Do anti-inflammatory therapies improve your improve insulin sensitivity?

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Created November 04, 2011 at 3:52 AM

What anti-inflammatory strategies and or food/supplements improve your improve insulin sensitivity?

There is so much discussion and research being done on the link between inflammation and in the development of insulin resistance. Scientists now know that inflammation can lead to heart disease,cancer and the third culprit, diabetes.


So,I am wondering from the many of you that have gone Paleo, what strategies ( food timing, food combing, calorie restriction) and food/supplements has improved your inflammation leading to better insulin sensitivity?

What foods or the elimination of those foods has helped you the most? Has coconut oil helped or hurt you with inflammation? Has diary been a factor? What supplements have you added have given you the best response. Does vitamin D help you have better insulin sensitivity? What about reducing inflammation?

I'm hoping to get a broad range of good testimonials, so I can implement my own anti-inflammatory strategy that will maybe lead to better insulin sensitivity.



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on November 04, 2011
at 01:50 PM

According to the papers in Jaminet's latest safe starch post, the cultures that eat the most carbs seem to have the best insulin sensitivity. I believe Carbsane has also reviewed quite few papers showing that glucose increases insulin sensitivity.

EDIT - For me personally, exercise and intermittant fasting has seemed to help a fair amount too.


on November 04, 2011
at 01:38 PM

If fasting insulin levels are an indication of insulin sensitivity then so far I've not been successful at using anti-inflammatory therapies to improve it. I have a couple of thoughts about this: one is that Stephan makes a compelling case that "excess fat mass, particularly enlarged fat cells, is the ultimate cause of insulin resistance." So if you buy that, then if you have excess fat, losing it is a priority.

Second, I've read that ~14% of the fat burned from storage is PUFA. So by my fuzzy math, a person losing 2 pounds in a week metabolizes the equivalent of 10-15g of omega 6 fatty acids per day even if dietary omega 6 is really low. I haven't found anyone who has looked at the real impact of this, but I'm guessing that if stored body fat is from a crappy Western diet, it cannot be good! But it is what it is, it's not exactly like keeping the fat on would work for me.

Finally, my own personal feelings is that aside from a basic anti-inflammatory diet, exercise is really the best option for increasing insulin sensitivity. With my whacked back, this has been hard for me (tho I just tried doing a mini-tabata in the pool on Wednesday ... that may work!).



on September 07, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory and improves insulin sensitivity.

Magnesium, chromium improve sensitivity aswel, and exercise is king.

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