Diabetes

Question
Posted by: claudie | 2009-01-15

Q.

High insulin levels

I am a 44 year old female. I had a total hysterectomy 16 years ago. I get HRT implants done every six monhs. I got a call from my doctors rooms this morning and they advised me that he will be putting me on medication because my insulin level is high (33.08) which was picked up from my blood tests.

Please tell me more about what the cause of this is and what this means to me and my overall health. I was advised from his rooms that I need to eat my carbs and proteins together and this is a contradiction of the eating plan that I follow (Sure Slim) which says that I must not have any carbs. Please help as I do not know what to do anymore. Is my way of eating good or bad? Do Inow go back to eating carbs? Please help!

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert

High insulin levels are very common amongst people who are overweight. One of the best methods to address this, is with frequent exercising - a huge study was performed the DPP study, evaluating different groups of patients with glucose intolerance, and the group on life style changes did the best. Some medications are also insulin sensitisers and may help for insulin resistance, but I would definitely recommend an exercise program as part of your treatment.
I would recommend you contact a dietician to advise you on your diet - there are different ways of managing your diet and the best is to find out what works for you - one of the best diets, is a diet with low glycaemic index foods that will help to keep your blood glucose levels stable.

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