Originally Posted by olliedoll
What is the treatment for Insulin Resistance? Will I have to do on medication?
I finally figured out that I was Insulin Resistant back in December, 2004, mostly through reading posts on this Diabetes Board. My major health problems/symptoms that I thought could indicate Insulin Resistance were:
- high blood pressure, surging at night
- Difficulty breathing after eating a high carb meal, especially at night.
- Heart Rhythm problems after eating a high carb meal.
- high triglycerides
At that time, I also had high cholesterol, but my infrequent blood sugar tests, at the doctors office twice a year, seemed usually pretty good, although, at some times, were quite high. The "mostly" reasonable blood sugar levels at the doctor's office threw me off, and made me think that I did not have a "sugar problem", plus, I guess, I was in a state of denial. I suffer from heart failure, Persistent Atrial Fibrillation and AutoImmune problems. I didn't want another health problem like Diabetes.
I took no medicine for it, nor did I get any diagnosis of Insulin Resistance from a doctor. I went on a diet which targeted Insulin Resistance. I started a thread here on HBs, in January 2005, documenting my diet, under High Blood Pressure, named: Does an "Insulin Resistance" diet improve blood pressure?
If you care to read it it is at: [url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=242229[/url]
The diet was very successful, and not only helped to bring my blood pressure down to very healthy levels, but also helped to significantly improve my health, despite the fact that I am almost 70 and suffering from Heart Failure, Persistent Atrial Fibrillation and AutoImmune problems. My cholesterol and triglycerides are also down at very healthy levels without the use of medication.
I frequently monitor my blood sugar and have learned that my Fasting Blood Sugar and Two Hour Postprandial levels go above the normal range if I abuse my current low Glycemic Index
/ Low Glycemic Load
So..... for me, if I want to avoid Diabetes II, and all of the health problems that come with it, then I must continue on a restricted, healthy diet.
Dieting effectively is very difficult. It effects your lifestyle and your relationship with your family. It demands a lot of changes and a lot of time. You might find out that a combination of a better diet, plus taking medication is best for you.