Am I Pre-Diabetic?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 27, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Since I started eating paleo I cut way down on sugar. When I ate the SAD I was someone who drank a liter of coca cola a day in addition to all the white bread and other carbs I would eat with every meal.

It used to be I could drink a 20 oz Coke and feel fine after. However, today I just ate 2 bananas and felt absolutely MANIC from the sugar (I've also had other experiences like this with fruit). Is this a normal thing with paleo and just becoming more sensitive to sugary things?



on March 02, 2013
at 07:58 PM

lol I know. I don't know how I lived like that and I'm never drinking that stuff again.



on February 28, 2013
at 03:12 PM

Ouch! your poor pancreas! Your poor teeth! Your poor adrenals! Your poor liver! Glad you quit the coke.


on February 28, 2013
at 06:17 AM

High blood glucose wouldn't cause you to feel manic. If anything, it would cause you to feel lethargic.

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on February 28, 2013
at 12:35 AM

I dunno if you're pre-diabetic - you'll need to test blood sugar to determine that. Before Paleo, I would shun dark chocolate coz it wasn't sugary enough. Now I can taste a lot of sugar in 90% dark chocolate.



on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I think the body builds up a tolerance to any drug. And sugar has drug-like effects on the body. So it makes sense that, having gone without for a while, your tolerance went down. I'm the same way.



on February 28, 2013
at 07:54 AM

I just think it's the taste of something sweet that has triggered your reaction. I remember having fresh berries one day and it was just like having candy when I was a kid. But it was only the taste of them that affected me.

After being very low-carb for a longer period you do become physiologically insulin resistant as Michael mentions. But that not the same as pathologically insulin resistant.


on February 28, 2013
at 04:14 AM

You might be physiologically insulin resistant after eating low carb (which some equate 'paleo' to). If this was the case and then you ate 2 bananas (alone), the effects would be more pronounced than if you ate them in a meal or with another macro - try eating with a fat and or an acid to see effect, and or slowly working up to eating more carbs if that's what you want. Again, you said you used to eat carbs in a meal - 2 bananas doesn't sound like a meal...

One can also become temporarily IR simply by not sleeping, and having sugar in the morning. I daresay it doesn't mean you're 'pre-diabetic' which is a pretty contestable term as it implies the predominance of a 'pancreas wearing out' diabetes paradigm.

Best and easiest way to check though is to get a monitor and do some testing over time.



on February 28, 2013
at 12:48 AM

Well pre diabetic just means you have high fasting blood sugar levels without other indications of diabetes, yet. It's something your doctor can help you determine. It sounds like you are becoming more aware of how different habits affect your body, which is great. I also have less of a taste for sugar now than in SAD. Though it never made me hyper lol

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