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What Does Insulin Free Bioactive Mean
My prolactin is in its 2000's & bioactive. Prl is 422 (<350). Should I be concerned with the bioactive prl or is it just a off set of a high prolactin?
My bioactive prolactain is 422h. (<350) macroplantain detected and prolactain is 2356 (<500) what does active prl state?
Active = has effect: When a patient gets symptoms that could be due to high prolactin, his/her endocrinologist, neurologist, or reproductive endrocrinologist measures the patient's prolactin level. That prolactin level includes monomeric (single) pieces of prolactin, and macroprolactin (large complexes of multiple pieces of prolactin). It is mainly monomeric prolactin that is bioactive (causes effects in the body). ...Read more
You can stop it now: As a liver specialist, I can tell you that the ingredients in this product are not useful in trying to regenerate the liver, and there is no evidence that is reliable that supports it. It is basically a waste of your money. If you want to support your liver, eat a healthy diet, don't drink too much alcohol or take too much Tylenol, maintain a healthy weight, and don't do drugs. Good luck. ...Read more
What part of a plant, other than the flower, commonly contains bioactive/medically useful chemicals? Researching invasive honeysuckle @ my university.
Stem and roots: Any part of a plant can be bioactive. ...Read more
How much 15+ bioactive manuka honey is safe daily? How often should I have my vitamin d3 tested after it being low before?
Manuka honey is a natural antimicrobial and can also kill friendly flora, so I wouldn't take it routinely but to treat infections, at which time up to 1 tsp 3x/day is safe- see http://tinyurl.com/gsdpjlt
Optimal levels of D are 50-80; most adults need 5-8000 iu/day to get there. After taking about 3 months can recheck, then adjust if needed.Once you're at a good level maintain dose,check yearly. ...Read more
Please follow the advice of your doctor.
You should also go online and read the many articles (not those specifically prepared for doctors) that will help you to understand and get control of your insulin needs.
If you have any questions after that feel free to let me know and I will try and help you. ...Read more
If take long acting an short acting insulin I took two days off to see what reading were they were 15 does this mean I have to have it?
Possibly: Check w/health department, social service, free clinics, hospitals and med school or residency programs in your area. Sometimes the manufacturers will donate free supplies or even arrange to send you rx directly to you or to your doctor. ...Read more
Is being insulin resistant an easy thing to diagnose? Been checked for diabetes, sugar levels ok.Does that necessarily mean i'm not insulin resistant?
Insulin resistance: Insulin resistance is the underlying pathology of most type 2 diabetics and is a common consequence of obesity. It can be diagnosed by a glucose tolerance test. Other characteristics of diabetes can be measured, such as hemoglobin a1c and fasting glucose, triglyceride, body mass index, waist circumference. Insulin resistance is also seen in polycystic ovary syndrome. ...Read more
Depends, Yes..Unless: Type dm develops over several decades, so concern is highly appropriate; keep hba1c ~5.0%, the NMR particle test can predict dm ~20 yrs in advance & keeping these fat carrying proteins in excellent ranges is critically important. Biggest driver of dm is eating sugar(s), i.e. Carbs, so go very low carb. Study: taubes, attia, dietdoctor, lchf, paleo, science for smart people. ...Read more
I was wondering what does it mean by basic secretion of insulin and by the postprandial peak on the secretion of insulin?
Insulin: Hi. The body needs some Insulin even when you're not eating in order to prevent breakdown of muscle and too much release of fat from fat cells and glucose from the liver; this is called "basal" Insulin (not "basic"). When you eat, you need a burst of Insulin to manage the caloric burst of the meal and to clear glucose (and indirectly, fats) from the blood (prandial insulin) and store them. ...Read more
My insulin levels came back at 72. I was told this was 3 times the highest of normal reference range. What does this mean and is it serious?
Too much insulin: This is when too much Insulin was used which can lead to low blood sugar. The treatment is to give back glucose to prevent low blood sugar. Depending on which Insulin was used, it might take a little or a lot of keep your blood sugar from dropping. You might need oral glucose and in severe cases, you might need IV glucose. Call your doctor who knows you best for the best course of action. ...Read more
No: All of people with diabetes type 2, have insulin resistance , but to have Clinical diagnosis of diabetes needs fasting blood sugar of 126 or above .a lot if people may have insulin resistance now but it will take them a while to develope the clinical diagnosis of diabetes. It is safe to say that the majority of over weight people have insulin resistance but not all have diabetes type 2. ...Read more
Possible: By definition type 1 diabetics require insulin, so unless you get a pancreatic transplant, you will need Insulin (some new diabetics have a 'honeymoon' where they can make changes in diet/exercise and not require extra insulin; type 2 diabetes, especially when associated with obesity, is frequently managed without insulin. ...Read more
My dad's insulin directions say take 30 units +2 in the morning and take 15 +1 units in the evening. What does that mean? (+1 and +2)
Ask the prescriber: Best to check with the doctor who sent the prescription to clarify. ...Read more
Decreased response: An easy way to think about "insulin resistance" is re-wording it as "decreased responsiveness". Insulin is generally needed to transport glucose (sugar) into cells, such as muscle or fat cells. In diabetes, one of the problems is potentially that these cells have a decreased responsiveness to Insulin and its actions on glucose. ...Read more
Obesity: There are 2 mechanisms of diabetes: insufficient Insulin or Insulin that isn't working. When the latter occurs, Insulin resistance is the usual cause. Obesity is the most important factor behind Insulin resistance. Most patients with type 2 dm actually produce more than average Insulin but the Insulin isn't able to act properly. ...Read more
How can i have high insulin resistance and hypoglycemia at the same time? Does this mean i am diabetic?
Insulin resistance: Hi. When your body is insulin resistant, your pancreas, as long as it's able, secretes a larger amount of insulin to overcome the resistance; the larger amount of insulin may actually push your blood sugar to the lower end. You may not be diabetic at all, as long as your pancreas can secrete enough insulin to overcome the insulin resistance, although you're at risk. Eat healthily and exercise. ...Read more
My doctor says I have an insulin level of 14 where the normal should be 10. What does this really mean and what can I do to normalize it.
Exercise & lose wt:
Losing about 10% body weight regular aerobic exercise of at least 150 minutes/week would improve sensitivity to insulin.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Insulin serum test was 57. What does that mean & possible cause or side effects. Been to 3 doc & all Say I'm fine. I don't believe that. Help please?
Insulin resistance: Always ask for normal reference range. Different labs use different methods, sometimes w/different units. So a result of 57 w/o context (reference range) is close to useless. However, my guess is that it's elevated but that's really only true if blood drawn while fasting. Any time you eat, your insulin level will increase in response. But should be lowest when fasting. So if it's high, that's resi ...Read more
Type 2 diabetes: The first source of information would be the american diabetes association, which has available a huge amount of literature on the subject. One can look up diabetes on google - but be careful that you realize that the material might not necessarily be checked for acuracy. I have recently released an informational dvd called "diabetes swweet 'n simple" which discusses the basics of the disease. ...Read more
Please explain what do we mean by basic secretion of insulin and by the postprandial peak on the secretion of insulin?
Basal, not "basic": Hi. The body needs insulin when you're fasting; this is referred to as "basal insulin"; it provides a background anti-catabolic effect. The meal burst of insulin secretion is to handle the sudden influx of dietary nutrients (NOT just carbohydrates) into the system, and to promote their uptake and storage in several tissues (liver, muscle, and adipose). Different functions of insulin. ...Read more
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