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Healthy Deiets For Healthy Insulin
I have taken more insulin to my body in my 5 years with health problems, so now I got result of high dose insulin in my body. What I have to do?
Insulin: Insulin levels vary widely over course of mere hours. Insulin does not accumulate in the body. Tumors of the pancreas can produce excess insulin but are very rare. In general measuring insulin levels is fraught with difficulty and should be done and interpreted by an endocrinologist or someone with advanced training in diabetes. Treatment of high levels would be to treat the underlying cause. ...Read more
If ur suger level is over 200 sometimes 400 every day and ur eating healthy n ontime and taking insulin n tablets what cud b causing it to b high still?
Dose is too low: The doses of your meds need to be ratcheted up and distributed appropriately to bring your numbers down to target range- generally about 110 fasting and 140 at 2 hours after a meal and hgba1c of < 7.0%. ...Read more
Clinically Hypokpp diagnosed. Does glucose shift K in a healthy person? Could K shift glucose and leave you with high insulin before body can respond?
See doctor: Glucose enters the cells under the influence of insulin and facilitates ingress of K inside the cells. However, this process does not alter the blood levels of potassium in a healthy person as kidney compensates for the changes. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, these mechanisms may not work properly. It would be prudent to consult your doctor as there are causes of K disorders. ...Read more
My uncle is diabetic and he will eat a lot and say well I'll just double my insulin. Is that healthy? I was just wondering because he acts like he's sick and I wanted to know if this is making it worse.
This is tough: Change begins from within. What he is doing is not healthy, but tell him that you want him around and just taking more Insulin is definitely not the right answer. He is the one how needs to be willing to change and you can only act as a facilitator but not a fixer. Good luck! ...Read more
If you have: Insulin resistance, it's not healthy no matter what -- until you lose weight and reduce your Insulin resistance through any kind of dietary restriction and increase in physical activity. Then, you'll have lowered your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, heart attack, stroke, etc -- and then you'll be a lot healthier. ...Read more
I have been on a healthy diet and taken my insulin but I keep seeing my sugar level increase. What could be the cause?
Carbs and diabetes: You need to look at carbohydrate intake. Educate yourself about the glycemic index which describes good and bad carbs. Eating carbs that are complex and have a low glycemic index may help. Also consider checking thyroid functions. The thyroid hormone is needed to drive sugar into the cells properly. If it is too high or too low it will worsen blood sugar control. ...Read more
Common: Weight gain is common with Insulin use. It may stimulate your appetite. However, the same rules apply with or without insulin... Intake and output (exercise) make the difference... Less in and more out will cause weight loss... More in and less out equals weight gain... Talk to your doc and a nutritionist/dietician. ...Read more
I cannot lose weight. I eat very healthy and do a lot of cardio. Last year I did blood tests which said I have very high insulin levels. What do I do?
Need more work up: Insulin and glucose are opposites. You may have difficulty losing weight because of pre diabetes. You could have hypothyroid. Need alot more info to recommend a weight loss program. See a doctor for complete exam, labs and rule out of any medical condition that may make weight loss more difficult. ...Read more
What are the pros and cons of an insulin pump? Does it keep a diabetic type 1 insulin in better check? No other health problems.
appropriate for some: Insulin pump is a great tool to control both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and it is commonly used. However, not all patients are candidates for the Insulin pump. The only way to know is to have a discussion with your physician about your appropriateness for an Insulin pump. ...Read more
Type 1 diabetic actively exercising & healthy eating looking for right lantus (insulin glargine) dose.
Lantus (insulin glargine) dose: Hi. I applaud you for your healthy lifestyle and dedication to tight diabetes control. Finding the right Lantus (insulin glargine) dose can be trickier than people think, especially for an active type 1. I was on Lantus (insulin glargine) for about 6 years before going on CGM in 2006. CGM is THE perfect way to find the right Lantus (insulin glargine) dose, but not everyone uses CGM yet. Do you? My guess is no, or you'd have dialed in the right Lant dose ...Read more
I am not at all overweight &have been diagnosed with pcos. I follow a relatively healthy low GI diet. Is pcos always related to insulin abnormalities?
Can influence of fem. Sex. Hormones to insulin sensitivity be so strong to cause hypoglycemias (ovul.) and hypergl. (bef. Menstr.) in a healthy woman?
I have been unable to lose weight even though I have increased my activity and eating healthier. I had labs with high hs-CRP, Fibrinogen, insulin. And a few other symptoms. What should I do next?
