...just one question it was mentioned that i should be tested for insulin resistance, i have type 2 diabetes and i take no medication for it, my diabetes is controlled by my diet and so far my doctor is happy with the results and does not feel that i need medication at this point. I was wondering what, if anything does insulin resistance have to do with type 2 diabetes?
I will also mention that all of these symptoms i'm feeling have appeared in the last few months but i have had diabetes since my son was born in 2009.
Lisa – Type II diabetes and insulin resistance are the same thing – just to different degrees.
The pancreas produces excess insulin in response to the glucose in the bloodstream; the cells become resistant to the insulin and will not allow the insulin to open up the cells and let the glucose inside where it can be an energy source. The pancreas produces more and more insulin in an effort to FORCE the cells to open up. Eventually the pancreas will be exhausted and no longer able to produce ANY insulin. (At this point, type II diabetes becomes type I and insulin must be administered externally by syringe.)
If you are able to keep your blood sugar (glucose) low with diet, it may be possible to postpone this transition for a long time. Diabetes is defined by the blood sugar level; insulin resistance can be assumed with a high insulin level.
By the way, the pancreas of a pregnant woman produces excess insulin in order to put weight (fat) on the baby she carries. I would guess that your pancreas did not reset to normal production of insulin after your son was born; your insulin resistance started then, but took this long to build up in your muscle cells and cause the symptoms you are experiencing.
Since you have type II diabetes, you probably have an endocrinologist. Discuss insulin resistance with him and request a fasting blood insulin test. You might even discuss the drug metformin (Glucophage) with him. Metformin increases insulin sensitivity; some people with MS symptoms have seen an improvement with this drug. The drug has been around for a long time and might be worth a trial, if your endocrinologist is willing.