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Medichecks Fasting Insulin

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Jim Lahey, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. Tophat1900

    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    Well, to be honest....


    Sorry, gotta go and check my bg level and fill out the spread sheets and draw up the next graph. :D
     
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  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I ordered the test in December 2017, asked my nurse if she could fill the vial for me. She was willing but decided to ask someone else for permission. The answer came back a resounding no. Something to do with insurance. She did, however, give me the details of a local private GP who would do it for me, for a small fee. Before I could sort this out I ended up in hospital on an unrelated matter, so never went ahead with it. I still have the unused kit and may well give it a go later this year.
     
  3. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Obsessing could be why they are well?
    If they are here then they've probably been diagnosed with a life shortening condition.. maybe they/we just want to reduce our risks?

    Edit to make meaning clearer
     
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  4. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @bulkbiker if I may ask, what was your most recent result? I’m trying to get a handle on what one might consider as a normal reading. There’s a lot of opinion out there and I tend to view mainstream “normal” ranges with suspicion since they tend to be based on current population, which means little to me considering the wave of metabolic dysfunction sweeping the globe.

    If you’d prefer not to share your numbers then of course that’s fine. Am I in the ballpark in thinking that perhaps between 3-5mU/L might be regarded as optimal for someone in my position, or is that too optimistic?
     
  5. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Indeed. Especially those of us who have been through life changing complications and came out the other side in one piece. I’m happy obsessing over my health so long as it keeps me breathing. What was that again about being tolerant of other people’s choices?
     
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  6. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    I'm quite happy to share ...
    my last result was 1.06 ... not sure of units..
    Screenshot 2019-02-04 at 13.31.05.png

    With the note

    Screenshot 2019-02-04 at 13.31.17.png
     
  7. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I meant fasting insulin. But I see the number so thanks :)
     
  8. Sue192

    Sue192 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    At the risk of putting my head above the parapet, I think @Mr_Pot makes a valid point. To each his own and whatever helps to get you where you want to be, most definitely, but I sometimes wonder if people newly arrived at this Forum from a diagnosis are overwhelmed with charts, spreadsheets, all manner of diets - keto, very low/no carb, meat only etc - exhortations to do this, DON'T do that, check this, check that, and then run away in fear, having already been alarmed by the dx. On the flip side of that is the immense help and guidance so generously offered that, hopefully, the newbies will also find. I fully realise that members who have spreadsheets etc will find them a great help; others might become stressed by the thought, or stressed by the thought that they are doing something wrong because they aren't micro-managing. To those who run charts and spreadsheets, please do not think this is a criticism as it most certainly isn't, rather that @Mr_Pot's point is an interesting one, and one I hadn't thought of. I must admit I find 'data-logging' fascinating and like looking at members' progresses, but I also admit to being a Luddite! Again, I must say that this is in no way a criticism.
     
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  9. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    When I just had the insulin test done in 2017 I got this.

    Screenshot 2019-02-04 at 13.33.51.png
    Accompanied by this

    Screenshot 2019-02-04 at 13.33.59.png

    Like you I try to care care of my health.. it's the only one I've got!
     
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  10. Jim Lahey

    Jim Lahey I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    It’s not something that I feel the majority should concern themselves with during the earlier times after diagnosis. Although the priority for all insulin resistant diebateics should be to minimise insulin secretion, really the most effective practical measure of this, initially, can be regarded as reduced blood glucose concentrations.”

    “Without wishing to sound pretentious, it’s probably a test that only ‘advanced users’ should bother with. It could very easily and unnecessarily add an extra layer of complexity for most folk.
     
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  11. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Fortunately, we all get to decide at what level we look after ourselves.

    Some people place total confidence in their doc and don't look any further
    Some people look further and adjust lifestyle
    Some look further and adjust diet and lifestyle
    Some look further and educate themselves in things that the doc either doesn't know, or doesn't pass on
    Some people choose to monitor health markers
    Some people choose to monitor health markers that the NHS does not, due to ignorance, policies, or lack of funds
    Some people become experts in their own condition
    Some people choose other priorities
    Some people consider that prioritising their health is actually an excellent way to enjoy life and enjoy it for longer, with a better quality of life.

    Everyone makes their own decision about where on the spectrum they choose to stand.
    Also worth remembering that we each have very different health histories, family health histories, and co-morbidities.
    So anyone deciding that other members

    Is clearly not appreciating that other people have valid health issues that require different management strategies than they themselves choose to employ.

    Isn't it fortunate that we belong to a forum that tolerates all of those perspectives, and prevents people from mocking and denigrating others when they adopt a different perspective?
     
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  12. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    In my post I did say "if you don't have symptoms and the routine tests are ok". Of course people are entitled to do what they think best and makes them happy, but this is a public forum and even if it is not the intention, and whatever disclaimers are included, posts by 'advanced users' are influential, particularly to the newly diagnosed. Having insulin fasting tests that give difficult to interpret results seem to me to be a pointless indulgence - I am sure I am entitled to my own perspective.
     
  13. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Yup, everyone is entitled to their own perspective.
    Fortunately means that a thread on insulinaemia and testing for it is wholly appropriate here, and members are welcome to discuss it, whether you approve it or not.

    Any member, including yourself, is free to read, or not read, threads that they have no interest in, or do not apply to them. This applies to both 'advanced users' and people new to the forum.

    Personally, I am profoundly grateful to the member (I think it may have been @andcol ) who first mentioned physiological insulin resistance to me. And to @Indy51 who first introduced me to Kraft and his decades long study on insulin resistance. And then another member (sorry, forget who) who introduced me to Ivor Cummins with his information on its long term effects on heart disease, metabolic syndrome, brain health, and several other health conditions (see video link above). Especially since so many of the general population are insulin resistant for decades before they become pre-D or type 2, and may well be insulin resistant after they have 'reversed' their T2 and achieved non D HbA1cs.
     
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  14. Flora123

    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I had one done recently along with other hormone tests. Not sure what to do with the information as it seems normal......
    IMG_3423.jpg
     
  15. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Yep looks pretty normal so well done..!
     
  16. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Celebrate :D
     
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  17. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Like everything if you have nothing to compare it to then random tests are ineffective. However as a measure of control and monitoring improvements in condition they can be major motivators. Why bother to have your HbA1c measured annually or six monthly? Why bother to do anything? We could just sit back take the prescription and the pills..many of us choose not too.
     
  18. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Unless it turns out like the test for total cholesterol which people thought was an indicator of impending doom, leading to them being treated with drugs they didn't need, and worrying about a problem they didn't have.
     
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  19. OrsonKartt

    OrsonKartt Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'd just like to chip in and say a really big thank you for those sharing personal info on tests carried out, especially those not on the NHS. I find your info of great personal value. Cheers.
     
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  20. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    But according to you there's nothing we can do about it anyway.. so why are you so worried about it?
     
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