Re: insulin resistance test

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Posted by Ellen Bender on April 24, 19100 at 09:16:49:

In Reply to: insulin resistance test posted by Kellie on April 22, 19100 at 19:16:23:

Kellie: I am so sorry about your miscarriages. I am assuming from your e-mail that your doctors were unable to pinpoint a cause for the miscarriages. Do you have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)? If so, your doctor may want to check to see whether you are insulin resistant or perhaps even whether you have diabetes. Diabetes itself increases the risk of miscarriage. The test is a blood test, either after fasting for a number of hours or several hours after ingesting a sugary drink. If you turn out to be insulin resistant, your doctor may consider putting you on insulin sensitizing medications like metformin. If you are overweight and have PCOS, you may want to consider a low carbohydrate diet and exercise program, since a weight loss of even 5 to 10% can increase fertility in women with PCOS. I am speculating here because you haven't said that you have PCOS but if your doctor wants to test for insulin resistance, it's possible. I would talk to your doctor about all of these issues. Ellen Bender, AIA's PCOS Center

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