Patient Comments: Insulin Resistance - Symptoms


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Comment from: Luvnarsbars, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I am a 47 year old woman who for the past 6 to 12 months just didn't feel right. Symptoms are severe tiredness, brain fog, no energy, bad self-esteem, weight gain of 10 kg over a year, nausea when I eat and craving for anything with salt or sugar. All blood tests from my general physician came back normal. I went to a naturopath, you guessed it, insulin resistance. I was put on a low carbohydrate, high protein diet to start shifting the weight, vitamin D supplement as I was very low, and a few other Metagenics supplements. Within four days (and I was being very strict with myself and not cheating on my diet), I began to feel a small shift. I was able to exercise for 20 minutes of reasonably paced walking. Each day since then I have felt better. My sleep is still a bit of a problem, but working on my weight has helped lift the brain fog, my self-esteem and my nausea. Now I am walking 40 to 50 minutes most days and feeling so much better in myself. If I cheat and have sweets or a few lollies I can get a migraine almost immediately and carbohydrates just cause so much bloating that it isn't worth it. I spend a lot of money on good food for myself, but having said that, as I don't buy any chocolate, sweets, chips etc., it probably is the same amount if not a bit cheaper. I always have a stash of nuts, protein bars and shakes nearby just in case. This saves a lot of temptation. So far, in 5 weeks I have lost 5.5 kg and 4 cm off my waist.

Comment from: Stacey, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

When I was 17 (and in shape) my doctor said that I was insulin resistant, pre-diabetic and had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Ten years later my hormones leveled out and I've made progress over time raising my HDL and lowering my triglycerides but I'm very overweight now. Doctor thought I might be anemic but she also suspected diabetes. Tests showed my HbA1c was low and my insulin was high. This did not surprise me because I tested my blood sugar 2 times a day for 2 weeks and it was usually the low end of normal, sometimes lower and rarely average.

Comment from: Akhtar, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

Unfortunately, doctors have never checked the cause why my blood sugar is not in control. I eat exactly what has been prescribed above, but I keep gaining weight, slowly. Last year I was at a place where I had access to a gym. I was on the treadmill, exercise bike for 50 minutes, total, and then weights for another 40 minutes. My weight went down, stomach was in, muscles were visible. My HBA1C went down from 7.8 to 6.1 in two months. Now it is 8.1 again.

Comment from: Myrnamo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, blood sugar is 116. I had a low carbohydrate diet for 3 months. It is difficult to lose weight. Doctor says there is no test for insulin resistance. And am not diabetic.

Comment from: AMH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I was just diagnosed with insulin resistance today by a doctor who listened to me. For years I have tried so hard to lose weight. Yet no matter what diet I went on or how hard and long I exercised I couldn't get my weight under control. I've been to so many doctors. Over and over they would misdiagnose and tell me to "just lose some weight." They never seemed to listen when I explained my long and intense walking, cycling, swimming, and kayaking workouts, usually for two or more hours each day. I kept detailed food diaries that listed everything about the food. I refined and refined and refined my healthy eating plan until there was no refined foods in my diet. Yet the doctors didn't seem to hear me. I guess they couldn't see beyond my size. So my health has continued to deteriorate even with very healthy eating and lots of hard exercise. For example, last week I cycled 77 miles. Yet the Physicians Assistant I saw a few weeks ago told me I "really should consider getting some aerobic exercise." Finally, after 10 doctors in the last 2 years, I have found a wonderful doctor who really listened and who really understood what I've been going through. He prescribed Metformin. I feel so much relief that I've finally found someone who will work with me to improve my health. I'm anxious to see how the Metformin will help my already established good health habits.

Comment from: Bronwyn, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I was overweight and could not conceive and all my fat is stored in my belly. I explained this to my doctor and he did a test and I was diagnosed as insulin resistant. That was the cause for my infertility. I went on a low GI diet. I lost weight and the problem was reversed after three months. I fell pregnant with my baby boy, but now I am back to where I was, and struggling to go back on my diet.

Comment from: brenda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

my sugar just keeps dropping even after eating 1 hour and half earlier it drops whenever drove myself to hospital when it didn't show on 2 machines

Comment from: Corien, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

My doctor wants to send me for tests to see if I am insulin resistant. I follow a strict diet and I exercise 6 to 7 times a week for 30 to 40 minutes of cardio and Pilates. I have been unable to lose weight for 15 months. I am tired and irritable. I have severe headaches. My eyesight has deteriorated. I am extremely thirsty all the time. During summer I drink 4 to 6 liters of water because of my thirst. During my period I get dizzy spells and scrapes and bruises take a long time to heal.


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Comment from: peach, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I started feeling bad when I started puberty. Mostly I stayed sick and it got worse as I got older. In high school I had a constant migraine. I would shake all over. After graduation I started college and I was really into exercising and I began to notice a change in my energy levels and I had less migraines. However, I moved to a bigger university and stopped my exercise routine. I was back to being sick, but it was worse. I would pass out and wake up vomiting. I would shake for no reason and when I hurt myself (like cuts or scrapes) it would take weeks to heel. I finally had enough of it when I passed out in the middle of a presentation and went to see my doctor. He diagnosed me with insulin resistance. I had to lose weight. I am 5'0" and weighed 136. I have lost twelve pounds. I still have episodes where my sugar gets extremely low then spikes rapidly.

Comment from: Sickofbeingsick, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I am presently undergoing serious symptoms of insulin resistance. After years of taking Metformin, I was recently taken off of it and put back on my first insulin - Lantus. I have also taken Byetta for years with no problem. To make a long story short, I had an allergic reaction with Lantus that landed me in the hospital. Then I was switched to Levemir, and guess what? Another rotten reaction. Then I was switched to Novolin and here goes again. I am presently undergoing that allergic reaction. I am about ready to give up.

Comment from: anonymouspatient, Male (Patient) Published: February 13

10 years ago the medical doctor I went to taught me the trans fats (anything with "hydrogenated oil" in the label) causes insulin resistance. Refined sugars cause high sugar. He taught me how to eat and got my sugar controlled. It is scary how much ignorance is out there on the part of md's that were taught nothing about nutrition. The Trans fats clog cells making it harder for insulin to get in.

Comment from: Ree24, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I was extremely tired all the time, and I couldn't lose weight. Even with exercising every day and counting calories. I finally went to my doctor and was diagnosed with it. She put me on Metformin for a few months, and I started a low carb diet. I lost 34 pounds and my insulin levels were back to normal. It is amazing how much better I feel all around, now that it's under control!

Comment from: Mardi Naidoo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about 12 years ago and was on Diamicron for the past 8 years. I started walking and swimming regularly about 5 years ago and also cut out all unhealthy foods; mainly refined carbohydrates! I also take a cinnamon capsule and a resveratrol capsule; as well as Krill Oil. I monitor my blood sugar daily and have stopped taking the Diamicron as my blood sugar is well controlled without it, and if I do take it, it causes terrible low blood sugar! Type 2 diabetes is reversible!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 14

Insulin resistance has never been explained so easily. It's so important for patients and caregivers to understand pre-diabetes and diabetes, so they can take action once they know why is so important to have the right nutrition, to exercise and to lose weight. Everything makes sense in diabetes.


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