ljm, you have pinpoiinted the problem exactly. I have not found a way to reduce insulin levels.
Dieticians I have consulted say the only way is with a diet that reduces glucose (blood sugar). This is basically a low-carb, low sugar diet. I think this is the mechanism that brings some an improvement with the Swank diet or the one described in The Gold Coast Cure
by Andrew Larson, M.D. and his wife Ivy Larson. However, I have tried diet since March, but see no improvement.
My physician said there was no medication to reduce insulin levels, but I learned that Dr. Douglas Feinstein at U of Illinois at Chicago found a woman whose MS dramatically improved by taking pioglitazone (Actos). He is currently doing a larger study with the drug. The Physician's Desk Reference
(PDR) reports the drug reduces circulating insulin levels.
My physician let me try it, but I saw no change in two months so I stopped.
In a post to me jimmylegs informed me of an abstract entitled "Naltrexone effects on insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion in hyperandrogenic women" done by researchers at Universidad de Chile, Santiago. The sentence, "Treatment with naltrexone in hyperandrogenic patients resulted in a decrease in fasting insulin concentrations of 40% and C-peptide concentrations of 50% (p<0.05)." caught my attention.
My physician is letting me try low-dose naltrexone. Three weeks have passed with no changes yet.
I am also now taking Vitamin D supplements after reading:
http://www.uspharmacist.com/index.asp?s ... 8_1396.htm
"Vitamin D Part 2: Low Status and Chronic Diseases"
In the section on Diabetes Mellitus was the sentence:
"The dependence of normal insulin secretion in pancreatic ß-cells on vitamin D has been known for many decades."
Again, I have seen no changes, except I no longer bruise for no reason.
If anyone has other ideas, I am open to suggestions.