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Insulin Resistance And Metabolic Syndrome

It is estimated that a huge part of our population now has Insulin Resistance. This is one step towards Metabolic Syndrome which has been shown to lead directly to diabetes. Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome include weight gain (especially around the mid section), high blood pressure, fatigue, high cholesterol, poor thought process, mood swings, constant hunger, high triglycerides, elevated uric acid, etc. What is Insulin Resistance? When your body detects glucose in your bloodstream after a meal, insulin is released to signal the cells to bring in the sugar so it can be made into energy. The problem occurs when blood sugar is too high/too often, the cell membranes change to avoid bringing in too much sugar. This causes the cells to become “resistant” to the effects of insulin, hence the name. One way in which high insulin levels may lead to heath risk is by virtue of the fact that the only way the body can remove the excess sugar from the bloodstream is to convert it to fat. This mechanism allowed us to feast when food was plenty and survive when it was not, which is hardly an issue we face today. One of the most frequent causes of insulin resistance is simply our diet. This incl Continue reading >>

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  1. shefallsdown

    Hypoglycemia or Insulin Resistance?

    Hello -- just discovered this forum. The past few days I've been attempting to get a diagnosis after battling these symptoms for half my life.
    I saw a new doctor at a clinic I've gone to for 20 years. I described my hypoglycemic symptoms and she agreed quickly, scheduling me with and RE 2 weeks out. Symptoms are:
    Shaky hands (Strangers ask if I'm ok)
    Tired all the time
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Several crashes throughout the day, especially after eating. I've been known to raid peanut butter to "feel better"
    Weight gain AND loss is easy
    I crave the sugary white breads and carbs
    My fasting glucose tests are always normal. I finally decided to see what my glucose was when I was having an almost-going-to-faint spell.
    Normal fasting: High 90s
    Today, before dinner: 66
    2 hours after dinner: 92
    2 hours after that (10:30pm) 79....and I was feeling it.
    My doctors refuse to run anything but a TSH (no T3/T4) and it's on the VERY low end inside the range. They are adament it's not my thyroid. Apparently they did order an insulin test, which he (the doctor I saw today) believes will reveal its insulin resistance.
    How is this insulin resistance? Aside from the point I need to lose a few pounds (I was injured and on crutches for past 4 months.) Can someone explain how I should take that seriously and how my crashes after food relate to insulin resistance? Or.....if I should absolutely not?
    Thanks for the help!

  2. jdm1217

    Originally Posted by shefallsdown
    Hello -- just discovered this forum. The past few days I've been attempting to get a diagnosis after battling these symptoms for half my life.
    I saw a new doctor at a clinic I've gone to for 20 years. I described my hypoglycemic symptoms and she agreed quickly, scheduling me with and RE 2 weeks out. Symptoms are:
    Shaky hands (Strangers ask if I'm ok)
    Tired all the time
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Several crashes throughout the day, especially after eating. I've been known to raid peanut butter to "feel better"
    Weight gain AND loss is easy
    I crave the sugary white breads and carbs
    My fasting glucose tests are always normal. I finally decided to see what my glucose was when I was having an almost-going-to-faint spell.
    Normal fasting: High 90s
    Today, before dinner: 66
    2 hours after dinner: 92
    2 hours after that (10:30pm) 79....and I was feeling it.
    My doctors refuse to run anything but a TSH (no T3/T4) and it's on the VERY low end inside the range. They are adament it's not my thyroid. Apparently they did order an insulin test, which he (the doctor I saw today) believes will reveal its insulin resistance.
    How is this insulin resistance? Aside from the point I need to lose a few pounds (I was injured and on crutches for past 4 months.) Can someone explain how I should take that seriously and how my crashes after food relate to insulin resistance? Or.....if I should absolutely not?
    Thanks for the help! From those number, you can rule out hypoglycemia. Better too looking for what is causing this.

  3. Chrysalis

    Your bg numbers look good. What makes you think you have diabetes? You will know more when you get your c-peptide result, but don't be surprised if it is normal. You might have to keep looking to find the source of your physical problems.

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