Hyperinsulinemia is a scary condition characterized by the body producing too much insulin in relation to the glucose it contains. As you might have guessed, this condition is often seen alongside type 2 diabetes and can be responsible for many of the symptoms associated with diabetes. However, it can also be caused by a number of different metabolic conditions and in rare cases can come along with serious infections. Generally the treatment for this disease relates to the amount of sugar consumed and reforming a diet, but it doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life.
The first thing to do if you are diagnosed with this condition is to talk with a dietitian and find out what your goals should be. Dietary and exercise control are the most common forms of treatment, generally focusing on reducing the amount of carbohydrates and sugar you consume. In turn, you will be encouraged to eat more protein to keep you full and prevent snacking and more fiber to help your body process what you do take in as food. Exercise is generally on a case by case basis, but being active is good for you, even if you don’t have hyperinsulinemia.
You will be asked to work on your diet and exercise for a few months, coming in for regular checks to see how you are doing and to adjust your plan as needed. If you find yourself unable to make changes due to your lifestyle or are struggling to figure out what to do, you will generally meet with a dietitian again. Being honest about what you eat and taking baby steps to eat less and make changes over time will result in better overall control, don’t try and change yourself overnight.
Most people will be able to control this condition with some lifestyle changes and careful attention to what they put into their bodies. Others will find that even a perfect diet and exercise doesn’t get them to the point of having their life back. For these people, medications such as Metformin and other medications often used by diabetes sufferers will be prescribed. These medications help to control the insulin levels in the body and aid the organs during digestion and throughout the day.
This condition is scary, but you don’t have to give up everything you love or become obsessed with the gym. Small changes and thoughtful living can give you an even fuller life than before you diagnosed.