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Is There a Way To Tell if You've Fixed Your Insulin Resistance?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Or is it not really possible to 'fix' it once you've got it? I started at 255 lbs on a 5'7" female frame, with undiagnosed (but really obvious) insulin resistance. (PCOS, fat, skin tags, dark skin around my neck, etc.) I'm very (as in, 1 lb) close to being out of the 'overweight' and into the 'normal weight' bmi category, and for the last month and a half I've been eating more carbs (100-150 range) and been feeling pretty dang good. But I'm wondering if this could screw me over in the long run, or if maybe I've fixed the issue. Except for psychological reactions to sugar where I feel like I need more and more, I'm not actually hungry.

Any ideas? It'd be awesome if this issue could have been fixed by something so simple as losing 95 lbs, lol!

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on June 13, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Thanks, Dragonfly! I'll read through it. :D

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on June 13, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Thanks Hailstorm! Hopefully I can find one not too expensive, I know they exist. Will keep an eye out for a well priced one. :)

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on June 13, 2013
at 04:45 PM

Good to consider, I honestly had let it slip my mind that it could potentially just be the grains. I *don't* have that reaction if I do something like, say, drink half a can of cola in under five seconds. It's just oatmeal and rice, and probably wheat though Iv'e stayed away from that for a long time now.

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on June 13, 2013
at 03:27 PM

Diabetes is a silent killer. Most don't realize they have it until damage has already been done. That feeling you experienced might have been a reaction to increased glucose levels, but it may have been a reaction to the grains themselves.

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on June 13, 2013
at 02:59 PM

You need to check more than your blood glucose. This link may be helpful: http://newhopehealthcenter.com/dynamic_integration/Biochemistry/bloodtests.html

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at 03:43 AM

Honestly, I don't check my sugar levels... I can feel when I go hyperglycemic (heart pounding, shortness of breath) but that only happens when I eat grains. I know there are lots of things with blood sugar levels that you can't just feel, though. Thanks for the idea, maybe I'll look into getting a meter. :)

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on June 13, 2013
at 03:26 AM

Do you test your blood sugar levels? I reversed my IR by losing 85 lbs and check my levels every few days. I still have another 70 or 80 to go. I cannot eat more than 50 grams of carbs a day without my numbers creeping up over a few days. Tracking your glucose levels after various amounts of carbs will tell you whether you've reversed it or not.

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on June 13, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Honestly, I don't check my sugar levels... I can feel when I go hyperglycemic (heart pounding, shortness of breath) but that only happens when I eat grains. I know there are lots of things with blood sugar levels that you can't just feel, though. Thanks for the idea, maybe I'll look into getting a meter. :)

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on June 13, 2013
at 04:45 PM

Good to consider, I honestly had let it slip my mind that it could potentially just be the grains. I *don't* have that reaction if I do something like, say, drink half a can of cola in under five seconds. It's just oatmeal and rice, and probably wheat though Iv'e stayed away from that for a long time now.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11058)

on June 13, 2013
at 03:27 PM

Diabetes is a silent killer. Most don't realize they have it until damage has already been done. That feeling you experienced might have been a reaction to increased glucose levels, but it may have been a reaction to the grains themselves.

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on June 13, 2013
at 02:21 PM

I second getting a blood glucose meter. I wasn't losing weight and was concerned that I might have insulin resistance. I got a meter, checked my levels for a few days, and found them to be right in line. One less thing to worry about.

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on June 13, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Thanks Hailstorm! Hopefully I can find one not too expensive, I know they exist. Will keep an eye out for a well priced one. :)

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