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Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by globalpilot, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. globalpilot

    globalpilot Senior Member

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    Hi all,
    I haven't been posting here lately but I want to report a finding that may be affecting my CFS.
    I have had normal fasting and random blood sugar levels as well as normal HbA1c levels throughout the many years I've had CFS. However, recently I did a 2 hour glucose tolerance test which showed a high glucose at 2 hours and low insulin (less than 1/2 of the bottom of the range). So it looks like I have an insulin insufficiency. Looking back I see that 12 years ago I had a glucose tolerance test showing normal glucose levels yet insulin levels bouncing at the bottom of the range. So the low insulin occured first. This may explain why I always felt so fatigued on a low carb diet - not enough insulin to get enough carbs into the cells. I am waiting for my appointment with the endocrinologist. I am curious to see how insulin helps me, if at all.
    I don't think this is the cause of my illness by any means but rather a downstream affect of it.
    All this to say it may be worthwhile to get a glucose tolerance test (with insulin measured as well) and/or to buy a glucose meter and test your glucose at home.
     
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  2. A.B.

    A.B. Senior Member

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    Problems with blood sugar regulation are regularly reported by patients with ME/CFS, but I have never seen this acknowledged in the literature. Many of us had abnormal tests so this is not a misinterpretation of symptoms.

    Although I'm not sure if low insulin on its own means anything.

    @Jonathan Edwards wasn't convinced last time we discussed this.
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2015
  3. globalpilot

    globalpilot Senior Member

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    I'm sorry - but what was Jonathan Edwards not convinced of ?
     

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