Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-06-21


Insulin Resistance

I really am miserable... At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with insulin resistance and PCOS. At 13 I weighed 42kg, and I was average height, through grade 8 my weight went to 55kg and a year later I was 63kg. I was picking up weight while running 4km everyday and watching what I ate. I couldn' t understand it! I have been to specialists and no one can help me. Now, I am 20 and I weigh 72kg, am 1.68m tall. I' ve even stopped menstruating ( even when on the pil). I can try everything under the sun, I have never lost a single kilogram! Blood tests revealed too much insulin, too little estrogen, too much testosterone and an underactive thyroid. I have been on Glucophage for 5 years now, currently on 850mg 2x daily. Running now 6km a day, drinking 2 liters of water and eating balanced - I manage to stay the same weight. I am at university in Potchefstroom, 2nd year Dietetics. Tonight as I was studying for my Physiology exam, Endocrine, an anger came up within me reading about the effects of insulin - increasing fat deposits in adipose tissue and inhibiting release of fatty acids from adipose tissue for utilization. So it is this insulin making me fat, and I just want to cry because nobody can help me. In Nutrition we learn about eating a balanced meal etc. I must be honest, I' m so fed up I feel like never eating carbohydrate again if it is stimulating more insulin release. But it goes against everything I know. What can I do just to shed some weight? 10kg? I wake up early for training and it goes unnotticed. Believe me, at this age girls want to be noticed, and the boys don' t look your way if you seem a little overweight. What can I do???

Expert's Reply


Diabetes expert

It is excellent that you follow a healthy lifestyle with exercising!! You must continue with that, but i would suggest that you see a biokineticist to ensure that your exercise program and what you are eating is balanced - weight gain/loss will depend on your energy input and energy expenditure - as this may be different from one person to another. If there is weight gain you must either decrease the portion sizes or increase your energy output, by exercising more or participating in more daily activities.
Insulin resistance may play a role in your health-related problems but it can be managed. Another important aspect is the effect of your emotions on your health - you may benefit from psychological support as you mentioned that you are miserable and unhappy.

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