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Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance (IR) is a pathological condition in which cells fail to respond normally to the hormone insulin. The body produces insulin when glucose starts to be released into the bloodstream from the digestion of carbohydrates in the diet. Normally this insulin response triggers glucose being taken into body cells, to be used for energy, and inhibits the body from using fat for energy. The concentration of glucose in the blood decreases as a result, staying within the normal range even when a large amount of carbohydrates is consumed. When the body produces insulin under conditions of insulin resistance, the cells are resistant to the insulin and are unable to use it as effectively, leading to high blood sugar. Beta cells in the pancreas subsequently increase their production of insulin, further contributing to a high blood insulin level. This often remains undetected and can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes or latent autoimmune diabetes of adults.[1] Although this type of chronic insulin resistance is harmful, during acute illness it is actually a well-evolved protective mechanism. Recent investigations have revealed that insulin resistance helps to conserve Continue reading >>

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  1. Vanessa05

    Insulin Resistance levels question...

    Hello all,
    I'm new here. I was recently (approximately 3.5 weeks ago diagnosed with having insulin resistance (and it all started by going to the dermatologist). This summer turned out to be brutal to my face and I was getting cyst like acne on my chin. From basic google searches I suspected that it might be PCOS, and when I went to the dermatologist and he ordered some tests including blood tests to check my insulin and an ultra sound, I was diagnosed with PCOS due to Insulin Resistance. A little background on me. I'm 28 (soon to be 29), around 5'3" and have been the same weight for more than 10 years (125lbs to 130lbs). Now I've always been non-active per se. From time to time, I would exercise, in the past couple of years the most exercise I've done is walk to the subway, and back so you could say I led a sedentary lifestyle and often skipped meals, eating only once a day, usually late at night (horrible, I know). I was the kind of person that actually lost weight by eating chocolate. I've read a lot of information everywhere, and how to hopefully take control of your diet so I won't get diabetes. My grandmother on my dad's side has it. And in early 2010, I went to my doctor to get tested for diabetes as I thought I might have it (rapid weight loss for no reason - did I mention I'm a bit of a hypochondriac?) but everything came out normal. So far from everything I'm reading, I'm not finding much information on lean people (I would consider myself average weight - not necessarily lean) but my doctor still wants me to get down to 114 pounds. I've been eating mostly veggies, fruits, and protein and healthy grains such as quinoa. I've also been exercising (walking at first, i've started to incorporate jogging) and pilates. Do to my previous lifestyle, I can assume those choices being key factors in my diagnosis, I just happen to have a good metabolism therefore didn't really gain weight. But all of my "fat", which there is, is centered around my belly.
    When they did the blood tests for the insulin, I know the normal is 2.6-24.9, and mine came out at 32.27 (obviously higher than normal) but does anybody know how bad that is? I am not finding any information regarding this.
    Also, I was sick with a crazy cough/cold when they did the blood tests and even though I didn't eat anything prior, I vaguely remember taking a cough drop right before the blood tests. Would that have affected it? This was a one time test, no wait 2 hrs and take more blood. I'm still trying to learn so much but there is so much information out there. I am also on glucophagen (metformin) to help the IR for the PCOS. I'm hoping with meds, exercise and eating healthy I can really prevent diabetes.
    Thanks so much in advance

  2. furball64801

    Hi and welcome to DD just a few things, your headed in the right direction but remember fruits raise bs so do not overdue it. The walking can do wonders for you, your IR might be helped by losing weight my mom and aunt were very thin type 2s my aunt is still alive and all of 85 lbs but she is pretty short. Give the glucophage about a month it should help, if you get stomach upset let the doc know about it. I also have to tell you there are thousands of opinions on diabetes just use your meter to tell you how foods and exercise affects you.

  3. Nicoletti

    Originally Posted by Vanessa05
    When they did the blood tests for the insulin, I know the normal is 2.6-24.9, and mine came out at 32.27 (obviously higher than normal) but does anybody know how bad that is? I am not finding any information regarding this. Vanessa, what was the name of the test that was done? You should be able to easily search for info based on the name of the lab test.

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