Before I was diagnosed with insulin resistance, I had no idea what the problem was. I felt that my body was going out of control and I couldn’t pinpoint the reason. I had regular blood sugar level tests as diabetes runs in my family but my blood sugar levels hovered around 5.5.
I made a list of symptoms that I had at the time which I took to my doctor. I decided to share the list so here they are, my Top 10 Symptoms of Insulin Resistance.
1. Excessive hunger after 1 hour of eating
Within an hour of eating, often a large meal, I would fell insanely hungry. I had hunger pains which were unbearable at times. The only way to rectify was to eat something. And the cycle continued.
2. Rapid Weight Gain
My weight increased every 2-3 weeks. All my clothes were getting tight, right down to underwear, stockings and shoes. I had to buy bigger size clothes but then they wouldn’t fit after 2-3 weeks.
3. Large Girth Size
My belly size was the widest part of me and I could rarely find clothes that fitted this “distorted” figure that I developed.
4. Massive Heartburn
Along with the uncontrollable hunger, I would get moderate to severe heartburn which sometimes would wake me up in the middle of the night. At times, I couldn’t breathe. One way to help the heartburn was to eat something, no matter how small.
5. Craving Carbs
This might have been a clue but I didn’t realise it until my specialist asked the question. My reply was a no, then he asked me what I ate for lunch and dinner, and the light bulb went on. Pasta, rice, potatoes, bread albeit in low fat dishes.
6. Fluid Retention
I was bloated. I would swell like a balloon at times, especially in the face in spite of taking fluid retention tablets to the point that I couldn’t wear some shoes on certain days.
7. Trouble Walking
I had trouble walking in general, particularity uphill. Suddenly, stairs became a challenge. Taking a shower left me tired. Getting dressed (trousers, socks etc) became a huge effort. I began to move very slowly.
8. General Discomfort
No matter if I was sitting, standing or lying down I felt uncomfortable in my body. Even wearing the most comfortable of clothes, I couldn’t feel that my body was at rest. I was lethargic most of the time.
9. Low Moods
Not surprisingly, my mood bordered on depression. I felt very self conscious and worried because I was out of control.
10. Appetite Suppressants Didn’t Work
In my desperate attempts to lose weight, and under the guidance of my doctor, I took appetite suppressants. I had the worst symptoms and after 1 month on the medication, I lost just one kilogram, most likely just fluid.
The Good News
I have been on the insulin resistance diet recommended by my specialist for about 9 months and I am happy to say that most of the symptoms above have either completely disappeared or have become very infrequent. I also noticed by giving up processed food, my palate improved dramatically and I can taste food a lot better than before. I have lost just under 10 kg and about 17 cm off the waist (it fluctuates). For a petite person, the effect is phenomenal and my specialist is very pleased with my progress.
It’s not easy and it’s bloody hard work at times. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my work requires me not to eat at home in the evenings, so it’s very tough sticking to the food that I cook for all three meals. But I have been very diligent at other times and I see the results.I am not on Metformin (had a severe reaction) so it’s all controlled by diet. I will be having a blood test on the year anniversary of the diagnosis.
I hope this helps anyone who has been diagnosed with insulin resistance or pre-diabetes or is feeling like I did, out of control. If you find it useful, please feel free to share on social media.