Diabetes

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Posted by: Lorraine | 2011/08/03

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Type II Diabetes/Insulin Resistance

I have been diagnosed with borderline Type II Diabetes / Insulin Resistance but what I can''t understand is that it is my INSULIN that is the problem (has been as high as 40 now down to 27). My sugar is high from time-to-time but not of major concern. I am on Glucophage x 2 a day and Ecotrin and some or other cholesterol meds. Please help me to understand as all diabetics I know measure their glucose levels - I can only have my levels checked by doing a fasting blood test. Does this mean that I therefore am not diabetic? I just don''t understan> > 

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Diabetes expert

In the stage before full blown type 2 diabetes, there is a stage that the pancreas tries to compensate the higher blood glucose level (caused by insulin
resistance) by even producing more insulin. That explains the high insulin levels you had. It is when the pancreas cannot compensate anymore the elevating
blood glucose level and it secretes less insulin that the blood glucose level will rise more and that the full blown type 2 diabetes will set in. I think that you are
in the phase before full blown type 2 diabetes. So, I think that you indeed do not have full blown type 2 diabetes yet but that you should take every measure
you can in addition to your medication such as following a healthy diet, exercising more and losing weight if you are overweight.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2011/08/05

In the stage before full blown type 2 diabetes, there is a stage that the pancreas tries to compensate the higher blood glucose level (caused by insulin
resistance) by even producing more insulin. That explains the high insulin levels you had. It is when the pancreas cannot compensate anymore the elevating
blood glucose level and it secretes less insulin that the blood glucose level will rise more and that the full blown type 2 diabetes will set in. I think that you are
in the phase before full blown type 2 diabetes. So, I think that you indeed do not have full blown type 2 diabetes yet but that you should take every measure
you can in addition to your medication such as following a healthy diet, exercising more and losing weight if you are overweight.

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