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 Posted 6/11/2013 5:30:21 AM
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I think I might have some sort of issue with surging insulin, and hoping someone here might offer some insight. I have had noticeable symptoms for years now, most noticeably an adverse reaction to  sugar on an empty stomach: blurry vision and headache following so much as just 1 bite of a frosted donut (as an example).

My fasting blood glucose, insulin levels, and A1C levels are all quite ideal (in fact, pretty much my entire panel of 30+ tests came back ideal, with the exception of a slightly low HDL and this insulin issue. . . ).

A recent glucose tolerance test showed my insulin level surging to 137.7 uIU/mL in the first half-hour of the test (I should mention I felt downright awful even as I was only halfway through that bottle of glucose).
Here's the insulin results:
Fasting            9.6  uIU/mL
30 minutes  137.7 uIU/mL
60 minutes    92.3 uIU/mL
120 minutes  23.9 uIU/mL
180 minutes    7.9 uIU/mL
And the Glucose component:
Glucose fasting      79 mg.dL
30 minutes         174 mg.dL
60 minues          163 mg/dL


Should I discuss this further with my doctor?  Right now, my doctor's only recommendation is to avoid high glycemic carbs taken on an empty stomach, which I already do.

   



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 Posted 6/11/2013 6:51:06 AM
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Try supplementing with chromium and eating cinnamon.  You'll have to experiment with the dosage levels of chromium.
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Hi Fastingly,

            I am also a functional hypoglycemic.  On my glucose tolerance test, the glucose level shot to 230 mg/dl at about 2 hours and then dropped to about 50 at three hours.  Then I passed out.  I have not searched medical references for a “cure”; however, I consider sugar and high glycemic index foods to be a poison for me and therefore avoid sugar and rapid release carbohydrates.  You might find some to the work by Robert Lustig and Kimber Stanhope to be of interest. Google “Sugar, the bitter truth”.  



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 Posted 6/14/2013 3:13:25 AM
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 Posted 6/19/2013 4:07:00 PM
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Yikes! I just read the most recent issue (July) of Life Extension magazine, the article about members' blood insulin levels.


I had no idea I'm in such bad shape, the guidelines published with the blood work I had done in April (not by LEF) only stated "normal ranges" on the fasting numbers, but this new information I just learned from LEF magazine makes it obvious that such is most definitely not the case.

My fasting insulin level is nearly double the upper-limit of what it should be in addition to this obvious problem of excess insulin surges to mop-up the glucose.  It would seem I've got a full-blown case of insulin resistance/ metabolic syndrome going on, especially with the additional clue of my low HDL and now I also learn that my A1c levels were nowhere near "normal" ranges as per Life Extension guidelines.
 
If this doesn't perfectly demonstrate how guidelines about medical test results are so far backwards about scientific knowledge that not even my LEF-recommended/LEF-member- physician thought my test results showed much cause for concern!
Crazy!  --Just because the test comes back saying you don't actually have diabetes does not mean everything is fine.

I'm definitely going to write him and ask him to reconsider his stance of "no real cause for concern at this point" and even more importantly, I am going to lose those stupid extra 20 pounds post-haste!  



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To manage the glucose and insulin spiking, you may find [indigestible] resistant starch to be helpful.  The easiest way to get it is from Bob's Red Mill Unmodified Potato Starch which is about 78% resistant starch by weight, but there are other less dense sources such as green bananas.  Assuming you take enough potato starch (4T is typical), whatever you eat will not effect your glucose or insulin levels and it will also have a second meal effect later on.  It will also feed the bugs in your colon, especially your lower colon, which is rarely fed on the typical Western diet (i.e. lower the rate of cancer in that area).
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