What is a normal insulin range?
|Insulin Level||Insulin Level (SI Units*)|
|Fasting||< 25 mIU/L||< 174 pmol/L|
|30 minutes after glucose administration||30-230 mIU/L||208-1597 pmol/L|
|1 hour after glucose administration||18-276 mIU/L||125-1917 pmol/L|
|2 hour after glucose administration||16-166 mIU/L||111-1153 pmol/L|
What are the symptoms of high insulin levels?
Symptoms of insulin resistance
- extreme thirst or hunger.
- feeling hungry even after a meal.
- increased or frequent urination.
- tingling sensations in hands or feet.
- feeling more tired than usual.
- frequent infections.
- evidence of high blood sugar levels in blood work.
What happens when insulin levels are high?
It has many functions, such as allowing your cells to take in sugar from your blood for energy. However, living with chronically high levels of insulin, also known as hyperinsulinemia, can lead to excessive weight gain and serious health problems like heart disease and cancer ( 1 , 2 , 3 ).
How can I control my insulin for PCOS?
Diet and exercise are the most fundamental ways for patients to manage insulin levels and control PCOS symptoms. Encourage them to engage in at least moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day to regulate blood glucose levels, even if all they can fit in is a walk at lunch. Also provide general guidance for healthy eating.
How does PCOS affect blood sugar?
A root cause of PCOS Insulin lowers your blood sugar by storing the glucose in cells. The cells become resistant to the constant insulin and need more to be signaled to lower the blood sugar. When this resistance goes on for a while, you have high insulin and high blood sugar.
What foods raise insulin?
The following can cause blood sugar and insulin levels to spike:
- sugary drinks, such as soda, juices, and sports drinks.
- processed foods and baked goods, which often contain trans fats.
- white rice, bread, and pasta.
- breakfast cereals with added sugar.
- yogurts with added sugar.
- honey and maple syrup.
What foods increase insulin?
Foods that are rich in soluble fiber include legumes, oatmeal, flaxseeds, vegetables like Brussels sprouts and fruits like oranges. Eating soluble fiber has many health benefits and has been linked to increased insulin sensitivity.
What foods reduce insulin?
The Diabetes Council recommend eating the following foods to keep insulin and blood sugar levels low:
- peanut butter.
- slow-cooked oatmeal.