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Old 02-04-2017, 08:52 PM   #1
Corinne
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Help me understand insulin sensitivity

So I am 100% sure that I am very insulin resistant. No question. I have been reading and hearing a lot about healing that with the low carb-ketogenic diet and my question is, how do I know if I am becoming more insulin sensitive? What signs are there or is there a way to know?
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:26 PM   #2
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Best way is a fasting and a post prandial insulin test. High fasting and an even higher post prandial = resistance. Also high A1C's and high FBS indicate resistance, and compared to another person, same A1C but one has 90 and another is 100 for FBS then the 100 one is more resistant than the 90 one.
Of course you repeat that same test as you progress.
But the things that indicate improvement - you will need more and more carbs to kick you off keto, and you will get back into keto sooner with the same amount of carbs.
Also you eat a carb only meal, with very very little fat like I did a few days ago, you don't feel stuffed, you feel light and energetic.
I dunno there is probably more, but this is what I can think of for now.
Oh, possibly an effortless weightloss, atleast till you get to the single digits for BF.
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:51 PM   #3
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Thank you! How long does it take to heal to the point that your insulin sensitivity is normal usually?
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:21 AM   #4
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This is a highly individual thing. For some of us eating a better diet, geting some exercise and losing some weight might do the trick. But in my case losing 50 lbs, geting some exercise 4 or 5 times a week and eating better did not cure my insulin resistance -- helped it a little but sure didn't cure it.
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Old 02-06-2017, 06:15 AM   #5
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WOE: Fibonnaci fasting, BPT atkins 20
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Fasting worked like a charm for me. Oct 26th it was 5.3. Day 5 of a 13 day fast then. Jan 14th 0.8 on day 8 of a fast. I don't know where I started out. The underlying theme is, lower it, and keep it lowered for days on end by not eating anything that creates insulin.
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