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Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community My fasting insulin level is very low (below 2 mE/L). I measured it first 2 years ago and it was 3,9 mE/L (ref. range 2-29,1). Carbs intake was 200g per day back then, mostly from low GI foods, absolutely no sugars. Last week my fasting insulin was below 2 mE/L. These weeks I have been eating about 350g of carbs per day (from 450g of brown rice daily, 100g of oats, 1 piece of fruit, so still low GI foods). 350g carbs per day should by my opinion trigger higher insulin, but I have been taking last weeks also high doses of alpha lipoic acid + acetyl l carnitine which are both known to improve insulin resistance and lower insulin. In my case it seems they lowered insulin too much. From the day I started alpha lipoic acid and carnitine my situation started to get even worse than before: -very difficult to do any weight lifting training I have been felling very tired for last 4 years and my doctor thinks it is just depression which I don't believe. I checked thyroid and testosterone levels and they are fine. Do anybody have any idea or thoughts if my symptoms could be Continue reading >>

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  1. Ayaju

    I did an insulin fasting test and the results showed that my insulin is low (4.6), but that my glucose is normal. My (temporary) doctor told me that I should have had a high glucose level because of the low insulin level. She told me something is destroying my insulin. She told me to see the endocrinologist, but because it is an HMO, I will have to wait to get an appointment. (These endos don't know the difference between lifestyle-based and glandular-based problems anyway).
    Also, she didn't tell me whether I am insulin-resistant or insulin-sensitive. I don't think she knows. Does anyone have any answers for me?
    We are getting a new healthcare provider next year, a PPO, and I plan on getting an appointment with Dr. Schwarzbein in January. Lucky me.
    In the meantime I am so confused about what to surmise about these test results and how I should be eating. I've been Schwarzbeining for seven months. Is it possible the insulin is low because I'm not eating enough carbs?
    I will really appreciate any information you might provide.
    Sincerely,
    Judy

  2. Lila2002

    Judy,
    I do believe that low-carbers have lower insulin levels than the norm. You'll have to let us know about your appt with Dr S.
    Lila

  3. Natrushka

    Quote:

    Originally posted by Ayaju
    I did an insulin fasting test and the results showed that my insulin is low (4.6), but that my glucose is normal. My (temporary) doctor told me that I should have had a high glucose level because of the low insulin level.
    Judy, I did a search and dug up a few posts by Doreen on the subject of fasting insulin levles and what is 'normal' and what that means.
    Do on Insulin Levels (from Dr. Bernstein)
    Fasting Insulin and Blood Sugar
    Since Do took some of her info from Dr. B I've included a link to his website - you might find some info there.
    Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution - Some of his book is included on the site; chapter 3 should be of particular interest: "Blood Sugars: The Nondiabetic Versus the Diabetic"
    Best of luck,
    Nat

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