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How did you increase insulin sensitivity?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 08, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I have been Paleo for about a year but recently fell into a couple months of cheating. For about a week now I have been back to a healthy diet.

90% of my cheats were sugar related - candy and icecream. I get extreme sugar cravings. I have been better for the past week and have been getting most of my sugar from fruit. How did those of you with insulin resistance improve it and kick the sugar additions? I am hesitant to go LC since I am pretty active. I run around 25mpw and lift weights for 30 mins 2-3 times a week. Last time I had my fasting glucose tested it was in the mid 90s. I am nervous that I am on a road towards diabetes. I am a 23 year old female, 5'8 130lbs. When keeping strict paleo i tend to eat around 150g carbs a day.

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on July 09, 2013
at 02:30 PM

agreed, white rice definitely helped me curb cravings for sweets and cookies. I agree it's probably a sign of insufficient glucose on the OP's part. I don't know why, white rice, bananas, etc. provides satiety for me.

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I was fit in my 20's, but 30 years changed that. You can't keep eating as much as you did, while at the same time becoming more and more sedentary. Rather than focusing on food elimination as a strategy, I'd recommend being active, outdoors as often as you can be. Not getting fat - above 30 BMI - is the first line of defense.

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on July 09, 2013
at 11:28 AM

Last time I had blood work done (March) my Vit D has low. Do you suggest supplementing D3?

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on July 09, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Optimize your D3 and Magnesium for better glucose control.

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on July 08, 2013
at 11:27 PM

thanks... I'm not trying to be dramatic about T2. I do seem healthy on paper, healthy weight and exercise routine. I feel that my sugar cravings aren't good though and I do go through phases where I experience a "false hypo" type of reactions. These seem to me to be the first steps on the road to T2? I may be wrong but just wanted to know if I should make any specific changes now other than cutting out the sugar to prevent a long term problem.

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on July 09, 2013
at 02:23 AM

Like you, I've always been in the healthy weight range for my height. Paleo helped me get rid of dermatitis and digestive issues but I had terrible cravings for sweets and cookies every afternoon. Then I read in Perfect Health Diet that you can eat about 1 c of white rice with up to two meals per day to curb cravings. I was skeptical but tried it and it works pretty well. I still eat chocolates and GF cookies from time to time but not every day, like I used to. I don't think your cravings are necessarily a sign of T2, just the body's need for glucose.

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on July 09, 2013
at 02:30 PM

agreed, white rice definitely helped me curb cravings for sweets and cookies. I agree it's probably a sign of insufficient glucose on the OP's part. I don't know why, white rice, bananas, etc. provides satiety for me.

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on July 08, 2013
at 10:52 PM

At normal weight for your height, and with normal fasting blood glucose, why would you be worried about T2? Do you have familial history of it? If not why raise your stress levels over a problem you don't have?

I was diagnosed T2 at age 54, obese with fasting blood glucose of 200 on 2 repeats and an A1C of 8.0. The short term fix was carb reduction to get blood glucose down, the long term fix was weight loss (via dieting and exercise) which cured the insulin resistance. While anything can happen to anybody, your present state of health doesn't look anything like what mine was when I was diagnosed T2.

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on July 09, 2013
at 12:07 PM

I was fit in my 20's, but 30 years changed that. You can't keep eating as much as you did, while at the same time becoming more and more sedentary. Rather than focusing on food elimination as a strategy, I'd recommend being active, outdoors as often as you can be. Not getting fat - above 30 BMI - is the first line of defense.

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(1974)

on July 08, 2013
at 11:27 PM

thanks... I'm not trying to be dramatic about T2. I do seem healthy on paper, healthy weight and exercise routine. I feel that my sugar cravings aren't good though and I do go through phases where I experience a "false hypo" type of reactions. These seem to me to be the first steps on the road to T2? I may be wrong but just wanted to know if I should make any specific changes now other than cutting out the sugar to prevent a long term problem.

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