't know a single internist or an endocrinologist who would care to diagnose prediabetic hypoglycemia. Diabetes is so commomn that that's what they focus on. If you're prediabetic, you're really on your own to diagnose it and take steps to prevent diabetes.

What's curious though is how and why you're becoming diabetic on a Paleo diet. You should be reversing your insulin resistance, not advancing toward diabetes when doing Paleo.

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

(578)

on August 08, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Bread? Gluten-free or some nut flour variety? And potatoes shouldn't really move you toward diabetes unless you had pre-existing prediabetes ... at this point, I would recommend sub 150 gram Paleo. No need to do VLC but limit your carbs. 250+ grams of natural carbs like potatoes and white rice could still promote insulin resistance when combined with even a modicum of sugar and/or what Dr. Weil calls "pulverized flour", especially gluten white flour.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 08, 2013
at 06:24 PM

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR ANSWER!!! What is sub 150 gram Palo? Can I still have beets, carrots and rutabaga! Thanks again - sorry I had to pick the best answer.

D33a8d5f095a8532ddf7a0d6c27bfe63

(578)

on August 09, 2013
at 12:44 AM

What do you mean normal? Normal doesn't mean anything. You know better than that, right? There are gradations.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 08, 2013
at 06:26 PM

Also, could you please explain what are FBG (fasting blood glucose?) and A1c?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 08, 2013
at 04:18 AM

I re-introduced potatoes and even had some bread occasionally. No more of that.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 08, 2013
at 06:52 PM

Okay, I checked A1c - it is NORMAL. FBG is normal too, but I did not check C-Peptide yet.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 10, 2013
at 05:31 AM

Within range. Not diabetic.

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