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Overcoming insulin resistance
January 3, 2014
1:51 PM
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thank you, Andee. I am convinced this is a good program. My question is how long might it take to reverse our insulin resistance? I am seeing 12 weeks as a general estimate online, not for 21DSD but in general.
I wonder if I am asking this question in the wrong place on this forum?

January 1, 2014
1:19 PM
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I know I'm a Type II who struggles with all the usual issues and lately my sugars have been super high because I've been a complete mess with my food. Doing this detox (Day 5) helps me get my sugars back in control and should curb my cravings.

I didn't talk to my doctor about it, but since it's similar to other low-carb plans, I think most endocrinologists would be for it.

December 31, 2013
3:05 PM
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I was not looking for medical advice, only wondering if anyone on this forum had insulin resistance and used 21DSD to overcome it. I am under the care of a doctor who is very capable and open to alternative, but this is outside his experience.
Thank you!

December 31, 2013
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It sounds like you have a lot of pieces to a complex puzzle at play. We cannot offer medical advice on this forum. Have you considered seeing a Naturopath or Holistic Nutritionist that could help put the pieces together for you?

December 30, 2013
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Thank you for the response.

My weight is not good, ever since being on cortisol last year for my adrenals. Large gain, and I still have 20+ pounds to lose. And not losing, even with the low carbs and my exercising. I am on thyroid and have it checked regularly.

Are you saying that I might have to stay on the 21DSD for a year to get my body to begin to respond to insulin correctly? That seems like a long time. I was guessing maybe 2 - 3 months.

December 30, 2013
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It sounds like you are doing all the right things and your values are heading in the right direction. It can sometimes take up to a year for our body to normalize in response to a change such as this. May I ask how your weight is? And also, have you had your thyroid checked recently?

December 29, 2013
12:56 PM
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To clarify on my first statement, I am watching A1C (once every three months) and the glucose is daily.

December 29, 2013
12:55 PM
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Thank you for your response. I am watching my A1C and my glucose daily. After 8 months of eating the way I described, both values were still not in range. My A1C was 5.7 and my fasting glucose was 100-115. Not terrible, but my goal was in range, under 100. Only when I started 21DSD and gave up stevia and dairy did my fasting come under 100. I am very happy with that, but not convinced that 21 days is going to effect a permanent change.

As far as exercise, I have been exercising 6 days a week for the last 5 months (I have chronic fatigue and before that time I was in a chair all day.) For the last 6 weeks I have been doing high intensity intervals (Peak8) three days a week, and intense strength training the other three days (a knock-off of P90X, but only about 30" per).

Thanks again for the help.

December 28, 2013
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How are you determining/quantifying your insulin resistance? If your glucose has normalized and you've been eating this way for ~8 months one might deduce that your insulin response is much more sensitive. 20-30 g of carbs/day is quite low. Are you exercising? (a GREAT way to improve insulin resistance). Not knowing anything else about you or your health profile, I don't see why re-introducing some healthy carbs back into the mix wouldn't be a feasible option at this point, watching how you feel as you do so of course.

December 28, 2013
6:29 PM
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I am 12 days into 21DSD. I have been eating low carb (no grains, no fruit, no sugar) for 8 months already, trying to lower my glucose. I am pre-diabetic, and trying to reverse it. By eliminating stevia and dairy, my glucose is now down where it should be. I am very grateful, but now wondering just how long it might take to actually overcome insulin resistance. I understand that the 21DSD is designed to change our appetite for sugar, but my goal goes beyond that so I expect to have to go longer than 21 days. Does anyone have any experience with this?

I am not asking how long before I can eat sugar again, as I gave up sugar 8 months ago. I am interested in being able to use stevia again, and in eating more carbs. I have been on 20-30 carbs/day for the 8 months and am anxious to be able to increase that.

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