Insulin Resistance

Why we all seem to carry it all around the waist...

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Postby babygem » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:05 am

Good to hear you got all of the tests done ok, Tina.

Sounds as though your "funny turn" could be due to a very low blood glucose level following the OGTT - the glucose drink would have raised your glucose level sharply (especially as you had fasted), followed by big rush of insulin to try to lower it, which can then overdo the job and send you in to a low glucose situation a couple of hours or so later. This is exactly what happened to me when I had the OGTT - I think the staff are looking out for it as it another indicator of insulin resistance.

Glad the low GL diet is going well - congratulations on the stone and a half weight loss! I reckon you're right about stress making your skin worse again, I've found sticking to this sort of diet has helped my skin tremendously, so sounds as though your recent problems areprobably a stress-induced blip.
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Postby TinaD » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:48 pm

Hi Ladies - had a bad week - after the tests last monday we had to have our dog 'Meg' put to sleep, OH the kids & I were devasted. My son did his last GCSE and loads of other stuff happened.

All my symptoms went worse, again showing how stress seems to have an affect on PCOS. I didn't stick to the low GI, although i didn't eat really badly - but what a huge difference it did seem to make. I had shakes before my next due meals, never felt satisfied after i ate and was 'constantly' hungry, which made me irritable. I was constantly tired and had to go to bed in the middle of the day a couple of times. Getting up in the morning wasn't good - i felt really nauseous and very tired again. My skin was oily and the hair growth worse.

Yesterday i went back to Low GI and today stuck to it and hey presto i feel better with more energy. Could this happen that quickly?

I go back to see specialist this wed to find out results of the tests done last mon. Will let you know how i got on. Hope all is ok with you all.
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Postby Annoldie » Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:07 pm

Hi Tina, hope things are better now, sorry to hear about Meg was she getting on a bit? How did you get on with your results? Ann
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Postby babygem » Fri Jun 19, 2009 6:45 pm

So sorry to hear about your Meg, Tina - I know how very upsetting it can be losing a much loved dog as I have been through it 4 times now and it never gets any easier, as they are always so much part of the family.

Not surprised you have found things difficult as a result lately especially with your son's exams as well. Definitely a time to cut yourself a bit of slack - but well done you for getting back on the low GI so quickly.

Hope you get some positive news from the results - be sure to let us know how you get on.

Any chance of you being able to pamper yourself with a non-food treat of some kind?
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Postby TinaD » Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:30 pm

Thanks for your replies ladies - bet you wondered where i'd vanished to. Had probs renewing my membership and heaps of other stuff has happened.

Ann & babygem - Meg was a rescue dog and we think she was about 13, so a good age hey. We still really miss her as you can imagine.

My results were a bit of a shock. The OGGT test done back in June confirmed that I have got IR - after years of ordinary blood tests showing normal (surprise surprise). It really is worrying isn't it to think there are so many pre-diabetic/diabetics being told they havn't got any problems despite us continually going to the drs feeling unwell. Apparently I have impaired fasting glycaemia, impaired glucose tolerance and reactive hypoglycaemia. I'm still trying to get my head around it all, aswell as the other PCOS symptoms. At present specialist wants to treat me via lifestyle change and no metformin. I'm still sruggling with feeling unwell but good news on GL diet - i've now lost 2 stone.

Hope you are well ladies and winning in the PCOS/ IR fight!

Now i'm back online i'll be catching up with all your news and look for some more good advice. Good to be back.

All the best Tina x
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Postby Annoldie » Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:52 pm

Good to have you back. The poor level of knowledge that so many GPs and some Consultants have about PCOS is really worrying. At least you can put a name to some of your problems now. Congratulations on your weight loss. Ann.
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Postby babygem » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:09 am

Welcome back, Tina.

At least you know what you are dealing with now and positive steps you an take. Congratulations on the 2 stone weight loss.
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Postby TinaD » Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:23 pm

Thanks for your replies again ladies - its good to be back. Interesting to read the continued posts about people struggling to get the GGT test and all the symptoms that so many of us are having to cope with. I've now seen gp for follow up, seen the practice nurse re: diabetes advice (even though diagnosed IR) and a dietician. Gp didn't seem to think i needed to see these, but specialist advised to, so i did anyway. Even though they were very nice, i don't think they seemed to tell me anything that i'm not already doing - excercising and the low GL diet. Bit concerned that i'm still feeling the same as before - a mixture of good days and bad. One thing i have noticed is that i am a lot worse if i'm under stress. But how can we avoid stress in our modern lives? and would this mean that i will never feel really well most of the time ever again? I've got so many questions, but the medical field don't seem to be able to answer them. The dietican and nurse did say be patient and the symptoms will get better with continued weight loss. Any advice? (sorry about the moan!)
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Postby Dee » Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:45 pm

Hi Tina,
Just been reading all about your saga! Great that you've finally been diagnosed. Just wondering about the stress thing you've mentioned a couple of times, you don't happen to know what blood group you are do you?
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Postby TinaD » Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:40 pm

Hi Dee - think i'm ordinary 'O' group.

The practice nurse did say that stress does alter blood sugar levels, so trying to keep as healthy and relaxed as possible (with 2 teenage children?!) I excercise regularly, incl doing yoga.

I think i'll get one of the machines to test glucose levels - a lot of the ladies on the threads are recommending them. Hopefully i can see what my readings are when i'm feeling unwell and maybe identify certain foods (or times when particularly stressed) that might be affecting me. I'm seeing the dietician again on 7th Sept

Hope you are ok and thanks for your reply - Tina
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Postby Dee » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:24 pm

Thought I would ask because A types (like me!) have a higher base level of the stress hormone cortisol and I've found that it does make a huge difference when stressed as it reacts with the insulin making symptoms worse. Of course as you know telling someone not to get stressed is much easier said than done!
Hope your appointment on the 7th goes well.
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Postby TinaD » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:39 pm

Dee - i had cortisol levels checked and i think the results were (UFC - normal at 16 and 64). Been trying to look up normal levels but as yet not found much info on what is 'normal'. It is interesting the link with stress and symptoms. Think this could explain why sometimes i can feel unwell even after i've eaten well.

Sorry to hear that stress affects your well-being. Like you say being stress free is very hard to acheive isn't it, especially when its in your genetic make-up.

Tina
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Postby TinaD » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:49 pm

Does anybody have any thoughts/experience with managing their IR symptoms that you could share with me. (Still trying to get my head around diagnosis)

My diagnosis is Impaired fasting glycaemia, impaired glucose tolerance and reactive hypoglycaemia. Is this just a breakdown of IR to be treated as a whole or should i be looking in more depth at each one?

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