I want to answer a question. Why do I have insulin resistance but normal A1C?
I had a client asked me this, so I’m just going to do a video on it. First of all, what is insulin resistance? It’s a pre-diabetic state. It’s something that comes before diabetes. It’s a situation where you’re having higher amounts of insulin because insulin is not working, so then the body makes more, so that’s what that is.
Then A1C is a test to diagnose diabetes and A1C, it test an average of three months of your blood sugar, so it’s more reliable than just one blood sugar test. A1C should be like high fours, fives, low fives. But, when it gets into higher fives, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, and then you have a serious blood sugar, you’re already diabetic. That’s how they diagnose it. Check this out.
You first get insulin resistance. Then it converts into a type 2 diabetes which is the first stage where you’re actual officially have problems with your blood sugar. Now, here’s the thing. It takes 10 years for this to develop in some cases. Sometimes it’s a lot shorter but, in a lot of cases, it’s 10 years. You may test it in the transition phase where it’s subclinical.
It doesn’t show up on your blood sugars yet so, of course, it’s not going to show up in the A1C yet because it hasn’t affected your blood sugars necessarily. The insulin is high but it hasn’t done anything with the blood sugars yet. One test that you could do for insulin resistance, and I’ll do a specific video on this, is a fasting insulin test, not the fasting glucose test.
That way you can pick this up a lot better. What happens, you got insulin resistance, type 2 and even type 2 can turn into a type 1 when there’s no more insulin. However, there are other causes of type 1.
There is also a genetic type. It’s also autoimmune triggered by stress. But, if you take a type 2 over a period of time, if notice a lot of type 2s, they started in metformin and then, all of a sudden, they need more insulin, and more insulin, and more insulin. Why? Because their cells that produce insulin are wearing out over time and then to the point where also they don’t produce any insulin, and they would be officially categorized as a type 1.
Type 1 just doesn’t produce anymore insulin. The cells are exhausted. This is the cycle of worsening of blood sugar. I hope that answered this question and put your comments below. Thanks for watching. Hey, guys. Thank you so much for watching. Please click the subscribe button and I will see you in the next video.