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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Insulin resistance severe weight loss, am 5'6" &93lbs. All lab and scans normal. What could it be and what will help?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Metformin 500mg twice for PCOS & insulin resistance. Now normal blood results, regular periods & 40 pounds wt loss. Should I reduce or stop metformin?
Not without: discussing with your prescribing provider. Congratulations and keep up the good work (: ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It could be: Challenging but still do-able.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
What causes insulin resistance in a non-diabetic person? Can it be cured? Anything important i need to know?
fasting insulin 76pmol/l
after 75gOral glucose-
1hr-insulin-849pmol/l . 2 hr-864pmol/l
glucose fast 5.4mmol/l
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
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
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
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