Losing weight: Losing weight and getting in shape is not as easy as it might seem. For example, one pound of body fat contains about 3500 calories- so alot of exercise is needed to make a dent in that one pound. Muscle mass might actually increase because of the exercise, so the scale may be unkind. A better gauge is how u feel. Those labs need to be interpreted in the right clinical context, so u should ask MD ...Read more
I exercise a lot and eat healthy, but I am not losing weight. I drink a lot of coffee, is there a correlation between this? Insulin sensitivity?
Successful weight loss depends on 3 basic issues:
1-what you eat: (diet) free meat, fish, poultry, fresh fruits and vegetables with lots of fiber (bran/cereals) 6-8 fist sized portions/day with 8-10 glasses of water/day.
2- what you do: burst interval high and low impact aerobics/cross train with free weights.
3- who you are (?)- that picture of yourself looking fit or trim fixed to your mirror ...Read more
Follow healthy diet (1200 cals), exercise 6 hrs a week (weights and cardio) but struggle 2 lose weight (hormones & insulin fine). Could it be femodene?
Possible, but: It may be that even 1200 calories is too much for you, depending upon your height. The shorter you are, the fewer calories you require. It takes 3500 calories burned off that you don't eat in order to lose one pound. You could also be calculating your calories incorrectly. Check w/a registered dietitian. ...Read more
I had low Hb, Ht, Lym for 4 years; low iron, low T, low insulin, but high folic acid, high SHBG. Have several health problems. Why?
Need for in-person: Evalation. The list of issues you mentioned is not amenable to a meaningful opinion in this forum. It would be prudent to see your doctor who has your medical history, can perform a physical examination and order additional tests as needed. ...Read more
Once diagnosed with insulin resistance can one improve insulin sensitivity as a healthy person and never develop diabetes?eat low carb diet
Insulin resistance: Yes, this can be reversed w/diet and lifestyle changes. Please see your doctor and ask him/her about a low carb higher good fat food plan. Cinnamon on your food can help as can a supplement called chromium but ask your doc. If you are overweight, the low carb plan will help you loose weight. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I'm borderline pcos causes by insulin resistance. I've been eating very unhealthy and developing problems. Will eating healthy reverse all this?
Eat healthy: Eating healthy will help with the insulin resistance. Eating a diet high in fiber and low in processed foods also helps insulin resistance. This includes fresh vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. While it may not reverse the insulin resistance, it may minimize its effects. ...Read more
Just got a clean bill of health from my doctor :) but he said I need to take precautions to avoid getting non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. What can I do?
I have a friend who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He doesn't have to have insulin but need to eat healthy with high carbs. Can you please give me a website or some information on how to take care of this? He has been exercising and watching what he
Thank : Thank you for your question. I would suggest you look at the website for the american diabetes association, www.Diabetes. Org. This site will provide a wealth of information for you and your friend. As you may know, type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body develops a resistance to insulin. As a result, the body has to make more and more Insulin to process glucose properly. The excess in glucose and Insulin eventually has several bad effects on the body, and can result in heart disease, vascular disease, kidney disease, eye disease and nerve problems. A diabetic diet is low in carbohydrates, especially simple sugars. By following a diabetic diet, and losing weight if one is overweight, some people can treat and even cure their diabetes without medicines. ...Read more
Could seroquel (quetiapine) 50-75 mg cause insulin resistance? Even thought I lift heavy weights 6 days/week+ cardio+healthy diet? Do i have to worry?
Adverse effects: Like any other drug, seroquel (quetiapine) does have side effects, one of which is promoting diabetes. Seroquel (quetiapine) was FDA approved for the treatment of schizophrenia. However, it has been heavily prescribed "off-label" for other mental conditions. In 2010 a class action lawsuit was initiated against the manufacturer of seroquel (quetiapine). Refer to http://www.aboutlawsuits.com/seroquel (quetiapine)-951/ for more information. ...Read more
41 yr old female, healthy weight and moderately active. Postprandial insulin level is 66. Glucose is normal. Eating a low carb, low sugar diet but feel shaky and hungry after eating. What to do?
Sounds backwards: Google my name & then go to my website: Go gluten free, avoid all dairy, transition slowly to at least 80% unprocessed "foods EXACTLY as they grow up out of the ground and in the field' = (*0%) vegetarain. Hi protein diet causes high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, cancer. ...Read more
An 26-year old, no serious health issues/diabetes. In coma from hypoglycaemia... No brain injury. Got insulin injection... Can wake up in 2-5 Days?
Odd statement: You state there is no brain injury in someone in a hypoglycemia induced coma. How would anyone know? Insulin shock can cause brain injury just as easily as trauma. You would not know until the person woke up, if they ever did. Some do, some can persist in a vegetative state indefinitely. A doc who has reviewed the case and examined the patient would have a better chance of answering your questions. ...Read more