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Insulin resistance/VLC/chapped lips/dry skin/glocophage

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 19, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Hello -

I've been hypoglycemic all my life. In the last 5 years I lost control of my weight and gained 40 pounds. I discovered Paleo in 2009 and droped 10. Since January of the year I tried low carb, then VLC. I took off another 10 but ended up adding more carbs in because my lips got very dry and cracked my skin got paper thin and old looking. I would bleed at the slightest scrape. Although I felt great otherwise these symptoms were worrisome.

I upped the carbs to approximately an apple a day and these symptoms went away. The 10 pounds came back immediately - argh!

My endo just confirmed that I'm insulin resistant and put me on Glucophage. I hate the idea of resorting to meds to lose the weight but I'm beginning to face facts. It's just not going to come off any other way. I exercise hard 6 days a week and I'm good with diet and calorie intake.

Can any of you relate to my story?

Have any of you tried Glucophage?

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on April 20, 2012
at 03:36 PM

yeah i have a feeling i may have hypothyroid issues...is there any natural way to deal with it? id hoped going paleo would do the trick but i dont know now :'(

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on April 20, 2012
at 12:42 PM

Probably quercetin. Onions have some, apparently.

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on April 20, 2012
at 12:42 PM

I'd eat carbs, but if you really don't want to, eat some shellfish, some liver perhaps. Dry skin is likely caused by thyroid issues.

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on April 20, 2012
at 01:58 AM

Lots of people do not do well on VLC, it is not for everyone at all, and it doesn't sound like it's for you. I'm confused about your weight loss goals though- is it the 40 lbs initially that you gained and want to lose? How is your digestion/gut? How long have you been eating / not eating paleo?

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on April 19, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Also, consider only exercising 2-3 times a week to lower stress on your body.

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on April 19, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I would add white rice or portion-controlled yams to counter dry skin and chapped lips. What do u mean you're "insulin resistant"?

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on April 19, 2012
at 08:40 PM

you gained ten pounds adding nothing but an apple to a diet already void of carbohydrate? Really?

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on April 20, 2012
at 12:19 PM

There is more to food than simply carbs, protein and fat. I doubt that if you had simply added any carb, like table sugar or something, to your diet that the symptoms would have gone away.
For example, cherries can be great for getting rid of gout problems. This is not because they contain carbs. It is thought that it is because cherries contain anthocyanins. What I am saying is, find out what is in apples that can help your skin and see if there is another food or a supplement that you could try instead.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 20, 2012
at 12:42 PM

Probably quercetin. Onions have some, apparently.

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E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on April 20, 2012
at 11:30 AM

Check your iron levels and have a full thyroid panel done.

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3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on April 19, 2012
at 11:21 PM

uh since going VLC my skin is terrible and my cuticles are all sliced and my lips and mouth are constantly dry and i dont ever feel like ive had enough water but now im scared of carbs!!! i like how I feel but the skin is an issue!!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 20, 2012
at 12:42 PM

I'd eat carbs, but if you really don't want to, eat some shellfish, some liver perhaps. Dry skin is likely caused by thyroid issues.

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

(1489)

on April 20, 2012
at 03:36 PM

yeah i have a feeling i may have hypothyroid issues...is there any natural way to deal with it? id hoped going paleo would do the trick but i dont know now :'(

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