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Is there a link between insulin resistance and vision loss?

Is there a link between insulin resistance and vision loss?

Not by itself: The strongest link is between elevated or fluctuating blood sugars and blurred vision. Unstable blood sugars cause fluid shifts in the eye's lens which in turn causes vision instability. Prolonged high blood sugar can cause damage to the small blood vessels in the film layer (retina), which can lead to permanent vision loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Moran
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Insulin Resistance Syndrome (Definition)

Insulin resistance is a state in which a given concentration of insulin produces a less-than-expected lowering of blood sugar. This results from obesity and often causes higher blood sugar levels. The early stage of Insulin resistance, known as impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or prediabetes, is potentially reversible with significant weight loss (at least 7 percent). However, without weight loss, Type 2 Diabetes generally results, often causing severe damage to arteries and ...Read more


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What is the best way to get off a weight loss plateau with insulin resistance?

What is the best way to get off a weight loss plateau with insulin resistance?

More exercise!: Increasing your activity level will provide multiple benefits in this situation: increased metabolism, cardiovascular benefits, and stress reduction. Try it! ...Read more

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Hi, could you please explain what insulin resistance is and how it affects weight loss.

Hi, could you please explain what insulin resistance is and how it affects weight loss.

Insulin resistance: Is a state, usually due to age, genetics and obesity -- where the body (particularly liver and muscle, but all organs) become resistant to the actions of insulin, and it takes more Insulin to do it's jobs. This generally leads to more weight gain, more Insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure, high lipids, heart disease and many other risk factors for early disease and death. ...Read more

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What is the best herb/vitamin. For pcos insulin resistance / weight loss?

What is the best herb/vitamin. For pcos insulin resistance / weight loss?

Lifestyle changes: There really isn't one exceptional herb or supplement for pcos. There are many options but they must be combined with the proper diet and exercise for maximal effect. Pcos and weight loss should be treated in a holistic, integrative way, looking at the whole picture and getting at the root of the problem. ...Read more

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Insulin resistance syndrome unintended weight loss 5x6 weigh 96 lbs?

Insulin resistance: This is not making sense, especially on actis where there is normally some weight gain. You need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for metformin for insulin resistance to work in achieving weight loss?

How long does it take for metformin for insulin resistance to work in achieving weight loss?

No or maybe: There is no consistent evidence that metformin helps with weight loss. Studies simply do not back up this statement. Individuals do seem to lose weight while on metformin, but it is not at all clear it's the drug. ...Read more

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What is the ideal breakfast for someone with pcos / insulin resistance? Something to promote weight loss/low carb?

What is the ideal breakfast for someone with pcos / insulin resistance? Something to promote weight loss/low carb?

Breakfast: The important thing is not to skip breakfast. Low glycemic diet is important. Omega 3 rather than omega 6, trans fats and saturated fats are important. Fruit, veggies and protein should be an important part of any meal. Also, a morning and afternoon snack with a bit less less food at your meals, ie spread the calories around can also help. ...Read more

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I use nuvaring which is causing hair loss, acne, and cravings. My thyroid levels are normal. I have pcos, insulin resistance, and abnormal uterin bleeding. Whatshould I do?

I use nuvaring which is causing hair loss, acne, and cravings. My thyroid levels are normal. I have pcos, insulin resistance, and abnormal uterin bleeding. Whatshould I do?

PCOS more likely : Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a more likely cause of the hair loss and acne since this condition causes hormonal imbalances favoring more androgens which can cause hair loss and acne. Sometimes hormonal birth control will be used to help. You may do better on a different hormonal birth control pill that has a better estrogen effect. ...Read more

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My TSH is around 3. Fatigue, low energy. Have PCOS and insulin resistance. Can I be suffering from hypothyroidism? Is there a link with metformin?

My TSH is around 3. Fatigue, low energy. Have PCOS and insulin resistance. Can  I be suffering from hypothyroidism? Is there a link with metformin?

Thyroid: Most US laboratories will report a TSH of 3 as "normal," but most endocrinologists in 2014 consider normal or be under "roughly" 2.5 (dissenting opinions welcome.) It's so close you might get different opinions from different doctors whether this makes you hypothyroid or not, but it's a close call either way. There is no association between metformin and thyroid function. ...Read more

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Is insulin resistance reversible? If so, what can one do to reverse it?

Is insulin resistance reversible? If so, what can one do to reverse it?

To some extent: Genetic programming + environmental factors, like obesity, cause Insulin resistance (ir). Even in thin girls & women with pcos, they have ir. Certain ethnic groups also have ir like african and native american. Obesity exacerbates ir making more likely to get diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. Metformin and lifestyle change can reduce ir, postponing/preventing complications of ir. ...Read more

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How likely can one get insulin resistance when not having any of the risk factors?

Insulin Resistance: This diagnosis implies obesity or over eating carbohydrates and sugars. If you have a tendency genetically to diabetes then this may be a sign of that. But, if you have no common risk factors than genetics may be to blame. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if smoking is bad for someone with insulin resistance?

Bad for EVERYONE: Insulin resistance is highly related to the development of diabetes, and diabetes is itself a risk factor for development of coronary heart disease and myocardial infarction (heart attack), the number one cause of death in the us. Smoking is the second most common risk factor for heart attack. Combining them makes heart disease highly likely. Plus various cancers, bronchitis and emphysema. ...Read more

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What causes insulin resistance in a non-diabetic person? Can it be cured? Anything important i need to know?

What causes insulin resistance in a non-diabetic person? Can it be cured? Anything important i need to know?

Age, family history : And 70-90% of the influence is weight gain. You are commonly resistant for 5-15 years before resulting in overt diabetes. It's a progression you can delay by diet and exercise and weight loss. ...Read more

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Insulin resistance? fasting insulin 76pmol/l after 75gOral glucose- 1hr-insulin-849pmol/l . 2 hr-864pmol/l glucose fast 5.4mmol/l 1hr10.4 2hr7.5

Time to get serious: You have normal glucose tolerance. Your fasting and 2 hr glu is not quite at the level of "impaired". Your insulin levels are on the high side, suggesting insulin resistance. Now is the time to start getting your weight under control, proper diet, and physical activity. Talk to your doctor about your particular situation. ...Read more

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Will nutrasweet affect insulin resistance?

Will nutrasweet affect insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance: Nutrasweet is two amino acids. I have seen no papers relating the two. Most common cause for Insulin resistance is obesity. The use of sugar substitute is first step in improvement. ...Read more

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How can I get pregnant with insulin resistance?

How can I get pregnant with insulin resistance?

Yes, but it: Is more difficult as Insulin resistance can lead to pcos, infertility, abnormal menses, increased male hormone levels, etc. Diet, exercise and weight reduction is excellent therapy. Talk to your doctor about possible metformin therapy. ...Read more

Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


Dr. Tim Conrad
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Loss Of Vision (Definition)

Loss of vision reflects the inability to perceive images. Such a phenotype can be due to occlusive or barriers to light (e.g. cataracts) through retinal alterations (e.g. wet macular degeneration) to optic nerve lesions (e.g. from a pituitary adenoma) to central nervous system ...Read more