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Old 03-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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Insulin Resistance - blood sugar monitoring

Hi Everyone,
Was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance by my obgyn. She also referred me to a nutritionist. Neither suggested I use a glucose meter to monitor blood sugar levels. However, what I've seen online is that ir people are monitoring blood sugar levels. Suggestions on what to do?
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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Re: Insulin Resistance - blood sugar monitoring

Yes, get a meter and start testing your glucose levels after meals! You'll want to see how your body responds to carbs so you can adjust your diet accordingly. In the early stages of diabetes (often before it's diagnosed), the beta cells in the pancreas have to work extra hard to put out enough insulin to overcome the resistance. It is thought that the more you stress out the beta cells by forcing them to produce so much insulin, the faster they can burn out, so to speak.

Google the website blood sugar 101 and educate yourself about diabetes. I know you were only diagnosed as insulin resistant, but it's helpful info as insulin resistance is a big part of type 2 diabetes.

The Walmart Relion brand of meters is pretty affordable and you can buy it without a prescription. The strips are about $20 for 50 strips which is cheap compared to the other brands.

The diet advice given by nutritionists is not always best for your body or blood sugars and the only way to know is to test your blood sugar.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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Re: Insulin Resistance - blood sugar monitoring

Do you have a primary care physician or are you using an ob/gyn as your primary care person? And are you pregnant?

If you're not pregnant, you may just want to ask your ob/gyn for a referral to an endocrinologist, so you can get more specific care regarding the insulin-resistance. It'd be helpful to know whether you're pre-diabetic or whether you actually already have diabetes.

And if you're pregnant or are planning to get pregnant, you need an ob/gyn who will do more than just tell you you're insulin-resistant and let it go at that. It is absolutely imperative for any pregnant woman (or soon-to-be-pregnant woman) to have normal blood sugars both before and during pregnancy. The health of both the mother and child is at stake!

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