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Diabetes

Question
Posted by: Anna-Marie | 2018/11/30

Q.

Insulin resistant

My fasting glucose levels are normal and I am not fat nor obese, how can I be insulin resistant? I don't have a family history of diabetes. However, obesity runs in my family, but I am not fat nor obese, but I suffer from bipolar type two. I was diagnosed with insulin resistance some months ago but my Hba1c test is normal. A pharmacist told me I can't be insulin resistant then and I got fed-up with the ketogenic diet, so I started eating everything non-ketogenic. At the moment I am constantly tired, hungry, thirsty, often have to go to the toilet, have prickly fingers. And I don't know what to do.

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert
- 2018/12/06

Hi

I don't know what the basis for the insulin resistance diagnosis is, as you haven't supplied any results, but insulin resistance can occur in patients with normal weight for various reasons e.g premature birth, born underweight, medications, genetics etc. Certainly insulin resistance doesn't explain your current symptoms. I would suggest seeing your doctor for your current symptoms, and from the insulin resistance point of view I would suggest maintaining a normal weight on a balanced diet, which can be determined by a dietitian for you

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