High insulin is worse than high blood sugar

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Dear Pharmacist: I am now up to 14 medications for the following problems: high cholesterol, heart disease, pre-diabetes, cataracts, arrhythmias, allergies, memory problems and enlarged prostate (BPH). The medications make me sick and sleepy. I need some fresh perspective. — C.P., Kansas City, Kan.

Dear C.P.: Fresh perspective is my middle name. You take a lot of medicine for many conditions, which makes me wonder why they call it the "golden" years.

From the note you sent me, it appears that no one has measured your serum insulin. Chronically elevated insulin hormone has been associated with Parkinson's disease, nerve pain, cancer and autoimmune diseases like lupus. Breast and pancreatic cancers are connected to high insulin. There are many well-designed clinical trials published in respected journals that show an association between high insulin and the very disorders that you have.

Insulin is a pancreatic hormone that reduces blood sugar (which rises after you eat a meal). You should measure both glucose and insulin. Remember, insulin puts sugar into the cell, so if you have a lot of sugar in your system, then your insulin can be very high for many years while your blood sugar remains normal. This is a dangerous place to be because you're being told you do not have diabetes.

Some people are perfect on a fasting blood glucose test, but when they eat, their insulin goes haywire. So a postprandial blood glucose test is important, too.

For information, including proper ranges for all your labs, as well as supplements that lower blood sugar, just sign up for my free newsletter at SuzyCohen.com.

This is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Go to SuzyCohen.com.

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