Insulin levels at different points in menstrual cycle

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Insulin levels at different points in menstrual cycle

Postby BethC » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:06 pm


I'm just wondering if this is coincidence or not. I have been eating the GI way for the past couple of months since a scan showed PC ovaries. I had to have another blood test done as they didn't do it on the right day of my cycle initially so still haven't been officially diagnosed. However, I am sure I have insulin resistance as get nauseous and dizzy if I don't eat and definitely feel the effects of eating foods high in sugar.

Anyway, back to the point. I have been controlling my glucose levels really well with the diet, but last week, towards the end of my cycle (which seems to be a bit more regular) I got really major carb cravings and just could have eaten constantly. I'm wondering if where you are in your cycle can affect your insulin levels?

Has anyone else had a similar experience?


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Postby sorcha » Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:16 pm

yes, same for me...the weekend before my period is frequently like that and so I always need to keep very very busy in order to not give in to it!
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Postby LittleDot » Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:50 pm

The cycle can affect insulin levels. I'm an insulin dependent diabetic. When I'm post ovulation my sugar levels raise (and gives me cravings for sweet things) so I have to increase my insulin dose. When I see AF my suger levels dip so I have to put my insulin dose back to the original dose prior to ovulation.

Hope this helps.
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Postby Ehlana » Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:43 pm

Gosh I am so glad that someone else gets this! About 2/3 days before my period I could eat for Britain!! Always carby things like chips - nothing else will do. I find it stops as soon as my period starts and I don't feel quite so bloated as well.

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Postby BethC » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:41 pm

Dot - that's really interesting about the insulin. What does AF mean though?

Nice to know I'm not the only one!
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Postby priyabram » Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:16 am

AF is Aunt flow - to indicate when you begin to menstruate. I haven't checked my insulin levels but I certainly have fluctuating weight and associated cravings prior to AF coming. So much so that the bulk of my weight loss efforts are concentrated on Day 6 - Day 20 only. The rest of the days D21 - D5 are when my weight will be about 2kgs more and if I can control my hunger pangs I can manage to keep the wt loss of the previous days.
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