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    Default Insulin Resistance Advice please

    So I have just come from the doctor after another dr suggest I get tested for insulin resistance.

    My dr looked at his records and agreed to a test and commented 'well dr ... (Different dr same practise) tested you back in 2012 and you were positive for it then so I'm pretty sure you still have it.' She I asked why this dr didn't say anything he said 'well you were pregnant so she probably didn't think there was anything to be done'

    Now I have seen this dr for upper gastric pain, IBS, headaches, easily putting on weight all apparently can be from IR and estrogen dominance and not once did he bring up those results. Worse I just had a miscarriage last month and apparently this can also be attributed to IR. It makes sense as I was suffering from bad periods and short LP and found vitex really helped the symptoms but I stopped taking it when n I got pregnant (I weaned over two weeks)

    So I guess my question is anyone who has it... What helped you lower your levels... I know exercise and no sugar but is there any other supplement etc. I will speak to the dr as well I just keep going through it in My mind.

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    I saw a nutritionist who specialises in insulin resistance and diabetes to get an eating plan and I go to the gym 5 times per week. I'm currently trying a low dose contraceptive pill too. I don't know if that will help anything but it's worth a shot. My AFs are all over the place (short LP and sometimes I ovulate twice and sometimes not at all) and my progesterone is very low. I'm hoping balancing the hormones will help but so far the eating and exercise plans have been amazing and I've lost quite a bit of weight. I think this is one of those things that you have to stay on top of. Finding a good dr who knows enough about it is a start.

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    Default Insulin Resistance Advice please

    I was diagnosed 2 months ago. Doctor put me on metformin because it helps to regulate insulin levels. He also put me on duromin to help me lose weight because that helps control it too.
    I later found out I have pcos which is probably how I got ir to begin with; it's worth checking out, especially if you're having period related problems.
    Your gp can give you 5 free sessions through Medicare to visit a dietician to come up with a meal plan that works: actually I will take a photo of mine tomorrow for you.
    It's very basic but it's good that will help control your insulin.

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    Thanks so much for the advice - both of you. GPD if you don't mind taking a photo of the diet that will e awesome. Not so I can copy but would be good to get an idea of what I will be eating....

    I'm hoping my doctor will give me the tablets as well as diet and excercise. I just really want to get on top of it...

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    I had PCOS from age 14, & IR diagnosed at 23 - but no treatment prescribed other than to lose weight. HA HA! easier said than done. IR was severe- fasting level was 20, peak was 100. In healthy people peak is 20!

    Saw FS at age 30 - very very abnormal periods by this stage - PCOS way out of control, with IR driving my weight gain. Dr started me on metformin straight away.

    I had developed severe overgrowth of the uterine lining, and had abnormal cells in there. Dr treated me for that for 6 months, then had a really serious talk with me. The cell changes were 'pre cancerous' & treatment was guided by an oncologist (cancer doctor). If I didn't do something about my weight it would happen again.

    I opted for surgical intervention. I weighed 160kg. Gastric band went in, and with help of counselling about food, I got rid of 73kg in one year. (5 years ago)

    Now PCOS is still there, but periods all normal as is ovulation. IR is gone. I eat mainly diabetic style diet - smart carbs and protein plus veg. & Avoid processed sugars as much as I can.

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    @Kazzy36 that's amazing!
    @Meld85 I completely forgot, I've set a reminder on my phone to do it tomorrow. The one she printed is a generic one she's made so, if you like the options she's written, copy it! Or just use it for ideas. She's made it so that there are enough carbs for energy but not too much that you can't burn it.

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    My FS recommended a product called 'Inofolic' that helps with IR while TTC. I was lucky in that a pharmacist in the same building has it on hand (as he prescribes it often) but otherwise you have to order it online. I'm not sure if it was what made the difference in our last cycle (currently 17 weeks with twins ) but it certainly is worth a try.

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    @Blinky76 so pharmacies don't normally have it? I'm not keen on ordering medication online...

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    Attachment 70239 so this is the plan I've been given for insulin resistance. @Meld85
    She has tried to balance the amount of carbs so that I still have energy. The days I follow it have been great!
    She recommended soy &blinders bread. She said to try and add seeds like chia, flaxseed and linseed to my meals as well.
    Hope these help for you. I'm quite happy eating the same things every day but DH hates it so would never stick to a plan like this.

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    Thanks Blinky 76 - I just googled it and it looks good. Can I ask did you FS mention if it can/cannot be mixed with Vitex? I found I fall pregnant pretty easy with Vitex but I miscarried after I went off it... I'm not sure if it was stopping the vitex, my possible IR tome something or different.... Also have you stayed taking it while pregnant?

    Thanks so much GPD for going to the trouble however I can't see the photo...lol - I am on my phone so will jump on my laptop tomorrow and see if it comes up for me. Either way I really do appreciate it...


 

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