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Old 08-03-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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serum insulin level "high"???

Just got some labwork back today and it states that my INSULIN level is 29.2 and the normal range is (2.6-24.9) uIU/mL.

My INSULIN FREE level is high as well at 16.9 and the reference range of (1.5-14.9).

Are these indicative of diabetes? This is all new to me.


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Old 08-03-2010, 02:32 PM   #2
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Re: serum insulin level "high"???

I believe that what this indicates is that you are insulin resistant. Your body does not deal with the insulin properly so it is forced to over produce it. With normal blood sugars (I'm assuming this because you don't mention it) you do not currently have diabetes, but unfortunately you are probably on the road there. Ways to combat IR are to get more active (walk, run, bike, etc) and cut back on "white" foods. That is foods that are high in carbohydrate, low in fiber, and are easily broken down and absorbed. Things like rice, potato, breads, pasta, etc. Eating more fiber will help as will reducing any excess body fat if you have any. Has your doctor discussed these results with you? A trip to a dietitian or nutritionist might be in order.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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Re: serum insulin level "high"???

I'm awaiting a call from my physician. The reason for the bloodwork is that I am preparing for gastric bypass surgery. My PTH INTACT was low and so was my Vitamin D.

Thank you for your prompt response.

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