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Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

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Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  johnt on Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:49 pm

If insulin resistance is a major impetus in hairloss, it seems that reversing this is key. My first question is can insulin resistance be reversed and basically cured? And secondly, if so, then what are the best ways to do this? What are the primary things I should be doing in regard to supplementation, diet, lifestyle factors, etc, etc?

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  johnt on Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:51 pm

By the way, type II diabetes runs rampant in my family and I would not be in the least surprised if I have been "pre-diabetic" for quite some time. I really want to work on this angle in my hairloss battle.

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  DM5 on Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:36 am

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  The Natural on Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:17 am

DM5 wrote:http://www.immortalhair.org/theoryinpractice.htm

Magnesium.

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  johnt on Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:34 am

DM5 wrote:http://www.immortalhair.org/theoryinpractice.htm

I take away three things from IH's page:

-Stay away from grains, starch and sugar (I eat limited amounts of all these).

-Take Lipoic Acid (which I do).

-"the inflammation caused from neurotrophins can be thwarted by a combination of Curcumin and Resveratrol (I take both)

I'm still confused however as to whether steps such as these can actually bring my body's insulin sensitivity back to where it was before I became insulin resistant (assuming I am)? Or do steps such as these help lessen the damage that can occur once one becomes insulin resistant? I see a key distinction here -- mitigating the damage once the problem occurs, versus resolving the underlying problem.

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  CausticSymmetry on Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:08 am

Quite a number of natural supplements can improve insulin sensitivity. In fact, every single thing in my regimen improves insulin sensitivity.

Optimizing vitamin D levels.

Lipoic acid

Taking Vitamin K2

Krill Oil

Curcumin

Ecklonia Cava

Biotin

Most of the extras

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  kijumn on Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:29 am

free glutamic acid is the biggest hurdle in my experience.

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  johnt on Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:02 am

CausticSymmetry wrote:Quite a number of natural supplements can improve insulin sensitivity. In fact, every single thing in my regimen improves insulin sensitivity.

Optimizing vitamin D levels.

Lipoic acid

Taking Vitamin K2

Krill Oil

Curcumin

Ecklonia Cava

Biotin

Most of the extras

CS - Something you once said a while back struck a chord with me and I've been thinking about it ever since... I questioned in a post just what it is about hair loss sufferers pre vs. post onset of hairloss, and you mentioned that you believe something in hair loss sufferers pre-hairloss protected us from all the factors that trigger the loss (in other words, we were all exposed to hair loss triggers before we started losing our hair, but we obviously didn't lose it then -- dht, stress, inflammation, etc). Do you think this attribute could be normal insulin sensitivity, and once that was damaged our protection against hair loss diminished, hence we started balding?

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Post  CausticSymmetry on Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:43 am

johnt - I believe the problem is insulin resistance; here's what I mean.

During adolescence, virtually everyone goes through insulin resistance, although it is a transient phenomenon.

There are actually a number of types of hormone resistance (thyroid, and other endocrine hormone secretions), whereby the body is not sensitivity to these hormones.

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  NeoGenesis on Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:25 am

Chromium should also be mentioned when considering insulin resistance because it is often deficient in insulin resistant individuals. A great book about chromium that I read a couple months back and would definately recommend is Lifting Depression: The Chromium Connection by Dr. Malcolm McLeod. McLeod is a psychiatrist who in the book, outlines his discovery of chromium's role in depression. He talks about how insulin resistance plays a large role in depression and that some researchers are describing depression as diabetes of the brain. His book has been out for a while and is available on amazon used. He also has a website http://www.chromiumconnection.com/index.asp if anyone is interested. One side note: Dr. McLeod began to use chromium in his professional practice after a patient of his reported feeling better using it. From there he searched through tons of research that had already been done and even did some of his own personal research on it. I wanted to mention this because it is inspiring to note that one patient mentioning a supplement to his doctor sparked research and a book that has been read by and had helped many, many of people. If only more psychiatrists/doctors this open minded...

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  Polluted on Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:50 am

exercise...strength training increases insulin sensitvity, and should part of you recovery plan along with supps/ diet .

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  CausticSymmetry on Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:07 am

Brewer's yeast is loaded in chromium GTF, along with necessary complex b-vitamins.

Polluted - Good point, this is a topic that hasn't really been addressed on here.

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Re: Can you "cure" insulin resistance?

Post  NeoGenesis on Fri Feb 19, 2010 7:04 pm

CausticSymmetry wrote:Brewer's yeast is loaded in chromium GTF, along with necessary complex b-vitamins.

Yes good point! I take brewer's yeast along with Jarrow's chromium GTF for good measure.

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