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?
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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.
on August 10, 2013
at 01:57 AM
bloodsugar101.com has most of the info you need re: reference ranges, etc
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.