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Is it Insulin Resistance?


photo courtesy of JScreationzs
photo courtesy of JScreationzs


Insulin resistance is what happens to people which causes them to have type 2 diabetes right?  They make enough insulin but the body doesn’t utilize it properly so blood sugars go up.  I have type 1 diabetes but also a history of type 2 diabetes in my family.  I’m also Hispanic living in the United States which statistically makes me more prone to type 2 diabetes.  I can’t get type 2 now that I have type 1 but I can certainly develop insulin resistance. 

I think I’ve dealt with it before.  I remember in high school I suddenly went from 115 pounds all the way up to over 150 pounds.  I’m a tiny person so this was pretty dramatic and traumatic for me.  At the time my blood sugars were often pretty high.  I was very active throughout all this time in high school so I didn’t understand why I was gaining so much weight.  It seemed so unfair.  I ate like my friends and I exercised the same or more than they did and there I was, getting bigger and bigger. 

In college I got even heavier until I radically changed my diet (think lots of protein and veggies) and eventually shed lots of weight.   Next thing I knew I needed a lot less insulin to cover the same amount of carbohydrates and I had a much easier time managing my blood sugars. 

Lately, I’ve been getting these dark shadings on my skin in areas where there might be friction (bra strap, shoes) and I remember having those in high school.  Those markings can signify insulin resistance.  Seriously?  It’s back?  I have an appointment with an endocrinologist in a few weeks to discuss this and see what I can do.  I’m at a loss because I am not overweight anymore, although I could lose 20 pounds safely (If I want to look more like a model).  I eat pretty healthy and I don’t overeat-and I exercise.  Oh and my blood sugars are usually great.  It feels as if I don’t have any control over this now.  I’m sure that isn’t true but it feels like my own self-help options have run out. 

The interesting thing is I don’t use much insulin.  However, I don’t eat much and I don’t eat many carbs so that should do it eh?

Lately I’ve done a lot of working out with the kettle bell in an attempt to increase calorie burning muscle mass.  It’s working, I’m gaining muscle and toning curves which is great.  But, the working out plus the weekly caloric intake doesn’t justify what is going on with the scale.  I’ve tried eating more and boy did that backfire.  So I’m back to confused. 

We’ll see what the doc says.  In the meantime I’m hoping my only option isn’t something like Symlin or Metformin because I hear those cause nausea and I’m very sensitive to drugs and feel their side effects really strongly.  Yet, I’ve heard those work for a lot of people dealing with insulin resistance…

Sigh…I don’t want something extraordinary.  I just want to eat normal and exercise normal and get normal results. 

Anyone dealing with something similar?