Insulin resistance

By margokittycat Latest Reply 2011-08-23 18:03:53 -0500
Started 2011-08-21 21:46:22 -0500

Does anyone know anything about insulin resistance? Or that there is a test now that doctors can do to test for insulin resistance someone was telling me today that there is a test for it and said I should ask the doctor to do one when I go in Tuesday for this long awaited appointment to find out what is going on woth me and why I am tired all the time and have no energy. It has gotten a little better the last couple weeks but still not great.

17 replies

berrykins0 2011-08-23 18:03:53 -0500 Report

i have insulin resistance i'm type 2 diabete i'm on metforin 1 tablet a day and along with exersise diet to control mt diabetes.

jladytiger1979 2011-08-23 10:37:05 -0500 Report

I have insulin resistance that started out under PCOS but later developed into diabetes. I manage mine with Metformin. (Type 2) Mine was determined by a list of symptoms though. No test. Sorry…

margokittycat 2011-08-23 12:04:36 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info. I did read the article jaybee told me to look at and even though they say it is usally type 2 diabetics that get it, and I am type 1 the doctor is runing thyroid and all my other labs that would be common for a physical and year test like liver and kidney functions. She is concerned due to the fact that the thing that started all of this is healed up and nicely she said she does not understand why the BG level wouldstill be so out oc controll after 6+ weeks. She said the blood work should be in tomorrow or thursday and she will call me when they are in.

Armourer 2011-08-22 21:30:24 -0500 Report

I've had to increase my insulin a lot, and it is because of high insulin resistance. Finally have good results, but I take a lot of units. Last week I forgot my insulin attending a funeral, and my father-in-law offered me his insulin (we take the same), he used 11 units, I used 60 units. He was floored. Just be careful if taking metformen a common drug to help with absorbing insulin. I took it for many years until it started to attack my kidneys & liver. Off I went and it was in the early stages and able to reverse the effects. Good luck!

margokittycat 2011-08-23 07:03:14 -0500 Report

Thank you, I refuse to take any pills, my pancreas produces no insulin and has not for over 30 years. As a CphT ccertified pharmacy technican I will not take metformen or a lot of the other drugs that are made for diabetics due to side affects and can look any info on them up.

jayabee52 2011-08-22 23:51:48 -0500 Report

I believe the Met weakened my kidneys to the point that they got an infection and shut down on me. I had to undergo dialysis for 10 months till my kidneys worked well enough that I could discontinue it without danger. My kidneys are still weak, and about 7 years after, i may have to go back on dialysis in the next couple months.

realsis77 2011-08-22 10:47:26 -0500 Report

I wish you the best of luck. I was tired all the time too but after I got put on insulin I felt a lot better! I never figured out what caused the tiredness and still at times it comes back. I truely hope you get it all figured out and feel better!

margokittycat 2011-08-22 10:59:13 -0500 Report

Well, I do know that BS levels being high can cause tiredness, but they usually come with friquent urination and excessive thirst. I have the BS spikes but nothing else. I have been dealing with this for over 6 weeks since being bitten by an unknown bug while gardening. Went to the doctor got put on broad spectrum antibiotic but still feel crappy all the time some days more than others. Thanks for the incouragement.

realsis77 2011-08-22 14:59:30 -0500 Report

Your welcome! I truely hope you will feel better soon! Possiably it is realated to the "bug" bite in some way. Some bugs can carry awful pathogins! Hopefully your doctor can help get this figured out and taken care of! Fatigue and tiredness is an awful thing to deal with!

jayabee52 2011-08-22 02:00:48 -0500 Report

Here is a general overview of insulin resistance, Margo :

I also looked at the tab "tests" on that page and the first line of that page said:

"There is no one test that can directly detect insulin resistance. Instead, a doctor will look at a patient's entire clinical picture and may suspect that the patient has insulin resistance if he has increased glucose levels, increased levels of triglycerides and LDL, and decreased concentrations of HDL. Laboratory tests most likely to be ordered include . . . ." a whole list of tests.

You can go here to read the rest of that page:

redcamel 2011-08-21 22:05:09 -0500 Report

Insulin resistance is where the muscles that use the sugar your body produces is not absorbed by the muscles. That is what metformin does. In my case I have plenty of insulin it is just not getting used. The doctor will check your blood sugar but please please have him check your thyroid gland. That is a common and often overlooked ailment. My answer is the simplified one so it is not exact or perfect but I hope it helps. Also check web MD for info.

margokittycat 2011-08-22 10:14:33 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information after being diabetic for 30+ years and 27 of those years having to take 4 shots per day I wondered obout this. Thank you so much I will have the doctor check the thyroid.